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Camping with Kids Mandan 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!

Colonial Rv Park
(701) 663-9824
4631 Memorial Hwy
Mandan, ND
 
Hillcrest Acres Campground
(701) 255-4334
5700 E Main Ave
Bismarck, ND
 
Sully Creek State Park Recreation Area
(701) 667-6340
Medora, ND
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 30-Nov
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Canoeing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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North Dakota Dept of Tourism
(800) 435-5663
Bismarck, ND
Campground Availability
Open all Year

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A Prairie Breeze RV Park
(701) 224-8215
Menoken, ND
Campground Availability
1-Apr-15-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Bismarck Koa Kampground
(701) 222-2662
3720 Centennial Rd
Bismarck, ND
 
Theodore Roosevelt NP-North Unit (Juniper Campground)
(701) 842-2333
Watford City, ND
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, River Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Bismarck KOA*
(800) 562-2636
3720 Centennial Rd
Bismarck, ND
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Oct 15
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Pool, Playground, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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General Sibley Park
(701) 222-1844
Bismarck, ND
Campground Availability
May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Stream Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Little Missouri State Park
(701) 764-5256
Killdeer, ND
Campground Availability
mid May thru mid Sep
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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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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