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For a few months now, my oldest kids have been
asking begging to go camping. I don’t know why, I don’t know where the idea came from, but I do know that camping is a *lot* of work for moms, but also a TON of fun for kids. We went once a year when I was a child and I still have fond, fun memories of our many camping experiences. A couple weeks ago, we took the bigs on their very first ‘camping’ trip! And it was a trip ;). When the Indiana State Parks asked if we wanted to stay in one of the cabins at Harmonie State Park, I was SO excited for a weekend away in the great outdoors, minus the hassle of tent camping. Harmonie State Park is only 2.5 hours away from St. Louis, right across the Wabash River, which separates Illinois and Indiana. The park is gorgeous – lush, green, full of life – and sits outside the town of New Harmony, which is ahhhdorable – pics & details below. When I told the kids we were going camping, they were SO pumped. When I told my momma friends with kids we were going camping for the weekend, I got SO many ‘are-you-insane?!’ reactions! It was a warm weekend in mid-May – how would the kids *do* without all the usual distractions and go-go-go weekend agenda? I was actually looking forward to spending time together in a place without TV, no Internet, and nothing on our to-do list for a change. So I packed the car with the essentials – s’mores supplies (#priorities), dinners for both nights, snacks, water, you get the idea – along with sleeping bags for the kids (bunk beds!!!) and bedding and linens and we left on Friday around lunchtime. It was a seriously the quickest day-trip from St. Louis and we were at our cabin’s doorstep in less than 3 hours total, including a quick stop for lunch. Harmonie State Park has 10 cabins, all of which have air conditioning, two bedrooms (two sets of bunk beds in one room, one queen bed in the other), a full kitchen (stove, oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, coffee maker), a screened in back porch with rocking chairs, and your own fire pits and parking spaces. Not exactly roughing it ;). Plan Your Trip to Indiana State Parks
Cabins at Harmonie STate Park
Also on the Harmonie State Park grounds were several walking trails, horseback riding trails, biking trails, an amazing pool (that, unfortunately, wasn’t open when we visited because of the time of year), tons of mature trees, a nature center, an awesome playground – just tons of ways to get outside and enjoy time together as a family. On Saturday, we woke up and went for a hike in the park. After a quick trip to the playground – seriously, there were tons of kids around and my kids were LOVING it – we drove into New Harmony for brunch at Red Geranium, which is directly across from The Roofless Church. There were two weddings in New Harmony that day and the small town was abuzz with wedding prep. We rented a golf cart from the Atheneum for a 4-hour timespan and the kids were absolutely in heaven! We hit the little Farmer’s Market and then the Working Men’s Institute across the street. I was also able to pop into a few cute antique shops along the way – this one was my favorite!