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!