kiddie pool, parent co summer camp digest

The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.

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When in comes to the great outdoors there are two types of people: those who rough it and those who glamp it. But what is summer without a good campout? Nature resets something in all of us that needs slowing. It’s a handy serving size of meditative contemplation and it reminds us what the world looks like on the other side of the window. Every kid needs to sleep in a tent, count the stars, and roast some marshmallows at least once. So, whether you’re a camper or a glamper, this week’s geek campout series is for you.


illustration of mountains and camping

Fun facts

Fireflies can synchronize their light so they flash at the same time.
You can calculate the temperature by counting the number of cricket chirps you hear in 14 seconds and adding 40 to it.
Jordan Romero, a 13-year-old boy from the United States, holds the record for the youngest to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
The world's most expensive RV is around $3 million dollars and has a fireplace, flat screen televisions, rain showers, and a star-gazing roof.

Watch & Learn


kiddie pool summer digest for kids, watch and learn


Stella and Sam-Camping Out Music Video

7 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius


The Beauty of Mathematics

The Towns that Embrace the Darkness to See Starlight




Jokes for your kids
How do you keep your sleeping bag from getting stretched out? (Don’t sleep too long in it! )
If you’re in the woods, how can you tell if a tree is a dogwood? (By its bark.)
What do you call a group of grizzlies cracking up together? (A BEARel of laughs.)
What does a robot frog say? (Rib-bot...Said in your best robot voice)
Why can't basketball players go camping? (They'd get called for traveling.

Glow Paint Campfire for the Great Out (or In) Doors

kiddie pool summer digest for kids, deep dive

  1. Red, orange, and blue glow-in-the-dark paint
  2. Mason jars with lids in various sizes.
  3. Water and liquid dish soap and bubble wands.
  4. Black light (optional)

Fill the mason jars with varying levels of water. You want the levels to be different to make the flames more “natural” (as natural as flames made of water and soap and paint can look).


Add 1 tsp of dish soap and one squirt of paint per cup of water to each jar. Use the blue paint in the smaller jars that will be in the center of your fire to mimic the hottest part of the flame. Use red and orange paint for the larger jars which will be the base of your fire.


Stir gently and replace lids. Now circle up your jars, stacking the smallest jars on top and in the middle to resemble a fire.


Turn the lights off if you’re inside and flip on that black light if you’ve got one. If you’re outside, enjoy the chemical ambiance. Sit back and relax.

Bonus! When the kids get bored (which of course they will because…kids), unscrew the lids, grab the bubble wands and let them blow some glow in the dark bubbles in the great outdoors.

Covet & Collect


kiddie pool summer digest for kids, covet and collect products

Glow Paint


Family Fun S’Mores Maker


pop up camping tent for indoor camping


Pop Up Camping Tent


fishing campfire stick

Fishing Poke Campfire Roaster

Get your groove on

kiddie pool summer digest for kids, music playlist

  1. “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver
  2. “Frog Trouble” by Dwight Yoakam
  3. “Be the Lake” by Brad Paisley
  4. “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show
  5. “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin
  6. “The Time of Your Life” by Randy Newman (from A Bug’s Life)
  7. Down in the Valley” by The Head and the Heart
  8. “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty
  9. “The Travelling Kind” by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
  10. “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay

 Page Turners


kiddie pool summer digest for kids, books

Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping

by Melanie Watt

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee

by Chris Van Dusen

Goodnight, Campsite

by Loretta Sponsler



kiddie pool summer digest for kids, stars

kiddie pool constellation virgo

Virgo is the second largest constellation and appropriate for all the geeks out there as it makes up the most common astrological sign for the world’s top billionaires according to Forbes. Virgos are known for their intelligence, hard work and practicality.

Find Virgo yourself!

star walk


Star WalkStar Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 

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