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Camping with Kids Lakewood WA

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!

Cedars Rv Park
(253) 922-2185
8425 Pacific Hwy E. #10
Tacoma, WA
 
Gig Harbor Rv Resort
(253) 858-8138
9515 Burnham Dr Nw
Gig Harbor, WA
 
American Heritage Campgrounds
(360) 943-8778
9610 Kimmie St Sw
Olympia, WA
 
Nisqually Plaza Rv Park
(360) 491-3831
10220 Martin Way E
Olympia, WA
 
MILITARY PARK (Holiday Park-McChord AFB)
(253) 984-5488
Tacoma, WA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Camp Lakeview
(800) 421-7116, (360) 879-5426
32919 Benbow Drive East
Graham, WA
Number of Sites
75 Total Camp/RV Sites,30 30 Amp Service,4 50 Amp Service,75 Electric and Water,28 Full Hookups,4 Group Sites,45 Max RV Length,20 No Hookups,1 Pull-Thru Sites,14 Seasonal,30 Sideouts,22 Tent Sites,
Amenities
BBQ Pits,Dump Station,Firewood,Fenced Pet Area,Group Area,Handicapped Restroom Facilities,Ice,WiFi HotSpots,Laundry,Meeting Rooms,Pets Welcome,Showers,Store,Cabin Rentals,Lodge Rentals,
Recreation
Basket Ball,Boat Launch,Fishing,Hiking Trails,Nature Trails,Picnic Area,Playground,Recreation Hall,Sports Field,Swimming - Lake,

Riverbend Campground
(360) 491-2534
11520 Durgin Rd Se # 80
Olympia, WA
 
Olympia Campgrounds
(360) 352-2551
1441 83rd Ave Sw
Olympia, WA
 
MILITARY PARK (Fort Lewis Travel Camp)
(253) 967-5415
Tacoma, WA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Canoeing, Saltwater Fishing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground

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Dash Point State Park
(253) 593-2206
Tacoma, WA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Salt Water Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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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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