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28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship At Fort Myers Beach

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship At Fort Myers Beach

Who says you have to be a kid to play in the sand? The highly anticipated 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship at Fort Myers Beach is almost upon us with participants and spectators alike preparing for a great time with an amazing display of sand art right on the beach! This event has gained international attention in recent years, attracting sculptors from the United States and abroad to compete. Now the largest sand sculpting event in the state of Florida, it’s been hailed as one of the 10 best sand sculpting competitions by USA Today and recognized as a top 20 event of the entire southeastern United States by the Southeastern Tourism Society. From November 21-30, 2014, master sand sculptors will put their skills to the test to create amazing sand sculptures for the chance to hold one of the coveted titles of the American solo champion and American doubles champion. Along with their title, winners also enjoy a year’s worth of bragging rights, which may be the biggest motivating... [Read more...]

5 Must-Haves for Hiking with Kids

July 18, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

5 Must-Haves for Hiking with Kids

Hiking with Kids is a fun activity families can do together.  My kids love to hike and are always ready to don their hiking shoes and hats! Here are five must-have items to bring along when hiking with kids:   1. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks! You never want to run out of snacks while hiking with the kids.  When kids get tired AND HUNGRY, beware, you are in tantrum territory!         2. Lots of Water ( and a huge plus if you have Propel, Gatorade or another electrolyte replenishing drink) While the kids love hiking, you want to ensure they are drinking plenty of H2O along the trail or they might get dehydrated, which increases risk of heat stroke.         3. Sun Hat with UPF for optimum sun protection Make sure you buy one that has a strap so that it won’t come off easily. Also breathability is a must so their little heads don’t get too hot and sweaty.         4. Sunblock (sweat proof and waterproof a... [Read more...]

Top Family RV Parks

July 15, 2014 by · 6 Comments 

RV Camping is a family affair atThe Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Family RV Parks for 2014. The RV parks on this list feature amenities, entertainment and education programs that serve family members of all ages. These parks cultivate an atmosphere that’s welcoming for families big and small. Whether showing G-rated movies or conducting educational nature programs, these parks enable families to enjoy long periods of quality time together. All in the Family Take your family on an adventure in learning, or simply escape on a fun-filled excursion. Here are some of the highlights of the list: + Some of the parks affiliated with family-friendly local attractions include Fort Wilderness Resort, which is built in a pine and cypress forest adjacent to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. + Many RV parks offer family-friendly water features, such as Cajun Palms RV Resort, which boasts a water slide, fully stocked arcade and pool with inflatable toys. + Several... [Read more...]

Hiking While RVing

June 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hiking While RVing

Hiking while RVing is a wonderful way to make the most of a camping trip. Two of my favorite activities, camping and hiking complement each other beautifully. Most RV parks are set in lovely natural areas surrounded by trees and wild settings that beg to be explored. Get out, stretch your legs and go for that walk. On most camping trips, my family and I plan a hike in the area we are visiting to get the best view of the beautiful scenery. Some of our favorites include the hikes to summit 14ers, the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. There is nothing better than relaxing around a campfire, waiting for dinner, resting after a vigorous day of hiking. It just doesn’t get any better than hiking while RVing. This summer we are planning an RV trip in Colorado to summit four 14ers: Mount Lincoln, Democrat, Cameron and Bross. Located in close proximity to each other, the hike we are planning will hopefully allow us to “bag” four additional 14ers in one day. If you are new to hiking, I encourage... [Read more...]

Top July Fourth RV Parks

June 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Top July Fourth RV Parks

Fire up the grill and enjoy the fireworks when you stay at one of The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Fourth of July RV Parks for 2014. Rest assured that the RV parks on this list, compiled by the travel guide’s editors and consultants, go out of their way to celebrate the nation’s birthday with pyrotechnics, colorful parades or excursions to nearby celebrations. Whether featuring patriotic musical performances or serving up barbecued hot dogs, the parks on this list help guests appreciate the the biggest day of the summer travel season in the United States. Celebrate Uncle Sam’s Big Day Come prepared for a party when you book your July stay with these parks. Here are just a few of the highlights: + Local Fourth of July parades are a big part of the guest experience at places like Tiger Run RV Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado, where guests can attend the city’s big patriotic celebration on Main Street less than a mile away. + At some... [Read more...]

Fun Campground Activities

May 12, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Fun Campground Activities

It can be simple to entertain kids at camp with the many games and toys available today, but when left to their own devices, you may not have much contact with them. There also comes a time in every family camping trip when the kids are bored and toys or games no longer appeal. Below are a few fun ideas for those times. They require minimal equipment, most of which is already found in a campground or RV park and they actually involve learning. Playing these games, your kids will absorb new information without realizing it! Set Up a Scavenger Hunt. This will require preparation ahead of time, but mostly involves making lists of items easily found in and around a campground. Campers should be divided into teams that will compete to see how many of the list items each can find. Some suggested list items include: a flashlight, a maple leaf on the ground (if there are maple trees in the vicinity), a marshmallow, an acorn (if there are oak trees about), 1 sheet of toilet paper, and the like.... [Read more...]

Exploring the Natural World as you Travel in Your RV

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Exploring the Natural World as you Travel in Your RV

When I think of camping—whether it’s in a tent or an RV—I can’t help but immediately ponder nature. When I grew up and camped with the Girl Guides, we always explored our surroundings and took advantage of nature at its full potential. I want the same for my kids every time we camp with our RV—whether in our province or on vacation. That’s why they got introduce early to fishing. But there is so much more about nature. So I figure that I could present you with a few good books that I consider jewels when it comes to discover nature and exploring it. The first book I am presenting you in this blog post is The Practical Naturalist, which was published at DK in association with the National Audubon Society. This book will allow you to experience the wonders of nature and show you what is living in each habitat—jungle, sea, mountain or city. I consider it a perfect book for traveling with your kids, as it will inform you about the habitat where you are camping and what you can... [Read more...]

Get Organized NOW for Summer Family Camping

April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We are getting organized now for our summer family camping trip in May for Memorial Day. Why now, a month and a half early?  Well, we have kids, for one, and we have things that we need to buy, so getting organized ahead of time is the best way to save some money on all the expenditures that inevitably come along with summer family camping. We plan to kick off the summer by camping with friends at the lake this year.  I have already started making a mental checklist as to what I plan to bring. It’s a good idea when summer family camping with kids to start thinking about what you will need, ahead of time, for many reasons. For instance, water shoes are a must for kids to wear at the lake. Now, if I waited until the last minute, I would have to pay full price for a pair of water shoes that they will only use a handful of times this summer. By thinking ahead, I can start looking for water shoes (or other camping necessities) at online sales (like Camping World), thrift stores, garage... [Read more...]

Biking With Kids While Camping– A Must!

April 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Biking With Kids While Camping– A Must!

This is our daughter’s first ride on the WeeRide in 2012–she LOVED it! While camping with kids, having wheels of some kind is a must. Biking with kids while camping really is one of the funnest activities you can do when camping with kids. We love taking the kids on bike rides since you can go a lot further on bikes than you can walking. Before you set out on the bikes though, it’s best to make sure the route you plan to take is kid-friendly and that you have a helmet for each child. Ideally, you would take a trail that is made for hikers, bikers, and runners (separated from cars). Otherwise you have to constantly pay close attention to the car traffic and stay right with your child, unless of course they are small enough to be in a bike trailer or attached bike seat. With our two, we have our youngest (3) on the seat behind me on my bike and our daughter (6) is either on the WeeRide Co-Pilot Child Trainer bike behind her Dad or on her own 20-inch purple bike. Either way,... [Read more...]

Birthday Freebies Galore!

April 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Birthday Freebies Galore!

How do you usually celebrate your birthday?  How does a free steak dinner on your birthday sound?  Many places offer freebies on your birthday—the steak dinner is free at Black Angus for new prime members, plus you get a free dessert when signing up here.  With my birthday right around the corner, I like to start thinking about what special things I want to do that day and especially what free stuff I can get, just for it being my birthday!  For one thing, you can get quite a few free food items on your birthday, but even more importantly, you can get free trips to fun places like Catalina Island or a free lift ticket at Big Bear Mountain Resort.  Just by showing your CA ID or Driving license on your birthday, you can obtain these items for free (normally costing upwards of $50). Join Birthday Clubs online for restaurants and stores, and they usually offer a free entrée, dessert, or other item for free on your birthday. In fact, Chick-fil-A just emailed me about a free yummy Chocolate... [Read more...]

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