When my kids started asking me about going on a camping trip, a light went off in my head. Why not have a camping staycation at home, without the mosquito repellent and outdoor bathrooms? I think my kids were more enamored with the idea of a tent than the actual concept of camping, and this way we would have all the comforts of home.
First things first, we needed a tent. The key to a card table tent is that you want your sheet/blanket/tablecloth larger than your card table. I chose a groovy 60s-inspired Vera Neumann tablecloth. Once you have chosen your fabric, drape it over the card table to make a small, encapsulated room. You can leave the edges as is, or you can make cute little pleats like I did. I folded my edges as if I were wrapping a gift and added a clothespin to hold everything together.
Once your tent is made, it’s time to fill it up and place it somewhere your kids will want to hang out. A small light, comfy pillows, crafts and healthy snacks kept my kids busy for hours!
Thanks to my Omega wide-mouth juicer, I have long been a believer that my kids will eat almost anything, including spinach, if it’s frozen into popsicle form. Juicers are great for making popsicle juice because they remove the pulp and texture that can sometimes turn kids off of healthy smoothie drinks. I recommend using a lot of fruit to tone down the vegetable flavor. Another suggestion is to use dark-colored fruits like blueberries to disguise the green color. I’m a fan of purple kale because kale is not as strong tasting as a lot of other veggies, and it’s already purple! All that’s left to do is freeze your fruit and veggie mixture into popsicle form!
Once your popsicles are frozen, serve them and then sit back and pat yourself on the back —you managed to get a serving of veggies into your kids’ diets! S’mores would have been more like actual camping, but beets and purple kale are more like a glamping staycation. Maybe next time I’ll offer cucumber-infused water and massages.
Now that the kids are fed, it’s time to keep them occupied. Small craft kits are a perfect glamping activity. Everything that’s needed to complete an entire activity is included in these types of kits, along with easy-to-follow instructions.
My daughter loved sitting in the tent stringing beads, doing scratch art and making sticker mosaics. She displayed her art in the tent when she was finished.
Someday I will take the kids camping, but in the meantime, they are beyond thrilled about their glamping staycation in the living room.