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Camping with Kids Champlin MN

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!

Anoka County Parks
(763) 757-3920
550 Bunker Lake Blvd Nw
Andover, MN
 
A Inc
(763) 434-4922
524 Sims Rd Ne
Cedar, MN
 
Minneapolis NW KOA Campground*
(763) 420-2255
10410 Brockton Ln N
Maple Grove, MN
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 15
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Lowry Grove*
(612) 781-3148
2501 Lowry Ave NE
St. Anthony Village, MN
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Golf Nearby

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Springvale Campground
(612) 689-3208
36955 Palm St Nw
Stanchfield, MN
 
Wapiti Park Campgrounds
(763) 441-1396
18746 Troy St Nw
Elk River, MN
 
Brainerd International Raceway
(952) 475-1500
17113 Minnetonka Blvd # 214
Minnetonka, MN
 
Ham Lake Campground
(763) 434-5337
Ham Lake, MN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Age Restriction, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Ham Lake Campground Inc
(800) 421-7116, (763) 434-5337
2400 Constance Boulevard
Ham Lake, MN
Campground Availability
143 Total Camp/RV Sites, 143 Electric and Water,
Services
Laundry, Store,
Recreation
Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Playground,

Birch Cove Resort & Campground
(218) 326-8754
32382 Southwood Rd
Grand Rapids, MN
 
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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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