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Camping with Kids Grand Forks ND

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!

Grand Forks Campground & Rv Park
(701) 772-6108
Rr 1 Box 227
Grand Forks, ND
 
Grand Forks Campground
(701) 772-6108
Grand Forks, ND
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Playground, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Hillcrest Acres Campground
(701) 255-4334
5700 E Main Ave
Bismarck, ND
 
Lakeside Marina & Campground
(701) 252-9200
3225 E Lakeside Rd
Jamestown, ND
 
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
(701) 623-4730
PO Box 7 Medora
Medora, ND
 
Wagon Train Rv Park
(701) 775-7722
Rr 1 Box 145
Grand Forks, ND
 
Turtle River State Park
(701) 594-4445
Arvilla, ND
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, River Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails

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Colonial Rv Park
(701) 663-9824
4631 Memorial Hwy
Mandan, ND
 
Fish & Camp Court
(701) 497-3341
Rr 1 Box 65
Plaza, ND
 
Indian Hills Resort
(701) 743-4122
Highway 1804
Garrison, ND
 
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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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