Family Camping Made Easy and Fun

Summer camp is a fond, childhood memory for most us. The best we can do is relive it vicariously when our children are old enough, right? Fortunately for you, the Olympic Park Institute wants you to paddle your own canoe—shoulder to shoulder with your kids. The award-winning non-profit, known for its stellar school programs, has started a new program for familes that runs from late spring to early fall.

It has all of the best things you remember as a kid at camp; making s’mores, singing around the campfire and hiking the forests—but this time around you get to share the magic with your whole family. Activities include a canoe ride, arts and crafts and hiking with naturalists. There’s even a chance for parents to take a break. While camp staffers explore the woods and meadows with the kids, parents can do yoga, hike or just take a nap (doesn’t that sound divine?).

The Institute’s family program lets you stay with your family in private or shared cabins, and all of your meals are included during the two-night stay. It’s a scenic two-and-a-half-hour trip from Seattle to the campsite located on the gorgeous Lake Crescent on the Olympic Peninsula.

Most of the family programs are held Friday and Saturday nights, but there is an extended 4-day Family Adventure in mid-July during the Lavender Festival.  Check out the website for more information and get ready for camp!

-Sabrina Kang