Kwarantine Kampapalooza 2020!

May 16th -17th


Social Distancing Under the Stars


Follow these tips for a perfect family campout (either outside or in your living room):

Get Your BBQ On! 

Place your orders for delicious barbecue (and all of the fixins) from these two local businesses, and receive 15% off.


Rollin’ Smoke BBQ. 43752 Tolamac Dr. Ashburn, Virginia 20147 (703) 459-0226

Order online at Pickup Saturday 3-6pm.

Use code LCDS15



Smokin’ Willies. 201 N Maple Ave #6102, Purcellville, VA 20132

(540) 441-7081

Pickup 12-7pm on May 16th.

Place orders by May 13th.


Elevate Your S’mores.

Yes, s’mores are perfection on their own. But if you can’t go outside, or want to take it up a notch, try these 3 scrumptious takes on the campfire confection.


S'mores Dip

  • 1 cup chocolate chips 

  • 8 large marshmallows 

  • graham crackers for dipping

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450. 

  2. In a cast iron skillet, add the chocolate chips. Snip the large marshmallows in half and top the chocolate chips with them. (You could also use a scoop of mini marshmallows alternatively.) 

  3. Once the oven is up to temperature, add the skillet to the oven. Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until the marshmallows turn golden brown. 

  4. Serve with graham crackers for scooping. 

Recipe source: Dessert for Two

S’mores Pops

  • 4 whole graham crackers, coarsely crushed

  • 24 lollipop sticks

  • 24 large marshmallows

  • 4 ounces milk chocolate candy coating, melted

How to:

  1. Place crushed crackers in a shallow bowl. Insert one lollipop stick into each marshmallow. Dip two-thirds of each marshmallow in melted candy coating; allow excess to drip off. Dip in cracker crumbs, covering about half of the chocolate.

  2. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe source: Taste of Home

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S’mores French Toast (Yummy Sunday Morning Breakfast)


  • 2 large eggs

  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk

  • 10 whole graham crackers, coarsely crushed (about 1-3/4 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • slices French bread (3/4 inch thick)

  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows

  • chocolate syrup, optional



  • In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and milk until blended. Place graham cracker crumbs in another shallow bowl.

  • Grease a griddle with butter; heat over medium heat. Dip both sides of bread in egg mixture, then in crumbs, patting to help coating adhere. Place bread on griddle; toast 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Sprinkle chocolate chips and marshmallows over each of four toast slices; top with remaining toast. If desired, serve with chocolate syrup.

Recipe source: Taste of Home

Swap Your Quarantini For One of These Adult Beverages.


Whether it's an ultimate summertime classic, here a few summer cocktail recipes that are sure to dazzle the taste buds. If you aren't into alcohol just replace the alcohol with a nice sparkling lime drink or seltzer water.

Bee’s Knees Shandy

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 4 tbsp. 

  • pure honey

  • 2 cups 

  • gin

  • 1/2 cup

  • beer (such as a lager or pilsner)

  • Lemon wedges, for garnish

  1. Stir together fresh lemon juice and pure honey in a pitcher until honey is dissolved. Stir in 2 cups gin. 

  2. Pour gin mixture over ice; top with beer (such as a lager or pilsner). Garnish with lemon wedges.

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Spiced Mule

  • 1 Lime

  • 1 Mint, SPRIG

  • 4 oz Ginger beer

  • 1 1/2 oz Captain Morgan spiced rum

Watermelon Crush

  • 1 Orange, medium

  • 1 1/2 cups Orangina or orange italian soda

  • 2 cups Pomegranate, juice

  • 4 cups Watermelon chunks

  • 2 1/2 cups Watermelon juice

  • 1/2 cup Brandy

  • 1 bottle Red wine


Blackberry Lime Fizz

  • 1/4 cup Blackberries, Fresh

  • 1 Limes and blackberries

  • 6 oz Limeade

  • 2 oz Silver or white tequila

Pitch Your Tent.


Watch this video for an easy 5-step system to get it done quickly.

Light Your Fire.

What’s a campout without a fire? Follow along with this video to get those flames going.

Set Up An Outdoor Theater. 


After you pitch your tent, put up this huge (almost 12x12-foot) self-inflatable movie screen in seconds, and pick one of the classic movies below:

12 Awesome Movies for a Family Campout

  • The Sound of Music

  • E.T.

  • Charlotte’s Web

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  • The Wizard of Oz

  • Back to the Future

  • Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

  • The Great Outdoors

  • Parent Trap

  • Heavyweights

  • Kamp Nowhere

  • Moonlight Kingdom

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No Outdoor Theater? No Problem!


Check out these 3 podcasts the entire family can enjoy.


Kid-friendly renditions of classic stories, fairy tales, and original works. These longer stories with a vivid vocabulary are great for bigger kids past the age for picture books but who still love a good bedtime story


Kids are always asking seemingly simple questions that have surprisingly complex answers, such as "Why is the sky blue?" and "Who invented words?" This cute biweekly radio show/podcast takes on answering them. Each episode features several kid-submitted questions, usually on a single theme, and with the help of experts, it gives clear, interesting answers.


Tumble addresses fascinating topics but also tries to foster a love of science itself by interviewing scientists about their process and discoveries. The hosts don't assume that listeners have a science background -- but even kids who think they don't like science may change their minds after listening to this podcast.

Get Your Game On! 


Sleeping Bag Race

  • Think potato sack race, but use sleeping bags instead.

  • Each person steps into their sleeping bag at the designated starting point.

  • On go, run or hop without leaving the bag until the winner crosses the finish line.

Squirt Gun Races


  • Make a line of empty plastic drinking cups along the edge of a picnic table.

  • Fill a squirt gun with water. 

  • On go, squirt the cups until they fall off the edge of the table.

  • You can play with multiple players and see who can knock the most cups off, or you can time each player to see who can clear the table the fastest.

Not Into the Great Outdoors? 

Here’s how to set up camp in the comfort of your home. No bug spray required.

Set the mood

Turn off the lights and use a flashlight all night. There’s no electricity on a camping trip so don’t use any tonight:  no computer, TV or phone. Give the kids glow sticks , make finger shadows on the tent wall with a flashlight, play cards, tell ghost stories, play board games, sing songs around your "camp fire”… which you can make  by:


Construction Paper Campfire


Tin Can Lanterns

Don’t forget the compass! Here’s how your kids can make their own:

Happy Camping!