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If you have children with you, you will have no worries about keeping yourself busy, you'll be plenty busy. If the weather is nice, your kids might enjoy games like: Throw Rocks in the Water Run Around As Fast As You Can See If You Can Throw A Prized Toy Into A Tree And Get It Stuck There Find A Stick and then Fight Over Whose Stick It Is My kids also ...


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Apparently it was removed due to lack of funding for repairs. Here's a link to an article about it. Here's a link to a picture for the curious. Too bad.


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Look for wildlife. This will depend on where in the world you are camping, but in most rural areas, there will be some wildlife around. And its often possible to see some of it without too much effort. See how many different species of birds you can spot - binoculars and a field guide may be helpful. Or try photographing a variety of animals. You can even ...


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In addition to Kate's excellent answer I have the following advice, from over 35 years camping (13 of them with kids): If there is the slightest chance of the entire holiday being rainy, take a tent much larger than you need. This isn't just to give you room to dry wet things, store dry stuff etc., but it gives kids the opportunity to play in the tent ...


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We've camped for a month (4 adults/no kids), no TV, no phone, no radio or power & one water spigot. We didn't manage to get bored. Other than the routine of getting firewood/cooking/cleaning, here's some of the things we did: Swim. We went swimming a few times a day to cool off. Explore. This was a new area to us so we took advantage of the time to see ...


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I'd probably use the same technique I'd use if I was tandem abseilling with anyone, i.e. extend the abseil and attach both parties to it: | | @<- belay plate / \\ / \\ <- rope to adult child--adult ^ | / | <- tail of rope / attach child to adult as well as rope for safety So you extend the belay away ...


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I think it was polypropylene, it was that cheap, hard, twisted stuff sold in hardware stores for general utility You may find a larger hardware store sells a wider quality spectrum of plastic-based ropes. Your best bet will be to browse stores until you find something that seems well-made, at a price you're willing to pay. Hemp rope is an old classic, ...


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More suggestions. Btw @Kate, I loved your list. During the day. Day hikes River / lake swimming Just exploring Practice survival skills At night. Word games book reading Theological / political discussions Solve all worldly problems Get drunk and then tell your best friend to "check this out". Earn Darwin award. :-)


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We used Outdoor/Indoor Protective Flooring interlocking Mats inside the tent ($20) (above ground sheet) insulates, soft enough to sleep on. Toddlers like this from experience (good for naps too) thermal rest (roller mat) $30 -$200 each depending on climate Baby can sleep with lots of cotton blankets wrapped up This mother blogs about it ...


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You don't mention budget, but a couple things I really like when car camping are: Beautyrest air mattress (about $100). Can be very firm if you like that, and the edges don't collapse like most air mattresses do. It's like a real bed. Does require A/C close by. A tent tall enough to stand in. I'll rough it while backpacking, but I like to be comfortable ...


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You could also try outdoor crafts like flower crowns, which you can find all the materials for outdoors though are easier to make with a little wire, or tree tapestries, which require some yarn and a yarn needle: You'll need a sturdy, Y-shaped branch. To make the loom's warp (the strands that act as the foundation of the weaving), tie the end of a ball ...


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My favorite fireside activity is my family's version of 20 questions. Announce whether your an animal, vegetable or mineral and answer yes or no until they give up or get it. Marsh-mellows and the popcorn popper are a must. If its raining all day go into town and find something to do. Bring that Ipad you told your kids they can't bring just in case. We ...


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After the prompt by Liam in the comments, I got in touch with the Forestry Commission via their website - it seems they list an email contact for each site. I received the following reply, confirming Joe's answer: The Nightjar (wooden bird) had been repaired over many years. However, the foundations had begun to rot beyond repair; it was with some ...


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We car-camped with our 5 month old using a yoga mat as a sleeping pad wedged in above our heads in a two person backpacking tent. It was summer and in California, so we weren't worried about moisture from touching the sides. We were worried about having him sleeping in anything too soft, because that's against the recommendations for infants (suffocation, ...



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