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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!

Recap Video Released from Fulltime Families Colonial Times Rally

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This week, the recap video, highlighting the fun, educational, and fellowship that took place at the recent Fulltime Families Colonial Times Rally was released on the Fulltime Families Youtube Channel:


This event, attended by over 50 families and 350 attendees, boasted Colonial Inspired Activities including:

Colonial Family Games

Candle Making

Ice Cream in a Bag

A 3 day Improv workshop hosted by professional Acting Coach, Russ the Big Guy

Educational Seminars

A Colonial River “Crossing” with homemade boats and paddles

and the Main Event, hosted by Fass Fuel, a Colonial Town Dance under the Stars!

You can check out the complete schedule of this event here: Tentative Schedule for FtF Colonial Times Rally

And be sure to join us for our next event, the 2017 Fulltime Families 7th Annual Family Reunion in Tallahasee, FL.

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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

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).

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  • 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

Fulltime Families Accepting Reservations for Super Hero Rally

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Today, 5/10/2016, Fulltime Families has opened up registration spots for the upcoming FtF Super Hero Rally in Montrose, CO to the group’s Charter Members.

Please go to the Rally Shop and reserve your spot.

Here are the specifics regarding the event:

Who: Any families who full time RV or would like to. This event is limited to 25 families.

Where: We’re proud to announce this event will be hosted at Jellystone of Black Canyon in Montrose, CO (please make your reservations with us BEFORE reserving your site at Jellystone)

When: Official Rally Activities Kick off with the Charter/Lifetime Breakfast at 11am on Thursday, June 23rd and wraps up at noon on Sunday, June 26th, 2016.  You are welcome make arrangements to come early and/or stay late!

How: Please go to the Rally Shop and reserve your spot.

Interested in helping coordinate this event?  Send an email to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com to be put on the planning committee.

Roadschool Moms Share their Top 10 Summer RV Destinations

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No matter what your U.S. location, summer is in full swing with long days and starry nights. The Roadschool Moms team hit the pause button on their summer travel to reflect on their top ten favorite destinations in the country visited in their RV. The July 5th episode of Roadschool Moms, now in it’s fourth season, breaks down the highlights of each destination, where they stayed with their families in each location, and the educational opportunities that were found along the way. Here’s a short summary of the Roadschool Moms Top 10 Summer Destinations (in no particular order):

 

Bar Harbor ME1. Bar Harbor, ME This coastal town is located at the base of Cadillac Mountain and neighboring Acadia National Park. As one of the premiere North American destinations dating back to the 19th century, this area once included a Millionaire’s Row of summer estates belonging to some of the most powerful families in the history of this country. The resources that grew from that network of the rich and famous, are still apparent today in the way of museums, shoppes, and historical points of interest. The nature scene is overflowing with sport opportunities while the discovery of the beautiful surroundings is an event in itself. For more information about Bar Harbor, go to visitmaine.com.

Cody WY2. Cody, WY The natural beauty of Cody, WY, is like no other place on earth. This old west town has all the charm of yesteryear while entertaining all ages of today’s traveler. Home to Buffalo Bill, this area has a multitude of things to see including rodeos, museums, out-west activities, scenic byways, wildlife galore, and all the adventure of the great outdoors. All the details for what to see in Cody, WY can be found at yellowstonecountry.org.

lancaster3. Lancaster, PA Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country offers a wide variety of fun things to see and do in Lancaster County for all ages. Theater productions, tours, museums, amusement parks, covered bridges, and Amish activities are all on the list of favorites from previous visitors. Much of this area moves at a slower pace and centers around traditions from a different time period. Amidst the peaceful scenery in Lancaster, a unique blend of attractions, history, and opportunity to explore exists. Visit lancasterpa.com to begin the journey to a change of pace.

assateague island4. Assateague Island, VA The seashore of Assateague Island reaches 37 miles of pristine, white sandy beach and is considered one of the best beach destinations on the East Coast. Bird watching, kayaking, crabbing, fishing, and the many other outdoor activities are the daily routine of visitors to this area. The wild ponies of Assateague Island travel the beach near Chincoteague, Virginia & Ocean City, Maryland offering a grand history lesson in itself. More facts about beautiful Assateague Island, VA can be found at assateagueisland.com.

seaside5. Seaside, OR If the Oregon coast is on your radar for the summer, make plans to stay in Seaside for bonfires on the beach, beautiful summer sunsets, and more things to do than will fit on your travel calendar. While the beach if the place to play, there are so many other sights to take in such as feeding the seals and wildlife watching. Making a day of it can include exploring the galleries, festivals, coastal lighthouses, historical landmarks, and the many sports made available by Mother Nature. Stop by visittheoregoncoast.com for the scoop on Seaside, OR. And if the Oregon Coast is on your route, be sure to check out the Oregon Coast Lighthouses Study Guide in the Learning Store.

montrose co6. Montrose, CO Exploring the Black Canyon and the natural wonder of the Gunnison River is the center of this charming Colorado attraction. Local art and culture are also a treat while the thrill of nature is abundant with fishing, rafting, rock climbing and the breathtaking beauty of the area. Adventure for all ages can be found easily at coloradoinfo.com.

UP MI7. Michigan Upper Peninsula There are four beautiful seasons to enjoy the breathtaking scenery in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; however, summer can’t be beat in this area packed full of fun. If outdoor sports on the list of important area amenities, then look no further. Biking, boating, birding, hiking, golfing, and fishing can be enjoyed from sun up until sun down. The UP offers famous lighthouses, museums, historic sights, and even America’s first national seashore. If a trip to Upper Michigan in is sight, keep the calendar open because there is much to enjoy. Check out uptravel.com for more details.

Lake Thief8. Horse Thief Lake, SD In the shadows of Mount Rushmore, the rustic mountain scenery of Horse Thief Lake exists in an area where there is so much to explore, it’s hard to know where to begin! The abundance of family fun available here starts with open roads, preserved nature, world-famous roadside attractions, historic landmarks and so much more. The Black Hills of South Dakota provides the back drop for family memories that will be monumental in the memory books. The best place to begin this top summer destination is at travelsouthdakota.com.

knoxville tn9. Knoxville, TN On the banks of the Tennessee River and in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains is one of the country’s perfect summer destinations. As a neighbor to America’s most visited national park, the area offers much to see and do for all ages for as many days or weeks as are available. Here lies a quirky combination of art, music, science, nature, sports, and history that comes together for entertainment opportunity like no other. Museums, historical treasures, and attractions of all kinds make up a list that is hard to pare down when looking at the things to do list of the area. Water sports include everything from serene to extreme on the river that is so much a part of the region. To experience Knoxville, go to tnvacation.com and start making plans.

tybee island10. Tybee Island, GA Less than 20 miles from historic Savannah, GA, lies Tybee Island known as Savannah Beach. An area rich in history and natural beauty, Tybee Island really does have something to offer for everyone of all ages. Exploring the island’s beach, salty marsh, and beautiful southeastern coastline is an amazing combination of nature that provides a backdrop that is best known for birdwatching. The usual opportunities for watersports exist as well as historical points of interest but all come together with a twist of Southern charm not available anywhere else in the country. To put Tybee Island on your summer travel schedule, start out at tybeeisland.com.

Kimberly Travaglino, Fulltime Families founder, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, come together as the Roadschool Moms© team with one of the top educational podcasts available on iTunes. Roadschool Moms airs LIVE every Sunday night at 9 pm EST on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. For more details on Roadschool Moms Top 10 Summer Destinations, check out the July 5th episode.

 

Fulltime Families Fall Rally Over Half Sold Out

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Only 15 spots remain* for this fall’s Fulltime Families Rally.  This event, which will feature a Colonial Times Theme, will be kicking off in Bainbridge, NY, Sept. 8th – 11th, 2016.

Events during the 4 Day Weekend include:

Historical Immersive Family Friendly Games, Crafts and Activities

Educational Seminars

An Colonial Times Inspired Amazing Race

& and much more!

Any families who full time RV or would like to are encouraged to attend.  For more information, visit: http://tiny.cc/colonialrally

*Please note, this event is the weekend following Labor Day.  Our host campground has limited spots remaining for this holiday weekend.  If you plan on arriving early, please make your reservations asap.

 

Fulltime Families Starts Accepting Early Bird Registrations for their Upcoming Colonial Times Rally

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Today, 3/22/2016, Fulltime Families has opened up registration spots to the group’s Charter Members.

If you are a Charter Member and you are interested in attending the upcoming Colonial Times Rally, please go to the Rally Shop and reserve your spot.  Early bird registration for Charter Members will be available through 3/25/2016.  On 3/26/2016, early bird registration for Lifetime FtF Members will be opened, followed by Annual Members and General Public registrations being made available on 3/30/2016.

Here are the specifics regarding the event:

What: Fulltime Families Colonial Times Rally – A total immersive historic experience.

Who: Any families living or seeking the full-time RV lifestyle.

When: September 8th – 11th (suggested check in date 9/7/2016 or earlier; suggested check out 9/12/2016 or later)

Where: Tall Pines Campground, Bainbridge, NY – owned and operated by fellow FtF family, Gayle and Eddie Bennett

How: Please see Early Bird Registration Schedule above and reserve your space accordingly.

Interested in helping coordinate this event?  Send an email to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com to be put on the planning committee.

Camping with a Newborn

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If your Summer plans include a camping trip, but your Spring plans included a newborn… don’t cancel the camping.. Babies can make great campers! Here’s how.

A trip to Babies-r-Us will have you convinced that babies need LOTS OF STUFF!!! This is absolutely false and babies can travel much lighter than their older siblings.

Love, patience and plenty of cuddling are the most important things your newborn needs, but some baby gear will also go a long way

Infant Car Seat / Carrier – so your precious bundle can be safe on your travels.

A sling – I recommend “hug a monkey” www.hugamonkey.com as they are lightweight, fits in a diaper bag and very easy to use. No buckles, no straps, no criss crossing – just a sturdy fabric loop that can carry newborns to toddlers.

A stroller – If you only have one strolling child, I strongly recommend a Snap and Go. I have a three year old that still likes to sit in the stroller – so I went with the Combi Twin Ex Sport. If fits the carrier, is very lightweight and folds up small so it fits our lifestyle well. http://www.combi-intl.com/Products/Item.aspx?Item=46

A bed – I have slept with all my children as infants, however, I am not comfortable doing so in the small queen bed in our camper. I searched for a Moses basket as my first choice, but I didn’t find one. What I did find, I feel is even better – The Summer Infant Rest Assured Sleeper is a co-sleeper but it does not fit in the bed with my husband and I. But its great anyway! It fits everywhere else and it comes with a light/sound/vibration module that can come off and go on anything. http://www.summerinfant.com/categories_products_view/591/Rest-Assured-Sleeper.html

If you have the room, a pack and play also makes the perfect camping baby bed, and you can even set it up outside so baby can take an outdoor siesta.

Diapers and wipes and organizer – I have been using my Prince Lionheart Diaper Depot Organizer for many years. Keeps everything neatly organized and where you need it – Simple and useful! http://www.walmart.com/ip/Prince-Lionheart-Dresser-Top-Diaper-Depot-Organizer/4457084

A diaper bag – When my 2nd child was born, I was fortunate enough to have found the Skip-Hop bag. I am on my 5th one. Keep in mind, none of them have worn out after years of use and many washes – some I sold on eBay and some I have passed on to other moms. This great bag holds EVERYTHING you could need for multiple kids – and clips right on to your stroller. Sturdy and attractive – the Duo is by far the BEST diaper bag available! http://www.skiphop.com/product/20000.html

My camping baby lives in onesies and one piece pajamas. Comfort goes much further than style when baby is enjoying the great outdoors.

Be sure to pack a few baby blankets and pacifiers.

Since I breastfeed only, I do not need bottles, formula or burp clothes.

Keep in mind, it did take me four kids to finally draw these conclusions and I’m sure a mom of more would come up with an even smaller list of “essentials” but the bottom line for babies is – less is definitely more!

Kimberly Travaglino is the editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, the official monthly publication of Fulltime Families Camping Company(https://www.fulltimefamilies.com). A company that supports families fulltime rv adventures or aspirations. We have the S’most Fun!

Colonial Times Immersive Rally Planning Underway

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Plans are underway for the highly anticipated FtF Back in Time Colonial Times Rally.

Currently dates and locations are being considered in the Pennsylvania area as FtFs scout out the perfect location to host the fully immersive Colonial Times Rally.

 

If you’re interested in being on the planning committee for this event, or if you are a Colonial Times Buff who can provide advisory help, we are looking for you!

Please email kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com and look for details regarding event dates, location and registration on this site in a few weeks.

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