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Camping with Kids Idaho Falls ID

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!

Sunnyside Acres Park
(208) 523-8403
905 W Sunnyside Rd
Idaho Falls, ID
 
Pinewood Estates
(208) 522-3807
1710 North Pinewood Dr.
Idaho Falls, ID
 
Shady Rest Campgrounds
(208) 524-0010
2200 N Yellowstone Hwy
Idaho Falls, ID
 
Snake River RV Park & Campground*
(866) 862-3266
1440 Lindsay Blvd
Idaho Falls, ID
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pool, Hot Tub, Stream Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Heise Hot Springs
(208) 538-7944
Ririe, ID
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, River Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies, Putting Green, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, REC Open to Public

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Snake River Rv Park & Campground
(208) 523-3362
1440 Lindsay Blvd
Idaho Falls, ID
 
Targhee Inn & Rv
(208) 523-1960
6805 W. Overland Drive
Idaho Falls, ID
 
Heise Hot Springs Inc
(208) 538-7312
5116 E Heise Rd
Ririe, ID
 
Mountain River Ranch Sportsman RV Park*
(208) 538-7337
98 N 5050 E
Ririe, ID
Campground Availability
May-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, River Swimming, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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7N Ranch
(208) 538-5097
Ririe, ID
Campground Availability
15-Apr-15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, River Fishing, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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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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