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The 10 Funnest Games to Pack for Your Camping Trip

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What’s camping without games?  It’s like spaghetti without meatballs!  When packing for your upcoming camping trip, be sure to “toss” (get it;) some of these favorites in your RV!

This Top Ten List Idea was submitted by Becky Howell

    1. Horseshoes.  A classic camping game!  Could be a bit heavy, and be sure Junior is not behind you before you toss.
    2. Whats camping without a little cornhole?  Ah… definitely not camping!
    3. Frisby!  Get off those chairs and play! So light weight you could pack like a dozen of them and have them double as plates for dinner.
    4. Bocce Ball.  Another classic!  Little known fact from this Italian family, Bocce means *kiss* so pucker up and toss those balls!
    5. Lawn Darts.  If people don’t want to play, make them the target.
    6. Croquette.  Not just for wonderland anymore
    7. Large Jenga Blocks.  Whats more fun than building stuff?  Knocking it down!
    8. Badmitten.  Throw up the net, then serve!
    9. Watermelon Ball.  Never heard of it?  Watch this:

10. Monopoly.  No its not a typical camping game.  But it will get you through the rainy days!

We’re on a 1,000 mile tour with Jellystone Parks and RV Trader to show America what RVing really looks like!  Wanna be part of the adventure, check out our tour dates and locations on our Facebook Page: ThisisRVing and tag your RVing pics on social media with #thisisRVing for your chance to be featured on the tour!

 and p.s. “funnest” is a word.
Catch a new Top Ten List tomorrow!

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of Fremont, IN

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As the #thisisRVing tour headed north through Indiana, on a bright and sunny Friday, we pulled into Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Barton Lake in Fremont, IN.

Our first impression, “Holy cow! this looks just like the entrance to a National Park!”.  The Ranger Station was awesome!

IMG_5848We parked in our roomy pull through in the overflow section.  We actually preferred this spot as the rest of the very large 1200 site campground was hopping with campers registering, golf carts being rented left and right and kids on bikes as far as the eye could see. We found out the campground was completely sold out for the Tropical Paradise Weekend.

We opened our slides and headed to the main amenity area.  Watch our video below, where Dominick gives you a tour of this campground wonderland and a first person perspective of the parks 10 story water slides!

If you’ve been following our tour, then you know our family loves the Jellystone Jump Pillows!  But there was so much more of this park to explore.  Bike rentals, an arcade, a tiki bar, paddle boats, and we had only scratched the surface.  We took a break from exploring to participate in the campground’s hula hooping contest.

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After 6 years on the road, our kids are hula hooping ringers (it’s our back up plan if roadschooling doesn’t work out) and DJ and Tonia both took home the 1st place prizes in their division.

Feeling pretty confident, we headed over to the Sand Castle competition at the park’s beach.  Our construction skills were seriously lacking in this area, but we enjoyed watching the other families bring their sand sculptures to life.

After some lunch, we were ready for a swim, but what water feature should we chose? This Jellystone has tons of wet and wild fun.  From the splash park with the dumping bucket, to the wading pool, the little kids water area, the indoor pool, or even the lake front beach, there’s a soaking place for every day of your stay!

IMG_5878One of the highlights of our weekend, was when Chris and I met Roger Barry.  Roger has owned the park for over 30 years!  He told us not to miss the Sunday Service and we’re certainly glad we didn’t.

We made so many happy family memories at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone at Lake Barton and met so many wonderful people!  We can’t wait to come back to this great park!

 

 

 

 

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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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

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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Special thanks to #thisisRVing Tour Sponsors;

 

 

Fulltime Families Hosts 4th of July Hangout in Hershey, PA

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The Boudreaux Family (FtF Trailblazer Lifetime 1324) invites fellow Fulltime Families Members to join them for a Good Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July in Hershey PA, at the Hershey Thousand Trails Campground, June 30th – July 7th, 2017.

Family Friendly Activities will be announced shortly.

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 $50 per family will be required to cover supplies for this week long event.  Please keep in mind, this is not a rally, it’s a “hang out” which has a more relaxed calendar of activities.

This event is limited 10 families.

Not on the East Coast this Summer?  Check out the other scheduled Fulltime Families Hangouts

Interested in hosting your own Fulltime Families Hangout?  Contact Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

You can reserve your spot for this event by reserving your spot with the form below:

2017 Fulltime Families 4th Of July Hangout Hershey PA
2017 Fulltime Families 4th Of July Hangout Hershey PA
Hosted at the Hershey PA Thousand Trails - June 30th 2017 to July 5th 2017
Price: $50.00

What are the cancellation policies for this event?

Hangout Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before May 1st, 2017 for a full refund of hangout fees with $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between May 2nd, 2017 –May 31st, 2017 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after June 1st, 2017  will not be refunded.
  • Fees at non-transferable

Camping Refunds:

  • Please refer to the host campground regarding their refund policy.  FtF has no control over campground refunds.

Tee Shirt Refunds (if applicable):

  • Full refund prior to t-shirt order being placed.  After the order has been placed, no refunds are available.  Must pay additional shipping fee of $6 per shirt if you’d like your shirt shipped to you.

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

ThisIsRVing-Sharables-1Click here to read all the #thisisRVing Tour Updates and Articles

Special thanks to #thisisRVing Tour Sponsors;

 

 

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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Special thanks to #thisisRVing Tour Sponsors;

 

 

Roadschool Moms Series Answers the Question, “How to Make Money on the Road?” and Special Offer

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The Roadschool Moms, a weekly, live radio show, hosted on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, just wrapped up a new series geared towards answering the age-old question, “How do you make money on the road”.

Missed it?  Replays are now up featuring real full-time RVers who have real answers for how to fund your RV dreams.

 

Replays Are Up Now

 

*SPECIAL OFFER: Listeners of Roadschool Moms can use promo “FTF” to get $50 off the new course “How to Start a Virtual Business so You Can Travel Full Time” from our friends at Crazy Family Adventure!

Listen Live on Sunday Nights

Listeners can tune in live and ask questions, real time, on the chat window at the show’s webpage every Sunday night at 9pm Eastern Time.  Replays will be available at www.roadschoolmoms.com and on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/road-school-moms/id854587085?mt=2

 

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.

Large Level Pull Through

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!

 

 

Ride the slide in our video

Ride the slide in our video

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

 

Click here to read all the #thisisRVing Tour Updates and Articles

Special thanks to #thisisRVing Tour Sponsors;

 

 

Boondocking in the Winter

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Here’s we go a boondockin’ among the rocks and leaves

Here we go a drycampin’ without utilities….

It’s our first night of dry camping on US Forest Land in Arizona.  The temps tonight are supposed to go down to the teens!  Oh joy!

We spent the morning filling and emptying in preparation for our self contained adventure.

Filling water tanks, refrigerators, batteries, charging electronics and  fueling propane tanks.

We emptied tanks, garbage cans, laundry baskets and a sink full of dishes.

When we pulled in I felt liberated!  Stunning views, hundreds of acres to explore and no neighbors for our rowdy kids to annoy!

We hiked around and saw a deer and four cows (I’m sure they are wild cows)!

There are only 5 other rv’s here right now – die hards who need their space – no matter the temps.

I hope we make it the whole seven days.. but only time will tell.

Tune in tomorrow for our next installment…

Day 1 – Here we go a Boondocking

Day 2 – Boondocking Challenges

Day 3 – Dry Camping – Is it supposed to be this dry?

Day 4 – What’s the meaning of Christmas?

 Day &*#$% – It’s all a blur now

 

Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road”, a comprehensive step-by-step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality.  She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.

The Perfect Addition to Your Easter Basket

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Bird Bath Soup: A Sweet Little True Story

I’m thrilled to announce the release of our first children’s story book which each of my kids helped me bring to life.

Bird Bath Soup is based on a true story my mother used to tell me from an experience during her own childhood.  A story that stayed with me all these years and that I, in turn, fascinated my own children with.

And now, it’s here for your children in both ebook and hard copy version- and FREE through Kindle Unlimited

Brought to life with a spring time pastel palette, the hard copy is the perfect addition to your child’s Easter basket!

BONUS: Both versions come with a free audio download.  Have your young readers read along with me when you download this free audio file!

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