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Camping with Kids Rapid City SD

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!

Rapid City KOA Kampground
(605) 348-2111
3010 E Highway 44
Rapid City, SD
 
Hart Ranch Camping Resort
(800) 421-7116, (605) 399-2582
23756 Arena Drive
Rapid City, SD
Number of Sites
466 Total Camp/RV Sites,466 Electric and Water,400 Full Hookups,45 Max RV Length,71 Rental Units,71 Total Rental Units,
Amenities
Cable TV,Dump Station,Fenced Pet Area,Handicapped Restroom Facilities,Ice,Ice Cream Shop,Internet Access at Specific Locations in Park,Laundry,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Propane,Religious Services,Restaurant,RV Service/Repair,Snack Bar,Store,Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Arcade,Game room,Basket Ball,Beach Volleyball,Bike Rentals,Exercise Facilities,Golf Carts,Horse Shoes,Hot Tub,Mini Golf,Nature Trails,Picnic Area,Planned Activities,Playground,Shuffleboard,Swimming Pool,Tennis,

Tee Pee Campground
(605) 343-6319
Highway 16
Rapid City, SD
 
Lazy J Rv Park & Kampground
(605) 342-2751
4110 S Highway 16
Rapid City, SD
 
Black Hills Yogi Bear Park
(605) 341-8554
7001 S Highway 16
Rapid City, SD
 
Rapid City KOA
(800) 421-7116, (605) 348-2111
3010 E Highway 44
Rapid City, SD
Number of Sites
209 Total Camp/RV Sites,209 Electric and Water,170 Full Hookups,85 Pull-Thru Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Marina,Swimming Pool,

Fort Welikit Family Campground
(605) 787-7898
9119 Foothills Rd
Black Hawk, SD
 
Berry Patch Rv Campground
(605) 341-5588
1860 E North St
Rapid City, SD
 
Happy Holiday Campground
(605) 342-7365
8990 S Highway 16
Rapid City, SD
 
Horse Creek Inn Campground
(605) 574-2908
23570 Highway 385
Rapid City, SD
 

Camping with Kids

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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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