I grew up camping and I knew I wanted my kids to love it as well. It's good for them to get dirty, experience camp fires, and become one with the bugs. This summer I finally felt like the kids were old enough so we tried out Yogi Bear's Jessystone campground. It was 30 minutes away and oh so hokey but it was a perfect first experience. Saturday morning we loaded everything up and we were at our campsite by 10:30.
I was so nervous our kids would be a disruption to others so I was thrilled when our camping neighbors had a 4 year old and 1 year old. Not only that, the dad had run multiple Spartan races and marathons and the mom was a teacher and sign language interpreter. What?!?! How cool is that! They live in Naperville so we exchanged info for an upcoming play date.
This was our sins camp set up. The kids were much more excited about setting it up than taking it down.
Lunch was at our site and was just sandwiches, chips, and strawberries. Then I got too hopeful and thought we'd all try to lie down and rest.
Well...only one person napped and it was daddy!! While he napped I took the kids to the general store for a treat. They picked ice cream, a bomb pop, and popcorn for daddy. Jackson was excited about his bomb pop and explained the colors to me. Red was cherry, white was EGG, and blue was blueberry. 😀 he said he liked the egg flavor best.
After we woke daddy we played frisbee and bubbles at our site for a bit with our neighbors.
The great thing about Jellystone is there was always an activity we could do. While the staff left a lot to be desired in the area of musical performance, the kids enjoyed warchng the Dancing Through the Decades show.
After the show was mini golf and the play ground.
We ended the day back at our site for toasted hot dogs, pasta salad, and s'mores! And more bug spray and dirt.
As always, Charley got her way and was carried a lot because "her legs hurted." She doesn't make a very good passenger.
There was only one time that Jackson got a little weepy about not sleeping at home but after we convinced him we would be in the tent too, he was fine. The kids did really well and awoke with the birds at 6am.