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As a kid growing up, my family went on annual camping trips. All of us kids would spend the day riding our bikes, hiking, adventuring and generally goofing off, and once we’d worn ourselves out, we’d come back to camp for an evening of games. We would have epic tournaments where we’d try to become the reigning champion of a card, dice or board game. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of those game nights in the campgrounds.
Games are a great way to bring the family together with some friendly competition on your next camping trip. This list will focus on card games and dice games since those are easy to pack and each can be used several different ways for hours of fun. Continue reading
A camping trip just wouldn’t be complete without making s’mores over the campfire. Of course the classic graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow combo will never go out of style, why stop there? Why not add some new flavors and some pizazz to your s’mores? Here are 10 ways to jazz up your s’mores on your next camping trip (or even at home, we won’t judge!) Continue reading
Long drives can be hard, especially for kids. When boredom sets in on your next family road trip, you’ll be glad to have some tips and tricks up your sleeve. Continue reading
For those of us who really enjoy a reading, there’s not much better than spending an hour two in a quiet local bookstore and picking out a new book. Buying trends, in the last couple of decades, have not been kind to those local bookstores. With online sellers and big-box bookstores gaining traction with low prices, many independent bookstores have been forced out of business. Fortunately, it seems that the tide is turning and independent bookstores are making a comeback.
The success of independent booksellers and independent book publishers go hand in hand, they both help each other, and you can help both of them! Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but I always seem to forget something when I take my kids somewhere, even when I write a list. Camping is one place you definitely don’t want to find yourself without some essential kid-care item, so be sure to make your list, check it twice and check again that it includes the following items Continue reading
One of the best parts of a camping trip is sitting around the campfire, making s’mores, and telling tall tales. The possibilities are endless with campfire tales, from funny and perfectly safe for the littlest campers to ones so scary you might want to save until those little ones go to bed and just tell to other adults (and keep the lantern burning!) You might able to recount some great campfire tales you’ve heard before, but in case you need some ideas, here are some resources you might want to check out. Whatever tales you decide to tell, just be sure not to scare your kids too much, when it comes to spooky stories and kids, it’s definitely possible to have too much of a good thing, the last thing you need on a camping trip is a kid too scared to sleep! Continue reading
Dump cake is the perfect dessert for camping; it’s also the perfect dessert to make with kids because it’s just so easy. For those unfamiliar with dump cake and wondering about the unappetizing name, it’s called that because you literally dump the ingredients in a pan and bake. Continue reading