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Kids camp free on Father's Day weekend: KOA campsites

Camping out in a tent under the stars.
Camping out in a tent under the stars.
Karl Petter Akesson,

Camping can be the perfect getaway for the family. You have nature, cooking by a campfire, relaxation and time for family bonding that can be difficult to get with busy lives at home. This Father's Day weekend, camping at a participating KOA camp grounds is free for kids. Kids are free with an adult purchase and the stay must take place anywhere between June 13-June 15. There are a dozen of participating locations to choose from in New Mexico and many more throughout the United States and Canada. In New Mexico, all KOA locations are participating, including: Alamagordo/White Sands, Carlsbad, Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Grants, Lordsburg, Silver City, Albuquerque North/Bernalillo, Las Cruces, Ratón, and Tucumcari. Due to the scorching New Mexico heat, you may consider staying at a KOA location that has a pool so you can cool down while vacationing.

This offer is valid for any of the types of accommodation and there's many to choose from. If you're into deluxe camping, then you'd like the deluxe cabin that features plenty of beds, a large living space and even a kitchen area. For families that don't plan on spending much time indoors, a smaller basic cabin might be more fitting. The basic cabin only has sleeping quarters and does not feature a living space. It does, however, have a porch with a swing. If you have your own RV, you can also bring that to camp in. Or bring your own tent and have the luxury of having access to restrooms, a shower and even kamping kitchens if you don't want to cook over campfire. Although cooking over campfires is allowed too- within fire restrictions for the day. Some locations around the US also have unique accommodations such as renting a Airstream, Teepee, Caboose or Tree House.

If you do plan on staying at a KOA this weekend or any other day in the future, be sure to plan your trip and location not only around the accommodation, but the actual city or town its located in. Depending on your interests, you'll want to spend family time doing more than just hanging out at the campsite. Try staying near a New Mexico State Park and visiting the lake for fishing, splashing or having a picnic. Check out any museums in the area or historical sites of interest. If you find that visiting just one KOA for a couple nights is not enough for you and you'd like to explore many more sites, then consider looking into the Value Kard Rewards program to receive a number of year round savings and earn points with each purchase.