Summer may be coming to a close, but camping season is still going strong. In the coming months, make the most of the cooler weather by creating a cozy campsite at home. At Solstice™, you’ll find three distinctive collections that are the perfect place to pitch your tent. We’ve rounded up creative tips to help you and your family enjoy your backyard camping bonanza.
Pitch a Tent
Grab your family and get ready to sleep under the stars. To practice your technique, dust off the old family tent and enlist the help of your kiddos to set it up. While a traditional tent will protect against unexpected rain or the neighbor’s sprinklers, get creative by crafting your own. Create a triangular teepee using inexpensive wooden dowels, rope, and a painter’s drop cloth for an unforgettable backyard camping experience. Add fluffy pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags to keep your kiddos toasty warm through the night. Snag your snuggly gear from your stunning bedrooms — the Stargaze Collection offers plush options your family will be happy to return to after your weekend of backyard camping.
Craft Camp Food Classics
In the kitchen, roast hot dogs and vegetables in the oven or build juicy skillet burgers. Before heading to the backyard, prepare your campsite meals in a stunning kitchen from the Harmony Collection — spacious countertops make it easy for your family to chop veggies and mix a refreshing pitcher of lemonade. Don’t forget the king of campsite desserts — ooey, gooey s’mores that you can make in the air fryer. After dessert, it’s time for games!
Unplug from your devices and connect with your family over classic camping fun like charades, Pictionary, hosting a talent show, or telling spooky stories. Have fun challenging and cheering for each other while showing off your skills and competing for the top prize. Whether the kiddos stay up late or doze off to sleep, turn camping into glamping by setting up an outdoor movie theater to stream your favorite films. Enjoy your movie marathon with a hot cup of cocoa you can grab from the kitchen. Stunning sliding glass doors from the Trails Edge Collection help you easily transition from the backyard to the kitchen to replenish your snacks and refill your beverages.
Go On A Nature Walk
In the morning, set out for an energizing nature walk with your family. With future neighborhood parks and trails — plus the High Line Canal that sweeps through the community — your family will love connecting with your natural surroundings. Embark on a scavenger hunt to spot local birds, native plants, and crawly critters. In your backpack, be sure to stow sunscreen, water, healthy trail mix, and a container to gather interesting leaves, twigs, and rocks you find along the way.
At Solstice™, extend your summer by camping in your own backyard. With three unique collections from Shea HomesⓇ, you’ll love using your home as an unforgettable basecamp. Find your forever home by contacting us at 866-696-7432 — and don’t forget to share snapshots of your at-home campsite with us on Instagram!