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How do you entertain young children camping in the rain

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TeeBee Sat 09-Aug-08 20:06:43

Okay, we have bought lots of new camping gear and we are still bravely planning to go despite this crap weather. My DSs are 3 and 5 and I have never taken them both camping before. What do we do if it continues to pour down?

We are going to the New Forest and were planning to cycle and visit Monkey World and do lots of walking and picnics. All, going tit up with this weather though, eh?

All you seasoned campers - please give your advice on how to keep them entertained inside a tent for possibly 3 days!

TeeBee Sat 09-Aug-08 20:07:49

Or does anyone know of a very good pub with a play area in the New Forest where I can --get pissed-- keep them entertained?

charliecat Sat 09-Aug-08 20:13:34

nintendos, books, drawing, cutting out maybe? wellys and rain coats and get out!

mrspnut Sat 09-Aug-08 20:16:14

Wellies and raincoats and chuck them out to play. It rarely rains continuously so there will be bits you can get out in. I also take pencils and paper, books and some small toys for rainy weather. We also try to plan our trips so we can be indoors if the weather is going to be dodgy.

TeeBee Sat 09-Aug-08 20:18:16

Thanks, yeah, got nintendos, books, craft stuff, jigsaws, bird watching book, binoculars. Guess I'm just wondering what is the point of sitting in a tent trying to occupy ourselves. They won't be able to be free and easy in natural surroundings, as I was hoping. I had visions of lovely family time, walking and cycling, climbing trees, etc. In reality, could turn into me swearing very loudly for a few days because everying is bloody soaking. Think I need my head read - answers on a postcard.

dustyteddy Sat 09-Aug-08 20:18:17

board games

charliecat Sat 09-Aug-08 20:19:38

torches for each of them...ermmm, a book you can read aloud. tennis bat type objects, swingball if you have it. I wouldnt sit in a tent for 3 days i would pack getoutable clothing.

TeeBee Sat 09-Aug-08 20:20:55

Ah yes, swingball a good idea, we could pack that.

Does anyone actually enjoy camping if it absolutely pi**ing it down?

Theresa Sat 09-Aug-08 20:32:51

Interested in answers to last question! I have bought our first tent and have borrowed basic equipment with the plan for me and 2 dc's (6 & 9) to have a 2 night try out in northumberland (about an hours drive from home) towards the end of the week (dh going to work and thinks i'm mad!). However i'm watching the weather forecast and it doesnt look good and so i reckon if its going to be really bad weather we'll not go (can't see point in going in bad weather for first trip as we may all be put off for life!)

saggyhairyarse Sat 09-Aug-08 20:46:24

We went to Cornwall last year when the weather was bad and Dartmouth this year, both times we were bailing out our tent BUT we did manage to laugh. I think the secret is copious amounts of chocolate and lager/wine!

The kids do not care! Ours have full waterproofs and most campsites have laundry rooms if you really need to dry stuff.

I do wonder what people do if it rains when you are at home? Do you stay in? There is bound to be wet weather stuff pretty much where ever you are if it is torrential.

ivykaty44 Sat 09-Aug-08 20:47:25

teebee are you going to hollands wood?

TeeBee Sat 09-Aug-08 20:48:52

Indeed I am.

TeeBee Sat 09-Aug-08 20:50:05

Well my answer to rainy days at home is hours of hide and seek and making play dough - might have to rethink that one!

TeeBee Sat 09-Aug-08 20:52:58

Ah, chocolate and wine - sounding better already. Okay, am leaving kids behind, and taking chocolate and wine instead. Perfect.

TeeBee Sat 09-Aug-08 20:55:11

ivykaty, I'm hanging around hoping you are going to suggest something wonderful in Hollands Wood to keep them busy. Dum de dum de dum.

Blandmum Sat 09-Aug-08 20:58:52

It isn't the going out in the rain that irritates if we are camping in the wet, it is the (relative) inability to dry things, like coats and shoes that gets to me.

and the faintly damp fell to the bedding.

3 day in the pissing down rain have confirmed that I am mostly a fair weather camper. I don't mind a bit of rain, but I have my limits

TeeBee Sat 09-Aug-08 21:00:41

That's what I'm worried about too MB. We won't melt in the rain, but it is bloody miserable being cold and wet even when you come in.

Think I'm going to have to resort to the hide the sweetie in the back of the VW game. Better pack a lot of smarties.

filthymindedvixen Sat 09-Aug-08 21:04:15

theresa - my boys just came back from a week in n'umbria. The forecast was ehavy showers every day. The reality wa 1 day of sunshine and showers and the rest was sunny and cloudy They even managed a trip to farne islands and 2 days on beach. Go prepared - but you may be surprised.

ivykaty44 Sat 09-Aug-08 21:09:51

I took toweling dressing gowns for me and dd to go and shower - easier to then get dressed in tent rather than try to get dressed in shower area and not very big.

People had taken gazeboes and were sat under these or playing swing ball if raining (we were lucky and had lovely weather until the last two days)

The cycle tracks are not that fast to cycle on they are heavy largish gravel - but really good for getting around. Me and dd2 (9) cycled to lyndhusrt a few times. The £1.50 cycling maps are ok - but some of the numbers are missing of the posts (I think around 33/34) so beware. The cycle path is the main tarmac road through the campsite that then continues into the wood. If you have a compass - take it with you ours came in handy (never used the one on the bike before thought it was a bit poncey!!)

Saw lots of little ones marching around with wellies on finding puddles to splash in!! great fun they were having grin

See my profile for the bridge dd2 made over the trench.

We camped right at the far end of the camp and over near the field/heath - as then we were as far from the main road as you can get. There is a toilet block up that end.

No electric on site - they do though charge your mobile fun if you have a mains plug in (50p per night charge)

Pubs in Brockenhurst. Lyndhurst the treesomething cafe was nice.

ivykaty44 Sat 09-Aug-08 21:14:41

found online cycle maps for you

You can down load and print these off and take with you.

TeeBee Sat 09-Aug-08 21:23:54

Thank you, that's great. Some really good tips, thanks - particularly the one about the dressing gowns, I'll dig ours out.

Think I might try and get hold of a gazebo too.

Thanks everyone. Think I'll just have to stay positive and take plenty of clothes.

hotcrossbunny Sun 10-Aug-08 00:01:46

We took playdough and a chopping board to roll it out on. Was played with a lot. Also took portable dvd (charged it in car each day). In fact dd sat in the car and watched it sometimes!! Lymington has the best tea shop - yummy scrummy cakes and very friendly owner. Also I think it has an outdoor pool....You'd already be wet after allgrinhmm

BBBee Sun 10-Aug-08 15:00:29

take crocs or similar.

we are just back from camping and before we went I started a very similar thread to yours!

We had a great time - bit of rain but never as bad as I envisaged - the children didn't seem to mind. We went to monkey world too on the drizzly day.

It was no where near as wet as forecast predicted!

Theresa Sun 10-Aug-08 16:34:34

thanks filthy, me and dh went to farne islands years ago and its on 'my list' of thinbgs to do with the children so fingers crossed!

MatNanPlus Sun 10-Aug-08 16:38:25

Continue with your plans wearing jacket and wellies MW in the rain can be good.

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