Who said that you need to leave your driveway and go into nature to go camping? Surprise the kids with a backyard BBQ and camp out.
The only thing that you need is a tent and a flashlight… I have a 4 person one that the boys in our family use for these mini-camps. My nephews normally come over too and they sit outside with their flashlights and lanterns and giggle and tell jokes.
So, even if you can not venture out into nature… This is the perfect alternative!! And MOM still gets to sleep in her soft bed!