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Kid Friendly RV Parks Urbandale IA

When you’re used to flying solo (or as a duo), a week of camping with grandchildren can be as stressful as it is fun. Here are 5 quick tips to creating a functional, safe and enjoyable environment for your short-term (and just plain short) guests.

Bob Shetler Campground (COE - Saylorville Lake)
(515) 276-4656
Des Moines, IA
Campground Availability
28-Apr thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, River Swimming, Boating, River Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Walnut Woods SP
(515) 285-4502
Des Moines, IA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Stream Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Prairie Flower (COE - Saylorville Lake)
(515) 984-6925
Des Moines, IA
Campground Availability
30-Apr thru 12-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Yellow Banks Park (Polk County Park)
(515) 266-1563
Pleasant Hill, IA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood
Recreation
Boating, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Play Equipment, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Adventureland Campground
(515) 265-7384
Altoona, IA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Pond Fishing, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Iowa State Fair Campgrounds
(515) 262-3111
Des Moines, IA
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage
Recreation
Pavilion

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Acorn Valley (COE - Saylorville Lake)
(515) 276-0429
Des Moines, IA
Campground Availability
28-Apr-30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Cherry Glen Campground (COE - Saylorville Lake)
(515) 964-8792
Des Moines, IA
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 12-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Cutty's Des Moines Camping Club
(515) 986-3929
Grimes, IA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Pool, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Putting Green, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Griffs Valley View RV*
(515) 967-5474
6429 NE 46th St
Altoona, IA
Campground Availability
Mar 01-Dec 01
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pond Fishing, Play Equipment, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Make Your Grandchildren's Camping Vacation a Lasting Memory

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February 17, 2010 by Genevieve · 7 Comments  

When you’re used to flying solo (or as a duo), a week of camping with grandchildren can be as stressful as it is fun. Camping with grandkids at campgrounds Here are 5 quick tips to creating a functional, safe and enjoyable environment for your short-term (and just plain short) guests.

1) Kiddy-Up Your RV

Besides packing kid-stuff, think about how the RV itself is or is not a place that welcomes your grandchildren. Just like you would child-proof your home before they come to visit, you should child proof your RV. Don’t forget to cover electrical outlets, eliminate dangers like hanging blind cords, and secure stove knobs from accidental turn on. I’d also suggest taking a good look at how easily your door opens outward – I’ve seen too many children push on the screen only to pop it open and tumble down the steep RV steps.

Create a fun, comfortable place for your grandchildren to sleep in the RV too. Camping with grandchildren is the most fun when you’re not exhausted from lack of sleep. When I was younger, my grandfather had names for each part of the RV, labeled from his old naval days. There was the poop deck, the crows nest and of course, where Grandpa slept was the captain’s quarters.

If you’re taking your teen grandchildren camping with you, remember that their needs are different too. My grandfather mounted a mirror on the wall next to an outlet, and used a new cutting board to create a “dressing table” that folded down flat against the wall when not in use. It was the perfect space for blow drying my 14 year old feathered hair and putting on my makeup before heading out to prowl for cute boys at the campground.

2) Pack for the occasion

First of all, I want to remind you (in case it’s been a while since your kids were little) that whether your kid is 6 or 16, he is not good at packing. Here’s a hint you may not know, though – frazzled mom who’s late getting on the road to drop the kids at grandma’s house, well she’s not very good at packing either. Pack a few extra essentials for your trip camping with grandchildren such as extra tooth brushes, but don’t worry too much, there’s always a camp store nearby at most RV parks.

When taking along younger grandkids, toys are an easy addition to your rig. Turning one of your under-bench storage areas into a toy bin shouldn’t be too difficult for a one week trip. Pack movies that they enjoy, books for afternoon reads, and a few of their comfort items like a special stuffed animal or blanket. If you can, pack a few toys that your grandchildren have never seen before. They tire of their old stuff easily, but new stuff gets new interest. You don’t have to pack too many things – there are, after all, lots of things to do at camp, outside the RV!

3) Choose a kid-friendly campground

Campgrounds that have a higher Woodall’s recreation rating will likely be a better choice if you’re taking your grandkids along on the trip. (Find Woodall’s top rated campground...

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