How to go camping in your backyard

If your kids aren't quite ready to go camping in the woods, try camping in the backyard. Here are some tips to make sure your kid enjoys her first outdoor sleepover.

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Camping is a rite of passage for many Canadian families, but not every child will be comfy with the idea of sleeping in the woods, far from home. So why not start slow and snooze under the stars in your backyard? Here are a few tips to make it extra fun.

1. Grab some Glow Sticks from the dollar store. Put them in empty water bottles and play backyard bowling in the dark or make them round like bracelets and play nighttime ring toss. When it’s time to go to sleep, the sticks work as night lights for little ones who may be a bit nervous.

2. Download the free SkyView app. Just point your phone or tablet at the sky, and the app will detect constellations and planets and overlay them on your screen. The app is available for free for Apple and Android devices.

3. Let each of your kids bring a comfort item from their bedroom to help them fall asleep.

4. Be flexible. If your child isn’t having fun, allow yourself the freedom to call it quits and head inside.

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