Camping Out With the Kids? Plan Accordingly.
This message is for the new generation of campers, families who still love time tenting in a campground, yet have kids who want to be electronically connected. Those families who continue that long-standing desire to get away from the hustle and bustle of the work world and the pressure associated with it, yet still must have intellectual activity of some type.
For today’s campers, there is still the desire to spend some time alone with the family, to listen to the soothing snap, crackle and pop of a pine log burning in a rock-enclosed, open campfire pit. But at the same time, these campers have children who have grown up in the electronic age, kids who yearn for the chance of playing a stimulating video game or to spend time keyboarding and surfing the Internet.
These children see camping and the thought of truly getting away from it all as a tad more like punishment, that fun has to be set aside to humor the frivolous whims of their parents. These kids put up with the hiking as long as there is some biking and they are willing to explore the wilderness as long as there is a beach, swimming hole, or better yet, a Dairy Queen with those scrumptious blizzards that render all that exertion quickly to the past.
But then inevitably, the kids are tired from all that activity. Worse yet, there’s a rainy day along with a cold damp wind. Their desire to do physically demanding activities wanes and the whining begins. Their patience with you, and soon your’s with them, begins to get really tested.
Whether tired or suffering from a rainy stretch, we’ve found just the trick, a simple way to incorporate a little electrical input for the family for a slow day. All it takes is a little planning and the realization that getting away from it all need not be boring.
All it takes is a small portable television and the mobile Mvix multimedia player to positively round out any camping experience. With these two electronic gadgets, a family can equip itself to deal with tired children or the more challenging issue of mother nature.
The Mvix multimedia player is a minicomputer with the ability to both store and play every form of audio or video imaginable. Not a whole lot larger than the typical paperback book, the multimedia player is capable of storing everyone’s favorite music, pictures from your camera that could form various slide shows especially those from your prior wilderness excursions, and of course any movie available on line.
There is no need to bring stacks of VHS tapes or DVDs or CDs. Every form of video and audio can be backed up onto your Mvix multimedia player, making campground viewing and listening as easy as connecting a couple of wires.
Once the rain begins or the tired children yearn for some down time, set up the Mvix player under a decent size awning and light a small hibachi full of charcoal nearby. Begin your family session with a preassembled slide show of prior camping trips, being sure that the pictures you downloaded include the goofiest and outrageous ones you have. No child can resist looking at their own picture or of making fun as to how their brother or sister looked a few years back, just be sure to keep it all good natured fun. Take the time to throw in a few questions that prompt some reminiscing and even a drab rain turns into a soothing backdrop to a great family conversation.
As soon as the charcoal is ready, pause the Mvix to break out the jiffy pop but continue the chatter. Ask your children to try and remember why this year’s camping location was selected and where they might like to go next time. For any camper, but especially for parents, the soft sounds of the rain, the smells and sounds of the popping corn, and the feeling that comes with a conversation that you are connecting with your own family members is like no other in life.
When the popcorn is ready, put on the first of those downloaded family movies. It’s a snap with the Mvix player. If by chance the first movie is a dud, you stay right where you are, cuddled up in your blanket and make yet another selection with a simple remote control. Perhaps you may even want to mix the metaphors, having a small, 13" black and white television set, to remind the kids that there once was a time when such a television was state of the art. Then again, you may not want to press your luck too far.
Within the matter of minutes, any rain is far from your mind and the boredom is gone from the mind of your kids. You can make your camping experience one of the more memorable of family times together as long as you recognize that plugged in can still be part of getting away from it all.
Because with this little Mvix player, you have the ability, especially the portability, to turn the proverbial camping disaster for a family trying to rough it, into just another exciting and enjoyable part of an amazing family experience.