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Camping with Kids Grove City OH

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!

Alton Campground
(614) 878-9127
6552 W Broad St
Galloway, OH
 
Mann's Mobile Home Estates
(614) 239-7900
755 Stelzer Rd
Columbus, OH
 
Tree Haven Campgrounds Inc
(740) 965-3469
4855 Miller Paul Rd
Westerville, OH
 
Deer Creek State Park
(740) 869-3124
Mount Sterling, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Alton RV Park
(800) 421-7116, (614) 878-9127
6552 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH
Campground Availability
35 Total Camp/RV Sites, 30 20 Amp Service, 35 30 Amp Service, 21 50 Amp Service, 35 Electric and Water, 35 Electric Only, 35 Full Hookups, 2 Group Sites, 45 Max RV Length, 20 Pull-Thru Sites, 35 Seasonal, 35 Sideouts, 1 Tent Sites,

Carvel Manor Mhp & Propane Sales
(740) 983-2682
14461 State Route 104
Ashville, OH
 
Jackson Lake Park
(614) 837-6050
3715 Cedar Hill Rd Nw
Canal Winchester, OH
 
Alton RV Park*
(614) 878-9127
6552 W Broad St
Galloway, OH
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood

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Jackson Lake Park
(614) 837-2656
Canal Winchester, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Lake Fishing, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

Data Provided by:
Tree Haven Campground
(800) 421-7116, (740) 965-3469
4855 Miller Paul Road
Westerville, OH
Campground Availability
130 Total Camp/RV Sites, 130 Electric and Water, 20 Pull-Thru Sites, 80 Sideouts, 20 Tent Sites,
Services
Dump Station, Group Area, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Phone Service at Site, Store,
Recreation
Marina, Recreation Hall, Swimming Pool,

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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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