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Peaceful Traveling with Children Brookings SD

ARE WE THERE YET? Wouldn't it be wonderful if those words had never been invented! Traveling with children a long distance can be a real trial, but it doesn’t have to be. I have raised four children and have six grandchildren and I love taking them with me.

Lake Poinsett SRA*
(605) 627-5441
46109 202nd St
Bruce, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Pelican Lake SRA*
(605) 882-5200
400 W Kemp Ave
Watertown, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Horse Thief Campground
(800) 657-5802
Hill City, SD
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Oct 01
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Pool, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Whitetail Court Resort
(605) 584-9085
Lead, SD
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, Ice
Recreation
Hot Tub, Stream Fishing, Golf Nearby

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Downstream North (COE-Lake Oahe)*
(605) 223-7722
20439 Marina Loop Rd
Fort Pierre, SD
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Nov 01
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, River Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Oakwood Lakes SP*
(605) 627-5441
20247 Oakwood Dr
Bruce, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Black Hills NF (Bismarck Lake Campground)
(605) 673-9200
Custer, SD
Campground Availability
19-May thru 11-Sep
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing

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West Bend SRA*
(605) 773-2885
1301 Farm Island Rd
Pierre, SD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Sports Field

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Fish'n Fry Campground
(605) 578-2150
Deadwood, SD
Campground Availability
18-May thru 15-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Covered Wagon Resort
(800) 787-4450
Piedmont, SD
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, Laundry
Recreation
Hot Tub, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Peaceful Traveling with Children

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February 20, 2010 by RA Manseau · 2 Comments  

Three children in car

ARE WE THERE YET? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if those words had never been invented! Traveling with children a long distance can be a real trial, but it doesn’t have to be. I have raised four children and have six grandchildren and I love taking them with me. I have learned what works well, what works for a while and what not to bother trying. (Don’t bother telling them to be quite or still! They really can’t do either very long.) Here are my top 5 suggestions of how to keep them happy and yourself sane on a family trip.

Preparations for Traveling with Children

Snacks

Children are always hungry and thirsty. It will cut down the whining if they don’t have to go hungry and thirsty the whole trip. When packing for the family trip plan mess free snacks, stay away from chocolate or any other melty sticky gooey food stuff that you don’t want to clean off the seats, floors and windows. Bring bottled water, and a felt tip pen to mark names on bottles. Don’t bring anything in the car that when spilled will make a sticky stain. Doesn’t Natural Law state, “The messier the mess the more likely the spill?”

Allow extra time

Depending on just how far your family trip is and how much time you have. Plan time for scheduled restroom breaks. Don’t let restroom stops be optional! If you plan restroom stops at even intervals and make everyone get out of the car and “try” to go, you will have a lot less, “But, I didn’t have to go then.” Even with scheduled stops there will be times when traveling with children that they need to “go.” And, there isn’t anything to do then but stop the car. But if you make them at least try to go potty at the scheduled stops, you will find the necessity for unplanned stops greatly reduced.

Little girl in puddle

Take extra clothes

It is inevitable that if you don’t take extra clothes on your family trip, you will end up at the store buying them or have a child that is cold and miserable for hours. Children spill, fall down, find puddles and wet there pants. That is just the way they are, they really can’t help it! Bring a plastic bag to put the wet clothes into so they aren’t soaking into the carpet or worst case scenario, stinking up the car. It only takes an extra few minutes of preparation to save a lot of bother later.

On the Family Trip

Be free

Family trips are about everyone in the family having a good time. Children love to feel empowered and free. They love to think that you put everything on hold for them. One of the best memories I hear my children talk about was a time when we were on a 6 hour drive home and we passed a sign on the freeway that said, “Zoo next exit” They were tickled pink when I said, “Do you want to go to the zoo?” The choice was theirs, they were empowered, and by doing something totally off the plan they felt free. (So did I) We got home a little later than I had planned and I was tired the next day. But, I wo...

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