Those of you who know me personally know that I am not a fan of camping. However, I decided awhile ago to push my dislike aside for my boys as they LOVE camping! This trip confirmed that camping and (my) toddler don’t mix, but we had fun anyway.
This is our first experience with a KOA campground. My in laws found this particular campground that is located in Ft. Collins. I really knew nothing about KOA camping before this trip other than they are kid-friendly, and that definitely turned out to be true!
This particular KOA campground has only 5 tent sites that all sit along a small lake, and the rest of the campground is for RVs/pop-up campers (some sites have their own hot tubs!), as well as several cabins that are available for rent. We booked this trip with the grandparents- the older boys (ages 6 and 4) stayed with them in their pop up camper. Our youngest (age 2) was to stay with us in our tent.
My husband referred to this campground as urban camping. It is just north of the heart of Ft. Collins, plus there are bathrooms and showers that at times made me think we were at a hotel.
Our first night in the tent did not go very well (and furthered my dislike for camping). Our 2 year old was not a fan of sleeping in the tent. He had a very short nap on the drive up to Ft. Collins so we put him down at his normal bedtime thinking he would be exhausted. He was in the Pack N Play in the tent but was not a fan of being alone in a strange place. We slept next to him and then put him in bed with us. He was still not a fan or would find it funny to jump on us. After 4 hours of him not wanting to sleep, Erick drove him around to get him to sleep. Shortly after he left I heard a little munch, munch, munch right by my head (this was around midnight). A very large raccoon came to our site and broke into our plastic bin (that was closed tight) and was eating our chips and graham crackers just a few feet from my head.
Luckily my sister lives about a mile away and she gave us her home to use the next night while they were out of town. We left our tent set up and the older boys still slept with the grandparents in the pop up camper. This solution worked well for everyone. 🙂 And we still got to enjoy all of the amenities of the campground without having to sleep in a tent! For others who do not love camping in a tent the cabins that are available for rent seem like a great compromise!
There was so much to do here during the day that we were never bored. The kid-friendly amenities include a swimming pool, splash pad, bumper boats, paddle boats shaped like animals, fishing, go-kart type bikes (non motorized), bounce houses, a large 44 foot bounce house slide, a jump pad, mini golf, a train that went around the campground, and a large playground.
All of the amenities are included in the registration price when you sign up for your campsite.
The campsite also has a daily list of kid-friendly activities. Some are free and some are an additional cost.
The kids had so much fun during this trip. Their favorite amenities included the bumper boats and the non motorized go kart bikes (similar). The campground even provides helmets for everyone to use on their bike ride.
On our first full day at the campsite my 6 year old got over 18,000 steps on his new fitness tracker that he had just gotten for his birthday. He seriously thought that was so cool to have so many steps!
We went the weekend before the 4th of July and it was HOT!
Boys’ ages at time of camping: 6, 4, and 2
Website: Lakeside KOA Campground