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Camping with Kids Aberdeen SD

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Wylie Park Campground
(605) 626-3512
2301 24th Ave Nw
Aberdeen, SD
 
Mina Lake SRA*
(605) 626-3488
37908 Youth Camp Rd
Aberdeen, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Wylie Park Campground (City Park)*
(605) 626-7015
225 3rd Ave SE
Aberdeen, SD
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Oct 30
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Lake Park Campground
(605) 341-5320
2850 Chapel Ln
Rapid City, SD
 
Elk Haven Resort
(605) 666-4856
Highway 16 A
Keystone, SD
 
Melgaard Park Campground
(605) 626-7015
S Lloyd St & Melgaard Rd
Aberdeen, SD
 
Melgaard Park Campground (City Park)
(605) 626-7015
Aberdeen, SD
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Playground, Tennis, Volleyball

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Richmond Lake Recreation Area*
(605) 626-3488
37908 Youth Camp Rd
Aberdeen, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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R & R Campground
(605) 996-8895
1700 S Burr St
Mitchell, SD
 
Parkston-rainbow Motel
(605) 928-3021
205 N Sd Highway 37
Parkston, SD
 
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January 31, 2010 by Brea · 4 Comments  

little campers

My little campers about to say goodnight.

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Our first question when packing up for our very first foray in the RVing world was “what on earth will we take to keep them happy”? If you have (or have ever had) little kids, you’re well aware of the Toys-R-Us-Tornado-Effect they have on your home. And the smaller the kids, the bigger their primary colored plastic toys can be. So which of all these “absolutely essential” things make the cut? Our answer was…whatever we can fit into one plastic storage bin. Books, cars, some shape sorters for the baby, stuffed animals, a couple music CDs and movies. Of course this doesn’t take into account the big old double stroller and pack-n-play…but hey, it was a start.

So we packed as best we could, knowing that it would take dozens of trips to actually have our own “system” down. Our stuff was easy. The kitchen supplies, no problem. Bathroom and bedding essentials? Got ‘em. But, which lovey from their cribs will they NEED? How many outfits per kid? 

Were we over thinking things? Totally. We packed what we thought would be needed and set out…we’d done our best.

What a wake-up call. My boys were more interested in the rocks at our campsite than the cars and trucks we packed. They were mesmerized by the bouncing flames in the fire pit and had no need for the stuffed animals. Most of the movies went unwatched, replaced by lots of walks around the campground and time at the playground. I quickly realized I’d packed all those things for me…to ease my worries. Lesson learned…kids don’t need “stuff” to have fun camping. They need parents with a little sense of adventure. 

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