Tent Camping AZ

Learning Through Play: Educational Board Games For Kids

kids playing checkers at campPlay time can be learning time as well. There are educational board games that kids enjoy and parents love. This article will review some of the board games on the market that fit into this category.

1. Monopoly

Monopoly has been around for a long time and it is a frequent selection on family game nights. In Monopoly, you learn a lot about money. For kids, that involves figuring out how to spend their money wisely and even budget their finances to ensure future success. Finally, Monopoly also teaches kids about the value of investments and how they can pay off in the long term.

2. Checkers

Checkers is a familiar game to most people. Chances are, you have played a game or two before. In Checkers, you are in charge of either the red pieces or the black pieces. You want to try and capture your opponent’s pieces so that you are the only player left on the board. Checkers teaches children critical thinking skills; they have to determine the ripple effect that any given move will have on the game.

3. Worst Case Scenario

In Worst Case Scenario, players are given a variety of situations that could turn out badly if the right choice is not made. Along with each situation, players are told they can select from several actions. They are suppose to choose the action that will most effectively (and safely) resolve the situation. If they select the right action, they advance in the game. Worst Case Scenario, then, teaches children about decision making.

Board games are a lot of fun, but they can also be a learning tool for parents. If you want play time to be educational as well, pick up these games for your next family game night. Your kids will enjoy playing and so will you!

April 18, 2017 / by / in , , , , , , ,
Going AZ Camping? What’s The Best Lantern To Take Along?

Lantern for campingIf you ever choose to go camping in the woods, then having an outdoor camping lantern is going to provide you a helpful source of power. Lanterns are obviously useful for lighting up your interior camping space. Actually, non-gas models are safe around children and can light up your camping space even when the weather is stormy. Many modern camping lanterns also sport additional benefits that your parents would never have dreamed of, including USB ports that charge smartphones, among others. There are a great number of critical factors to consider when sifting through all the lantern choices on the modern market.

The weight of any lantern is rather important when it comes time to carry camping equipment from one place to the next. Some lanterns, actually many of them in fact, weigh from a single pound to about three pounds. Alternatively, a lantern running off of D-cell batteries might have another pound of weight. Know what weight you and your group are comfortable with when picking a model for your upcoming camping trip.

Another consideration is the hours of operation the lantern gives you. Hand-crank and solar-powered lanterns have less operating time. Battery-powered models last longer in this department. Thankfully, many lanterns have a feature where you can tweak settings and make adjustments. Lowering the right settings means you can conserve the available energy. How bright the light output is, along with other available features, round out the list of your considerations when shopping for the best lantern for your next camping trip.

Camping lanterns are popular items, and the current marketplace has many models from different manufacturers. A number of considerations go into your decision, including weight, hours of operation, power source, brightness, and additional features.

April 1, 2017 / by / in , , , , ,
Some Tips for Tent Camping in AZ

Tent Camping AZTent camping can be a back-to-nature and enjoy-being-unplugged experience for the seasoned camper. It can also be a little intimidating for the new camper. We’d like you to get the most out of the adventure so thought we’d share a few tips to make this tent camping trip your best ever.

Rainfly – this is an important part of your tent camping equipment. The rainfly drapes over the top of your tent and keeps you, your tent, and your gear from getting wet in the event of a rain storm. It will typically cover the windows and doors so you can leave them open for air circulation.

Setup – you should have a practice run (or two) before your camping trip so you are familiar with how to assemble your tent. Each will have its own unique configuration so read the instructions and give it a go.

Location – once you have your campsite, make sure to pitch your tent on the highest point. It should be flat and free of debris. This will keep you above any water accumulation if you have rain. And lay a pad or tarp beneath your tent, that is just slightly smaller than the edges of your tent. This will keep sharp stones from poking through to you and will keep water from creating puddles around the edges of your tent.

Bring a mallet or hammer to drive the stakes. You’ll run into all types of ground that you need to push the stakes into and using a rock as a hammering device will probably not be helpful. When it’s time to pack up, be sure to shake your tent out well and make sure it is good and dry before storing for the long-term. This will prevent any damage in storage and extend the life of your new favorite camping vehicle.

We hope you have a memorable time camping in your tent. It can be a fantastic way to get outside and enjoy the world. Be sure to check out our member parks for the perfect place to stay next time you plan your camping vacation.

March 4, 2017 / by / in , ,