Camping is made for children – the chance to run free and explore the great outdoors, peer into rock pools, make sand castles and new friends under endless blue skies. But even the best laid plans can go awry when the heavens open. You may have packed the waterproofs and a couple of spare umbrellas, but that doesn’t solve the problem of what to do with energetic children confined in a small space.
Don’t despair! The stress of sulky teenagers and fractious toddlers can be avoided with a little forward planning. If you’re camping in the UK or out of season, choose a site that has a range of activities under cover. An indoor swimming pool is popular for all ages; a room with electronic games, TV and pool table will keep teenagers occupied, while younger children can join the Kids’ Club and have fun in the play area. A drying room and launderette will come in very handy.
Good old fashioned games
Getting out and about
Camping Bingo is a new twist on an old favourite, and a great activity whatever the weather. Just print off the cards before you go and send the kids out to see how many they can spot:
Round off the day with a mug of hot chocolate and a bedtime story and you’ve got all the ingredients for a memorable holiday, whatever the weather.
Come rain or shine, choosing the right campsite will always ensure that you and your little ones have the best time away. Take a look at our recommended Sites for Children here!