Camping with Kids

camping with kids

In a world dominated by electronics and technology, many parents are looking for ways to get their children’s eyes off the screens and get some outdoor time. Camping is a great way to keep your kid’s entertained while educating them on nature and history and finding a way to bond with them as well. If you’re getting ready to take your kiddos camping for the first time, it’s sure to be a bit of a shock. So here are a few tips to get your kids ready and exciting for their first trip.

 

Practice camping at home

An easy way to get the little ones ready for outdoor life is by setting up a makeshift campsite in your backyard. Pitch a tent outside and spend a night stargazing, eating smores and focus on staying off the electronics. This will start to get your kids ready for a few days of outdoor living.

 

Remember to pack a first-aid-kit

You know your kids better than anyone and sometime they can be unexpected, especially in a new environment. Children can get excited and trip over an unseen bump in the road, get bitten by unexpected bugs and a number of other things. Be prepared for a few scrapes and bruises by packing a good first aid kit full of band-aids, ointments, bug spray and any medicines you may need. The worst thing is for a small injury to cause a short end to your trip.

 

Bring a few toys from home

Maybe you want the kids completely off of cell phones and tablets, or maybe a little use is okay, either way you want to make sure to bring a few things from home so that they have something to play with during downtime. With such a big change, the kids usually feel more comfortable when they have a few things that remind them of home.

 

Get them involved

One of the best ways to ensure your kid has a good time while camping is to let them be involved. Whether that’s gathering firewood, organizing supplies, or picking the hiking trails, kids will respond best to the outdoors when they feel involved and appreciated.

 

Most importantly, have fun! 

Most importantly, have fun! If you go into a new trip with a positive attitude, chances are your kids will too and it will make for a fun and safer trip for everyone!

Spooky Sightings and Haunted Highways, Part I

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The Halloween season is upon us and if spooky sightings and haunted highways are your thing, check out our list for the most haunted places in the Texas Hill Country.

Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock State Park is one of the most visited parks in Texas and guests are never shy to share their spooky stories. While the enormous pink granite is a wonder all on its own, the history behind Enchanted Rock makes it one of the most interesting of the supposedly haunted places in the area. Early on, Comanche, Apache and Tokawa tribes inhabited the area and believed the rock had magical powers and would often perform sacrifices on the mountain. To this day, visitors report seeing footprints including those of a chief who sacrificed his own daughter.

Dating back to the 1800’s people have reported hearing the mountain make some interested sounds from moaning to creaking, as well as seeing glowing blue lights appear in the distance.

Woman Hollering Creek

Located on I-10 between San Antonio and Seguin, Woman Hollering Creek is named for a popular Mexican legend of La Llorona or “the weeping woman.” Legend has it that a young woman gave birth to her first child before drowning it in the creek. To this day, she supposedly wanders the area wearing a white gown and mourning the death of her child. Be careful not to get to close, as it is said she will pull you in!

The Devil’s Backbone

Home to one of the most popular paranormal stories is the large limestone ridge known as The Devil’s Backbone. The ridge stretches from Blanco to Wimberly and locals insist it is haunted. From Confederate soldiers wandering around the area to horses that seem to just disappear into thin air to a lady in white walking along the side of the road, The Devil’s Backbone has a little bit of everything.

Be sure to check out the Devil’s Backbone Tavern, a bar who thrives off the legends and which is said to play host to its share of paranormal activity.

 

Family Fun for All

Are you here for a wonderful family vacation? If so, there are so many child-friendly things you can do in Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas.

Here’s a few of our favorites:

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Just a couple of hours away in San Antonio is Six Flags Fiesta Texas. With so many rides and games to choose from, and with them being for all ages, its definitely worth the drive; especially if you’ve never been to a Six Flags before.

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While you’re in the area, why not stop at Sea World to explore the creatures of the sea. Catch a dolphin show or see Elmo and friends dance the night away. You can even see rescued animals put on a show, and if after all that, you’re really feeling the Texas heat, stop by the huge Sesame Street splash pad. Or, cool down on the Journey to Atlantis water ride. There’s something here for everyone.

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We’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but it’s just too magical not to mention again. Enchanted Rock is really the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. Enjoy hiking, backpacking and picnics while taking in the beautiful scenery of the state park. For those who are more adventurous and enjoy rocking climbing, this area is perfect for it.

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Within ten acres, you will find 11 distinct habitats at Fredericksburg Nature Center. It’s free to visit and has over 6,000 feet of hiking trails with important habitats marked off. See majestic birds soaring through the sky and enjoy other various species along the way.

We know your family will enjoy these adventures as much as ours!