Keeping the kids entertained during bad weather

Claudia Bouma — 4 August 2016

Everyone loves camping when the sun is shining and the weather forecast promises endless warm days without rain. It’s the perfect time to go to the beach, head off on a long hike or simply laze around at camp. Kids can play outside for hours and ride their bikes.

However, we live in a country of extremes and the weather can change from one day to the next… sometimes one hour to the next! Are you prepared for the different scenarios the weather can throw at you?


Most of us don’t mind it hot but it is important to bear certain things in mind when the temperature gauge starts to rise above 35. Heat exhaustion is a real danger which shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Stay out of the direct sun as much as possible and find a comfortable, shady spot during the heat of the day. If you’re fortunate enough to be near the ocean or a pool, have a quick dip and let yourself dry in the shade. Drink plenty of water, apply sunscreen and always wear a hat.

Now is not the time to head off on a long hike or visit an attraction that requires you to be in the sun for hours on end. Still, plenty of people decide to embark on outings without considering the real dangers. The consequences can be serious with people ending up in hospitals due to severe dehydration or heat stroke.

Kids are particularly vulnerable and need to be taught to stay out of the sun on extremely hot days.


Camping can soon become a challenging experience when it starts to rain. A shower is fine, and even drizzle for a day can be enjoyable as you sit inside your rig and listen to the raindrops hitting the roof.

However, enjoyment can turn to boredom all too quickly, especially with kids in the picture. How will they entertain themselves if they can’t get outside for a couple of days in a row?

During our recent trip to the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia we experienced two days of continuous rain. The kids brought out the card games, Uno, Skip-Bo, Phase 10 and we played for hours.

We’re also fans of the Smart Games which you play by yourself and they soon become addictive, at least that’s my personal experience. A favourite would be Vikings or Colour Code. Rush Hour is another compact game which can entertain for hours. Apparently the Monopoly Deal card game is a great way to play a version of Monopoly without having to bring a large board game – 20 minutes is all it takes to complete one game.

It pays to be prepared for whatever the weather is going to throw at you. Bringing the right equipment and a couple of games could make the difference between a disappointing and an enjoyable camping trip.


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Chris Bouma