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Peaceful Traveling with Children North Pole AK

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.

Santaland RV Park*
(907) 488-9123
125 St. Nicholas Dr
North Pole, AK
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Road's End RV Park
(907) 488-0295
North Pole, AK
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Laundry
Recreation
Local Tours

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Pioneer Park*
(907) 459-1087
2300 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
Memorial Day-Labor Day
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Marion Creek (BLM)
(907) 271-5477
Coldfoot, AK
Campground Availability
1-Jun thru 1-Sep
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Hiking Trails

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MILITARY PARK (Birch Lake Recreation Area-Eielson AFB)
(907) 488-6161
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Volleyball

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Riverview RV Park*
(907) 488-6392
1316 Badger Rd
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
mid May-mid Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Putting Green, Horseshoes, Local Tours

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Chena Hot Springs Resort
(907) 451-8104
Chena Hot Springs, AK
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Float Trips, Canoeing, Stream Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies, Bike Rentals, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, Local Tours, REC Open to Public

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Chena Lake Recreation Area (Fairbanks North Star Borough)
(907) 488-1655
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Lake Swimming, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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MILITARY PARK (Eielson AFB FAMCAMP)
(907) 377-1232
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
15-May thru 7-Sep
Services
Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills

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Ice Park & Campground
(907) 451-8250
Fairbanks, AK
Campground Availability
15-May thru 15-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Local Tours

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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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