Never Grow Up: 10 Musts for the Perfect Family Hideout

Peter Pan FortI can remember spending entire childhood days building forts and then hiding out in there playing, daydreaming, and masterminding ways to keep my siblings OUT, but they were persistent and I usually let them join me in my little hovel built of blankets and computer tape. Does anyone else remember computer tape? That makes me feel old, but guess what makes me feel like a kid again? Building a fort with the entire family on a lazy Sunday. If it’s been a while, we highly recommend blocking out a few hours with the littles and creating a cozy cave in which to spend the day. This was the perfect reminder for us, and the kids,  that even though we are all getting older every day, it’s possible (and a blast) to Never Grow Up in our hearts.
Peter Pan Fort

Peter Pan Fort

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Everyone has a preferred method for building a fort but in our opinion there are 10 Musts for the Perfect Family Hideout. Can you guess what they are?

Peter Pan Fort
Let’s start with the basics to build your structure.

1. Blankets. All hideouts need a roof. They just do.

2. Chairs. You own at least four. They are highly portable and work well for the walls of a quality hideout.

3. Rope. Or computer tape if you were born before 1980 and tend to hang on to things. Run your rope across the room to create a tent-like structure, drape a blanket over and attach the corners of the blanket to the chairs. We love these Highland 9052000 Mini Bungee Cords.
Peter Pan Fort

Now that you have a structure, let’s make thing cozy.

4. Seats. For tired old grown-ups to spend time in a hideout, you need seating. We pulled out a few beanbags and our Anywhere Chairs and made things comfy.

5. Rugs. Cover the floor with blankets and rugs for a cozy home within your home.

Peter Pan Fort

6. Snacks. Must we explain? Obviously you need snacks. You will likely need beverages too, we will leave WHICH beverages up to you.

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7. Lights. Twinkle lights, flashlights, and battery candles all make your hideout more magical as you wind down into evening.

8. A Sign. Since this was a family affair, we kept things sweet, but don’t be surprised when you are banned from the next fort by a big KEEP OUT.

Peter Pan Fort

 9. Family. Leave your troubles and to-do list outside, grab a silly hat and enjoy a lovely afternoon with your beautiful babies in their tiny Never Grow Up world.

Peter Pan Fort

10. Fun! Stock up with Movies, games, instruments, and books, and before you know it, it will be time to carry them off to Neverland.

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12 Comments

Kathy @merrimentdesign

So cute! And could not be more perfect timing. I’m taking my daughter and son to Disneyworld for the first time end of this month and we’ve been “studying” our Disney characters. Peter Pan is new for her (although she knows Jake and the Neverland Pirates, ha!) and we want to ride the Peter Pan ride so this idea is perfect! Thanks for the festive inspiration.

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Colleen

This is adorable! I want to make one in the house right now. Fantastic tips and great photos! Such big smiles :)

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Macki West

This is absolutely adorable and I cannot wait to do this with my 3 kids! Friday night we are going to make a big fort in the living room and have movie night inside. Peter Pan is the perfect movie too! I don’t ever want to grow up, thanks for bringing out the kid in me.

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Amanda J. Saccoccio

This is such a cute and creative idea!!! It makes me want to spend my nights in a magical dwelling. I will be drawing up some fun fort ideas faster than you can say Punky Brewster!!!!!

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Amanda J. Saccoccio

This is such a cute and creative idea!!! It makes me want to spend my nights in a magical dwelling. I will be drawing up some fun fort ideas faster !than you can say Punky Brewster!!!!

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Stevee

I’m always trying to think of unique ideas for things to do on the weekends with the kids that don’t cost money. This looks so fun and something that they would see as so magical. It’s moments like this that they remember when they are older.

Thanks for the idea!

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Aubrey

So adorable. Always lookiing for fun ideas to do around the house and make our living room an adverture.

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Tania

This looks amazing and so much fun! My two year old and I try to put up tents all the time, but not as beautiful and sophisticated as this one. Love it! Will definitely try something like this for this winter days!

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Jenny K

#11: A PASSWORD

I really thought that would be on the list! Maybe just for the kinds of forts that you keep (some) people out of.

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