Yurt camping is a unique experience and A LOT of fun. We had the chance to “camp” at Kayak Point and now we are sharing our Yurt Camping 101 to show you how to make it fun, successful, and full of memories for the whole family!
Yurt Camping at Kayak Point
This was our second time yurt camping at Kayak Point. The first time our babies were small and what I loved the most was the heated yurt to escape to for nursing. It was such a relief after a less than stellar camping experience during the summer, we needed to redeem ourselves. And this version of camping was the perfect way to successfully “camp” with kiddos.
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We were there in November and it poured rain the entire visit. And yet, even with a 2 and 4 year old, we had so much fun! We ate hot meals, played board games and go-fish, and enjoyed the rain breaks by playing at the playground and the beach. Thanks to that fantastic visit we decided to book a second trip, now with older kiddos, for this fall. I am so glad we did!
This time around we went with a few other families with kiddos the same age. Getting to see your children run around in a big band of excited friends, all exploring, leaf collecting, mushroom admiring, fire stoking, and gleeful shrieking at night? The very best.
The Yurts are decked out with a twin over full bunk bed, and a large futon. There is heat (and it gets HOT in those little yurts!) and electricity (hello phone charging ability) in each yurt, as well as a covered area with a water source and electricity that is up for use by the whole Yurt Village (10 yurts). This meant that cooking was far more user friendly than it is with traditional camping. We used our Instant Pot, as well as an electric griddle, and slow cooker. In our yurt we also kept our electric kettle and drank tea or coffee without ceasing. The best part of camping is coffee next to a fire!
Speaking of fire, every yurt has their own fire pit. Bring a lot of wood! We kept our fire going pretty much the whole two days we were there. The kids loved roasting marshmallows, and anything else they could put on a stick, as well as foraging around for wood to dry out and use.
Outdoor Family Activities
Camping with kids can feel tough, activities to fill the day is hard sometimes. Gone are the camping trips where I capped each day with a long hike, and read by a river or in my tent as the rain fell. With kiddos, it's a bit different. That is part of what we love the most about this destination. Not only are there ways to hide from the weather, but there is a gorgeous (easy) hike down to a big, fun to comb, beach, and a huge playground (!).
We climbed, and collected. Hiked, and explored. Swung, and monkey barred! There was lots to entertain all the kiddos, ranging in age from 1-10! We came home with about 20 extra rocks hidden away in pockets, and a few scraped knees from log traversing, but, all in all, the outdoor times were some of the best.
More Fun With Friends
Going with a group brings with it a lot of benefits. More friends to play with, more eyes to help you out with your own children, but most of all… sharing the food burden! Each family was responsible for one meal, and all their own snacks (as well as their own dinner on arrival night and lunch on pack up day). This worked out really well for everyone, and eased the finical and logistical burden of packing so much food!
Yurt camping is it's own specific version of camping, and probably can't quite be called camping at all given all the amenities (bathrooms! heat! light!). But, for our family, it is an ideal way to make camping so much fun.
So, that said, we have a few tips to make it even more successful for everyone in your family! We call it Yurt Camping 101!
Yurt Camping 101
1. Pack Warm. My kids always get wet. Always. They find a puddle where I never knew there was one. Packing extra socks, a bonus coat, and a fleece under-layer is a great way to ensure that you always have a spare and will make your day so much easier. A warm and dry kid is a happy one. But on the flip side, a kiddo who can play unencumbered is even happier. So having that back-up on hand can give you the best of both worlds. Since you are yurt/car camping it isn't too hard to pack that extra warm stuff!
2. Snacks. When divvying up meals it can often mean that something that your child doesn't eat will be on the menu. Being stocked with easy and healthy snacks is an good way to avoid hungry melt downs. We kept on hand: lunch meat, granola, nuts, peanut butter and apples, and some of their favorite tea to warm them up when they came in from playing.
3. Like with any vacation or campout, keep your expectations realistic. If you have little kiddos, it's likely sleep won't be amazing no matter where you are if it's not home. Go in knowing this, pack that extra strong coffee or your yoga mat to refresh you. Kids who are tired get melty easier, and follow through can be low on planned activities. Have lots of cozy, calm, back-ups. At one point my kiddos (maybe they're introverts?) had hit their max on being with people, so our family holed up in our yurt and read some Chronicles of Narnia together. That little reconnect saved us, and me not getting upset that we missed out on a group beach comb was paramount to helping my kids' moods too.
4. Have Fun! Adventure, sing, run around, play tag, bring flashlights, leave your phone behind! It can be hard to do all that at home when the to-do list looms large. But on vacation, leave it all behind. The more you are really playing with your children, the more you and they will really enjoy your time away.