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Halloween Hangout to be Hosted in Historic Williamsburg, VA

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Fulltime Families has announced a “Halloween Hangout” in Williamsburg, Va, October 27th – October 31st at the Thousand Trails in Willamsburg, VA.

Some highly anticipated activities are:

  • Not So Scary Fall Crafts and Games
  • Teen Screams
  • Trick or Treating
  • RV Decorating Contest
  • Spooky Campfire Tales
  • Dance Party
  • and much more

Families interested in attending this event are encouraged to make their reservations at this Thousand Trails park, asap.  Not a Thousand Trails Member yet, contact the TT / FTF Rep Alisha Deschene at  (207) 270-1121.  Non-Member rates are also available for this park.

An activities fee of $60 per family will be required to cover supplies for this 3 day event.  Please keep in mind, this is not a rally, it’s a “hang out” which has a more relaxed calendar of activities.

You can reserve your spot for this event by visiting: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/family-reunions/2016-halloween-hang-out/

2016 Halloween Hang Out
2016 Halloween Hang Out
Hosted Williamsburg RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails) - October 27th - October 31st 2016
Price: $60.00


 

 

 

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FtF Colonial Times Rally has 2 Spots Left!

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We have two spots left for the upcoming FtF Colonial Times Rally, Sept 8 – 11th, hosted at TallPines Campground in Bainbridge, NY.

Attendees of this historically immersive event will participate in:

  • Kids Run Colonial Marketplace
  • Colonial Period Crafts and Educational Hands On Activities like candle-making, butter making, homemade ice cream, tin art, etc.
  • Colonial Times Family Field Day
  • Crossing of the River – Make your boat Family Activity
  • Adult Discussions
  • Teen Trading Challenge
  • Educational Classes
  • A Town Dance

To reserve your spot, visit the Colonial Times Rally Shop.

Fulltime Families is looking for Corporate Partners for this event, To promote your product or service email kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

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For a Limited Time Get a Free Good Sams Membership with your Fulltime Families Membership

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For a limited time, new Fulltime Families Members will receive a Free Good Sams Annual Membership*

It’s a great time to join Fulltime Families!

Not only will you have access to tons of money saving exclusive offers, be eligible to join Fulltime Families Events and get plugged into a one-of-a-kind community, for a limited time you’ll also receive a free Good  Sam’s Annual Membership* (a $25 value)!

Your Good Sams Membership Allows you to Save:camping world image

  • Savings at Good Sam Parks, Camping World and Pilot Flying J
  • Save 10% on the nightly rate at 2,100+ Good Sam Parks
  • Save up to 30% at Camping World—the Club’s official RV Accessory Retailer!
  • Save instantly on fuel at Pilot Flying J

 

There are tons of additional Good Sams Members Benefits!  You can see them all here: http://www.goodsamclub.com/

Keep in mind that your FtF Members ALSO gives you a free year of Escapees Membership**.  That means for $45 you get over $109 in membership values alone!  Not to mention the savings on Teledoc, Passport America, OvernightRVParking.com and so many more!

This offer is for a limited time only, so get your Fulltime Families Membership today and start enjoying the benefits of a Fulltime Families Membership today.

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After you make your purchase, you will receive an email with how to access the additional clubs free of charge.

 

 

*Offer valid for New Good Sam’s Club Members.  Offer not valid for existing Good Sam’s Members. 

**Offer valid for Escapees Club Members.  Offer not valid for existing Escapees Members. 

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Cave City, KY

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IMG_5717Our first Kentucky stop on the #thisisRVing tour was at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Cave City, KY.

Cave City is home to Mammoth Cave, the country’s 2nd oldest tourist attraction and the combination of amenities, activities and central location, make this Jellystone Park the perfect camp home for exploring this area full of natural wonders and history.

We pulled in on a Sunday night during the Princesses Rule and Pirates Drool Weekend.  Our first adventure was a tour of the park amenities which include a large jumping pillow, a water zone splash pad, large swimming pool, mini-golf, large sites and charming cabins.

We watched the Hayride tour the campground, donned our bathing suits, grabbed a towel and explored the main guest areas of this large park.

We bounced a bit to work up an appetite and then headed to Yogi’s Pic-a-Nik Basket to order some dinner.  After dinner, we hit one of the park’s main attractions, the hillside water slide!

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The slide was tons of fun and my kids rode it again and again.  For a 1st person water slide ride, click on the video below!

When we were fully waterlogged, we went back to the bounce pad and waited for the outdoor movie to start in the pavilion.

As the sun set, a game a nighttime hide and go seek kicked off and the kids had a blast finding each other on the dark playground!

There was so much to do at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Cave City, KY, we really only scratched the surface, but it was time for the #thisisRVing tour to move north.  We’re looking forward to spending more time at this campground in the future.

For more information or to book your vacation, visit www.campjellystone.com

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Nashville, TN

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IMG_5644Our first Tennesee stop on the #thisisRVing tour was the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in downtown Nashville.

We had visited this park in the fall and knew the great things to expect.  The Nashville Jellystone is a friendly and rustic oasis  tucked in the center of Music City.  It’s shady spots and family friendly amenities make it a great jumping off spot to explore all the treasures of Nashville,  but you may find so much to do at the park that you never actually leave.

We pulled in on a Friday night during the Hawaii Themed Weekend.  Our first adventure was a tour around the park atop a vintage fire truck.  Sirens and lights in full effect, all ages enjoyed the ride.

 

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After that, it was time to get some of our pent-up roadtrip energy out on the bounce pad.  The Nashville Jellystone Park has a huge assortment of inflatables that both parents and kids can bounce on together.  Nestled in the corner of the park is also a playground our kiddos enjoyed.

While at the park, we watched Boo Boo bring down the flag and Cindy joined us on the “hey” ride.  There were lots of opportunities to meet and mingle with the Jellystone Bears!

IMG_5613On Saturday, we started the day with a crazy fun game of laser tag.  This was my family’s favorite activity, hands down (and guns up).   The laser tag guns this park has are some serious weaponry.  You can change modes, set games, time limits, and restock ammo, all through the gun’s software and blue tooth technology.

After the laser tag game, we headed to the mini golf to perfect our swings and got up to our elbows in sparkles at the craft barn.

Chris and Blaise rented some awesome bikes and tooled around the park and then it was time to get ready for the Laua.  We donned our grass skirts and participated in the hula hoop and limbo contests.  Andy, the park owner, together with his fine staff of managers and cheerful rangers, have created a friendly atmosphere. Their theme weekends are packed with activities that appeal to every age group and the amenities at the park are great for every activity level.  From lounging at the pool to bouncing on the inflatables, edible playdough, arts and crafts and games of all types, there really is something for everyone to do at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Nashville, GA.

For more information or to book your vacation, visit www.campjellystone.com

For more information about #thisisRVing visit www.facebook.com/thisisRVing and help us show America what RVing really looks like by tagging your pics with #thisisRVing

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Birding From Your RV – Guest Post

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Official Birding Trails in the US: Alabama to Wyoming

As you’re traveling around the country in your RV, you have ample opportunity for bird watching – birding, as many prefer to call it. No matter which state, or states, you drive through, you can find birding trails specifically set aside for looking for our feathered friends.

male_downy_lgWhen planning your trip, you might want to set aside some of your time seeking out these trails. If you’re already an avid birder, maybe you want to dedicate the majority of your time to finding them.

The list below has links to websites that tell about these birding trails in almost every state in the US. I couldn’t find a suitable site for half a dozen of them.

I tried not to use more general sites like Rails to Trails (that is, traillink.com), but that resulted in not finding any good sites at all for a few states. So you might have to use Rails to Trails (see link at the end of the list) or something similar anyway in those cases.

Some of the sites linked to are honestly kind of lame. (Sorry, states with lame sites, but it’s true.) They are in dire need of updating to modern standards. I included them because they were the best available that tried to look at the state as a whole (not just one region, as many Audubon chapters obviously do) when it comes to birding trails.

I hope you find the list useful and are able to incorporate some birding into your next RV trip.

Alabama – Alabama Birding Trails

Alaska – Top Ten Birding Hotspots

Arizona – Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory Birding Guide

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Arkansas – Arkansas Birding Trail

California – Sonoma County Regional Parks

Colorado – Colorado Birding Trail

Connecticut – Connecticut Walking and Hiking

Delaware – Delaware Birding Trail

Florida – Navigating the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

Georgia – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)

Hawaii – Hawaii Birding Trails (and festival)

Idaho – Idaho Birding Trail (regions)

Illinois – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)

Indiana – Indiana Birding Locations

Iowa – Iowa’s Birding Trails

Kansas – Bird Watching

Kentucky – Birding Locations in Kentucky

Louisiana – Louisiana’s Birding Trails

Maine – Maine Birding Trail (publications)

Maryland – Top Spots for Nature Watching and Birding

Massachusetts – Nature and Birding Trails

Michigan – Michigan’s Birding Trail Network

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Minnesota – Birding in Minnesota

Mississippi – Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail

Missouri – Missouri Bird Watching

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Montana – Montana Birding and Nature Regions

Nebraska – Birding Trails

Nevada – Area Birding Guide

New Hampshire – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)

New Jersey – Order Form for Free Guide

New Mexico – Southwest New Mexico Birding Trail

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New York – State Parks

North Carolina – North Carolina Birding Trail

North Dakota – Birding in North Dakota

Ohio – Find Ohio Birding Sites by County

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Oklahoma – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)

Oregon – Welcome to Oregon Birding Trails

Pennsylvania – Interactive (Birding Trails) Guide

Rhode Island – Bird Watchers Nature Trail

South Carolina – South Carolina Birding Sites

South Dakota – Southeast South Dakota Birding Trail (PDF)

Tennessee – Birding Trails

Texas – Great Texas Wildlife Trails

Utah – Utah Birding Trails

Vermont – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)

Virginia – Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Washington – Audubon’s Great Washington State Birding Trail

West Virginia – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)

Wisconsin – Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail

Wyoming – Wyoming’s Best Birding Spots

If the state you’re interested in doesn’t have a good birding trails site, you can use the Rails to Trail site below.

Rails to Trails – Birding Trails by State

If you know of a better online source of information for birding in a particular state, let me know. I’d be glad to let others know about it too.

About Gary Sonnenberg – Gary is a backyard birder and owner of Optics Owl. He doesn’t own an RV but keeps an eye out for birds whenever he does travel in his sedan. You can contact Gary about the article above by going to the Optics Owl site.

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Superhero Rally Wraps Up in Montrose, CO

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The Fulltime Families Superhero Rally has wrapped up at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Montrose, CO.

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Attendees participated in a variety of superhero themed activities, seminars, and crafts, headed up by the event’s Wagon Master, Laura Hamilton (FtF Lifetime Member).

Some activities hosted during the 4 day family friendly event were:13432430_10153710464627844_1697444592130315714_n

  • Superhero Costume Making and Origin Story
  • Superhero Sidekick Pet Parade
  • Superhero Vehicle Assembly / Parade
  • Superhero Dance
  • Super Solar Seminar -Harnessing the Power of the Sun

 

You can download the complete schedule of events here.

Super Hero Rally Schedule

Check out our event calendar for additional upcoming events.

 

Fulltime Families appreciates the support of our corporate partners for this event!

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If you are interested in promoting your your brand at a Fulltime Families Event, email kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Bremen, Georgia

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1220a_jellystoneOn our third stop of the #thisisRVing tour, we headed due west of the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, to the sleepy rural town of Bremen, GA, and found a true vacation treasure at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Bremen, GA.

Pulling up to the Ranger Station, we immediately recognized that this Jellystone Park has a lot of custom, one of a kind features.

The park is immaculate!  Rich red mulch against a carpet of lush green grass highlights the beauty of the park’s extensive and stunning landscaping.

After pulling into our level and long pull through site, we headed out to explore the grounds and were amazed to find a menagerie of exotic animals.  From giant tortoises, to dancing birds, to a snake named Lucy this park has it all from fins to feathers.IMG_5553

There are several playgrounds and we spent quite a lot of time at the one with the rope swing.  My kids loved the “tree house” feel of this play space and getting them to leave was quite a challenge.  Through dusk we played a couple of rounds of teetherball and then headed back to the RV for a good night’s sleep so we’d be well rested for the day ahead.

The next day, the kids made a variety of arts and crafts in the well organized craft room, and then we went on a train ride around the park. We also went bouncing on the bounce pillow and got a few quick dips in the pool before the thunder rolled in.

The park was designed by owner Phil Asztalos, who explained to us that he used his previous knowledge in the automotive industry to create a layout that would allow all the guests to easily access the centrally located amenities.

After chatting with Phil, we hit the mini golf and scored several holes in one, or at least, that’s how we’re counting them.

We had several opportunities to talk with the staff at this park and all of them were friendly, warm and welcoming.  It was obvious that they loved being a part of this park and serving their campground customers.

IMG_1265Yogi Bear’s Jellystone at Bremen, GA is a first rate campground with accommodations for RVs (overnight to long term), tent campers and cabin rentals. The park also offers a variety of structured family friendly activities including games and crafts.

We stayed for 2 days but could easily have spent an entire vacation here.  We hitched up and headed out to the next stop on our tour, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Nashville, TN.

 

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How to Pick a Family-Friendly RV Park

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How to Pick a Family-Friendly RV Park

Taking the kids on an RVing adventure is an excellent way to get them back to nature to see the value in life beyond the screen. In a world that feels perpetually fast-paced, camping offers an opportunity to slow down and appreciate the majestic beauty that our planet has to offer. That being said, it does take a little bit of forethought to find a campground that the kids will enjoy, as there are a few more factors to consider when you have the younger ones on the road with you.

To make things easier, here are a few tips to help you find an RV park that both the adults and the kids will be happy to set up camp at:

campingsceneryInvestigate the Campground’s Rules In Advance

Rules and regulations vary campground by campground, and knowing the dos and don’ts of the park you’re considering staying at can help you decide if it’s right for your family or not. To elaborate, here are some key points to look into:

 

  • Quiet hours. Most RV parks have designated quiet hours to be respectful of the guests who are trying to rest. Check and see if these are realistic for your family to abide by so that you don’t bother any fellow RVers, and similarly, make sure they fit in line with the schedule you’re trying to create for your family.
  • Alcohol policy. If you’d prefer to be in an environment free from any intoxicated campers, seek out an RV park that doesn’t allow alcohol on-site.
  • People-per-campsite limit. Some parks deploy limitations on how many people can stay on each campsite, so check to make sure your passengers don’t exceed the maximum amount.

 

Browse through RV Park Reviews

There are many tools online designed to help you search for RV parks, and an excellent way to check the legitimacy of any campgrounds that come up in your quest is to read the RV park reviews of the location-in-question. While you should always take gripes and complaints with a grain of salt, you can pick up on common takeaway points from previous guests to help you get a feel for what you can expect. Look for reviews that mention:

  • Whether the maintenance staff were friendly or helpful.
  • The space between the campsites–you want your children to have room to run around and have fun outdoors without worrying that they’ll trample into any neighboring campsites.
  • The scenery and amenities–does the RV park’s selling points match the visitors’ recounts?

 

familymotorhomeBe Choosy About the Amenities the Park Offers

Not all RV parks are created equal, so it’s important to take your time and find one that offers amenities that support both fun and functionality for traveling families.

Kids don’t always have the longest attention spans, so it’s important that the campground you choose has many outlets for fun activities. It shouldn’t be hard to find one that fits your needs, as many RV parks offer various means of entertainment, such as:

  • Clubhouses that offer cable, internet access, fitness centers, swimming pools, playgrounds, etc.
  • Walking/biking/hiking/horseback-riding trails
  • Nature areas
  • Boat/canoe rentals

Likewise, it’s also necessary to pick a park that makes it easy for you to handle the practicalities as well, so consider adding these to your list of must-have amenities:

 

  • Laundry room. If you’re traveling with a large family, it can be difficult to keep up with the laundry needs in a RV-sized washer and dryer, so camping at a location that supplies guests with a laundry facility will make things much easier.
  • Campground showers/bathrooms. If you are traveling with more than a few passengers, it will be convenient to stay at a park that offers showers and bathrooms, so you’re not all waiting in line for the RV restroom.

 

  • On-site store. Packing up the kids and heading into down for a few basic necessities can be quite a hassle. The bright side is that many RV parks offer on-site stores so that campers don’t have to leave their relaxing spot for a few basic items.

Hopefully this advice helps clear up what qualities a family-friendly RV park should have so that your search will go a little smoother. If you are willing to put in the effort it takes to find the ideal locations, you’ll more than likely create some happy times that the whole family will look back on with gratitude. Here’s to safe and happy travels!

And FtF Members keep in mind, we have a dedicated list of FtF Approved Family Friendly Campgrounds who will waive the “kid tax” for card carrying FtF Members.

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Madison Florida

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At the cross roads of I-10 and 75 you’ll find Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Madison, Florida.

As you pull into the park, you are immediately immersed in the rustic, north Florida, family-friendly atmosphere.  Right outside the registration office you’ll find a family game room area.

As soon as you enter the gates of the park, the amenities urge you to park as fast as possible and don your swim suit… or at least that’s what happened to us.

 

No sooner had we opened our slides on our 60+ foot pull through site (this very large park also has cabin rentals and tent sites), than we were toting our towels to the Tornado Slide and park’s sandy beach area…. Wait, what… a sandy beach in north Florida?  That’s right, we were able to put our toes in the water and … well you get the picture.

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Large Level Pull Through

We picked out our beach chairs and headed up the seven story staircase with bright yellow magic carpets water slide mats and proceeded to slip, slide and splash our way into one of the main water features at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Madison.

Unfortunately, I needed a little water slide orientation, which Dominick was happy to provide, because my 1st time down the Tornado my body pulled a 180 and I went down the entire slide backwards!  The 2nd time I got it right!

 

 

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After the excitement of the 60′ Water Slide, we could all use a relaxing float in the Lazy River. We took our tubes and went around several times to gear up more strength to explore more of the park.

We headed across the way to the pool area and partook in a couple of rounds of the Down Pour Derby!  This was a fun hand pedal mechanism in which you and your opponent compete to soak each other with buckets full of water that hang precariously over head.

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Gettin Our Pool On!

Fully water logged, it was time to check out just how bouncy the jump pillow was and the park’s bounce houses.  We found them to be super springy and helped us to work up an appetite so we headed back to our camper and made some dinner.

After dinner, Chris and the kids went to the Ranger Station for dessert and tired and tuckered out, we hit the hay!

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Enjoying a treat from the Ranger Station

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone at Madison, Florida is a very large campground with additional amenities such as kayak / boat rentals, Gaga Ball, fishing, ATV trails and much more.    The park also offers a variety of structured family friendly activities including games and crafts.

We would have loved to stay longer, but we had to pull out the following day to meet with Horizon RV Sales and Service and explore Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Bremen, GA.


ThisIsRVing-Sharables-1This review is part of the #thisisRVing tour, a 1,000 mile journey from sunny Florida to Elkhart, IN, the RV Mecca.  For more information about the tour visit: www.facebook.com/thisisrving

 

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