Create a kid-friendly getaway complete with sleeping bags and a bonfire―without the travel.
If you don’t have one, borrow from a friend or neighbor. Stock it with flashlights, sleeping bags, stuffed animals, pillows and books―then get ready to snuggle up.
Call your fire department and ask if conditions are favorable for an outdoor blaze. If you get the go-ahead, start your fire at least 10 feet away from your home. Make sure the area is clear of dry leaves and grass, which could catch fire if ignited by sparks. Stash a fire extinguisher and buckets of water or a hose nearby and keep a close watch on the flames.
Check out a Goosebumps series book (by author R.L. Stine) from the library and read aloud a few chapters. Encourage shouts of “Boo” and “Eek!”
Seek out stars in the night sky. At stardate.org, click on “Weekly Tips” under “Stargazing” to learn about the constellations you and your brood could find during your campout.