Camping is just made for kids, who love to explore, get dirty, and eat whatever they can by shoving a stick into a campfire. We think camping is a rite of passage for kids growing up, so we fully support making sure that their needs are met when it comes to camping gear. An uncomfortable child is a force to be reckoned with, and it goes beyond their physical comfort. Keeping your kids entertained and involved is the secret to a smooth weekend excursion that everyone will look back on fondly. Here are some of our suggestions for outdoor gear for the kids you can find at SunnySports.
One of the major concerns with kids, no matter what activity you’re undertaking, is how long it will be before they completely outgrow the necessary gear. Kids go through growth spurts at various ages, so you could literally buy them something too big one month and have them completely outgrown it by the next month. The Mountain Goat mummy bag from Mountain Hardware tackles that very issue, and the design does its best to buy you some time between gear purchases for the kids. The foot of this mummy bag features integrated drawcords that allow you to adjust the length of this 63″ bag to accommodate a larger or smaller occupant, with a maximum height capacity of 5 feet. A snug face gasket keeps heat trapped inside the bag where it belongs, and a chest pocket with Velcro closure is perfect for keeping MP3 players and other essential kid gadgets nearby. Rated down to 20F, this bag is a great long term(ish) investment for your growing little camper. Includes compression sack and mesh storage bag, and is available in pink and blue color combinations.
Although family camping trips are great bonding moments and quality time spent together, it’s nice for kids and grownups to have their own space to go to when they feel like it. This dome tent for kids from GigaTent is economical, takes up only 6 feet of space, and gives the kids a space for play, naps, or games while leaving the family tent neat and organized. Setup is a snap with just two fiberglass poles, and the tent has plenty of ventilation with 2 roof vents and 2 windows on each side of the tent. Just like the blanket forts at home, a kid-sized tent will provide hours of entertainment while the big kids relax in the outdoors.
Kids love traditions, like roasting marshmallows to make s’mores, or paddle races across the lake. Start a brand new tradition when you bring out the Play and Freeze ice cream ball from YayLabs! and watch their little faces light up. This fun activity/treat for kids (and adults!) requires only milk, sugar, flavoring, salt, and ice and a little fun between friends to produce a pint of ice cream in the outdoors! That’s the same as the cartons of Ben and Jerry’s you get at the grocery store, but made with your own hands. It can be used without it, but adding the inflatable cover makes it ouch-free for smaller kids who also want to play Hot Potato to make the ice cream. This is one of the most fun and delicious ways to get the whole family in on the action! Available in 3 colors.