Tom: I love the backyard campout as a way to get away outdoors with young kids without going out of town.
When we had our landscaping redone I included an open hardscape space (crushed granite) shaped like a campsite in our front yard. (The landscape architect thought I was nuts. Maybe I am.) We now use the space to have front yard campfires, and make s'mores, etc. We live in a central location on a court, so having the space in the front yard has made campfire evenings inviting for neighbors as well. We get outdoor campfire time, plus a bit of local community wrapped together, without ever leaving home. It really adds to a weekend where other obligations prevent us going out of town to the wilderness.