I'm still not brave enough to attempt "normal" camping with my young brood. We recently found Jellystone Campgrounds online. They have all sorts of cheesy kid entertainment, group projects, hay and firetruck rides, playgrounds, bouncy things, swimming pools and more. Though this sounds like torture to this introverted mom, it was heaven to my extroverted brood of kids, and the staff at the campground had a great way of making these awful group activities seem (almost) fun, to even me. Most importantly, they have air conditioned cabins.
Taz was not a fan of Yogi.
Zoom was that obnoxious kid all weekend, pointing out the subtle fact that (SPOIL ALERT) Yogi wasn't a real bear but really someone in a bear costume.
They had this awesome, super fun, bouncy pillow thing dug into the ground - sort of moonwalk meets trampoline. Not sure which kid loved it the most, but I'd put my money on the big one jumping the highest.
like any great dad, he is not afraid to trample children for the sake of a good time
and what fun would a giant in-ground bouncy pillow be without a game of King of the Pillow Mountain?
Renny: Small but mighty using her Ka-ra-TAY skills to push her dad off
Check out The Eldest in the background. Love this pic.
teaching the kids some old school tetherball
Free face-painting. There were two face-painters and in true Eldest fashion, Renny scoped out each one's artistic abilities before making her line selection. Although all are really cute, Renny's face-painter was a professional
Renny debated for a long time after the facepainting session: To swim or not to swim. She decided to swim, but not get her face wet. Enter friends and siblings stage left and (huge surprise) project dry-face was a big fail.
Raven's idea of a good time in a swimming pool
Taz's idea of a good time in a swimming pool
last but certainly not least, air conditioning ...
a real bed that doesn't have to be blown up
and cartoons (which is like salvation at 6:30 in the morning)