Going camping with kids is a classic childhood activity. We had taken my older two camping, but my younger daughter had never been so it has been on our family to do list for a while.
When KOA asked if we wanted to try out one of their Kampgrounds this summer we jumped at the chance. It was a ton of fun discovering “What is behind the yellow sign” and we came up with a list of must-do camping activities for kids!
We stayed at the Naples/Marco Island KOA campground in FL which is considered a KOA Holiday campground. They say Holiday campgrounds make great base camps for discovering a new area and I would have to agree—it was the perfect spot to experience all of the fun of camping while also exploring the beaches of Marco Island.
Things to Do at Naples/Marco Island KOA Campground
We booked our stay without knowing a lot about the area and loved that we didn’t have to spend a ton of time researching activities. At the Naples/Marco Island KOA you can swim in the large pool, go in the hot tub, go fishing, walk on the nature paths, rent a canoe, play on the Fishing Shack themed playground and rent bicycles without having to leave the campground. There are even manatees in Henderson Creek that campers have seen while canoeing and kayaking!
In addition to the activities on site the owners also highly recommended checking out the local beaches and explained that the area is known for their shelling and white sand beaches. Yay!
There are also airboat tours of the Everglades nearby that we hope to check out on our next visit.
Camping in a Cabin with Kids
There were so many fun activities to do at the campground, but getting to sleep in the cabin and cook over the campfire was by far my kids’ favorite!
We stayed in a Deluxe Cabin that has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom with a shower, air conditioning and even a flat screen TV. There is also a small kitchen area, free wifi, a large screened-in porch, a gas grill and huge fire pit stocked with firewood. It is a non-camper’s dream!
For those that are more into “roughing it” than we are, they also have tent sites, RV sites and one room camping cabins (without a bathroom).
Best Camping Activities for Kids
With so many things to do at a KOA campground and even more in the surrounding towns there aren’t a lot of activities you have to plan for your kids, but there are some we think you just must do.
These are the best camping activities for kids that make a family camping trip complete!
- Go on a nature walk.
- Cook over the campfire.
- Watch for animals.
- Make s’mores.
- Tell stories by the fire.
- Play cards or board games.
- Make leaf prints and rock pets.
- Play flashlight tag.
- Sing campfire songs.
- Make shadow puppets
- Catch fireflies or other bugs.
- Look at the stars.
Camping Boredom Busters
If you are looking for more fun ideas you can also try these camping “boredom busters” for kids:
- Go on a scavenger hunt.
- Read a book.
- Play glow in the dark tic tac toe.
- Go swimming.
- Play catch.
- Make nature sketches.
- Decorate your own sit-upons.
- Bike ride.
- Find a walking stick and go on a hike.
- Go fishing.
- Make ice cream in a bag.
- Rent a canoe.
- Make a friendship bracelets.
- Play I Spy.
- Make stone sculptures.
- Skip stones.
- Tie dye a shirt.
- Cloud watch.
One of the things we enjoyed most about our family camping trip was the chance to just hang out and be together. We took advantage of our screened in porch and spent time outside drawing, reading and watching the animals and bugs all around us. If you follow me on Instagram you know that we met up with a family of racoons and got to see a live sand dollar on the beach.
Keeping the activities simple and fun is a great way for everyone to enjoy a vacation! (It also helped to have a well-stocked campground with people who are there with tips and supplies—they even have coffee in the general store!)
To read other families’ camping experiences visit the KOA Family Camping round up page on Trekaroo!
Disclosure: I have received a complimentary stay at KOA via Kampgrounds of America, but all opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post for Mom It Forward.