ALTON — Get your family together for an outdoor adventure at the sixth annual Family Campout Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17. This year’s festivities will include kayaking, archery, family teambuilding games, campfire cooking competitions, and an outdoor movie after dark. This event coincides with the National Safe Boating week May 17-22.
Participants will meet at the Audubon Center at noon Saturday, May 16, at Riverlands in West Alton, Mo. Participants will begin their Family Campout experience by attending a bird festival and kayaking in Ellis Bay for a couple hours. That afternoon, attendees will drive to the Illinois Esplanade Picnic Shelter to set up their tents. Families will connect with one another through fun and competitive games and activities. After a campfire dinner, attendees will settle in for a movie on the lawn. The next morning, families will enjoy breakfast together before getting an introductory archery lesson. There is something for every member of the family to enjoy at this event.
Registration is available at www.mtrf.org or by calling (618) 462-6979. All food and activities are included for $50 for a family of up to four. Each additional person is an additional $10. Participants are required to bring camping gear including a tent, sleeping bags, water bottles and camping chairs.
Attendees who just want to get paddling experience can attend the Riverlands Paddle Festival for kayaking/canoeing at the Missouri Riverlands Way Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Several types of paddling boats will be available for demonstration. Attendees will need to check in, sign a waiver and pay $5 to cover their American Canoe Association insurance.
For information, call the National Great Rivers Museum at (618) 462-6979. The National Great Rivers Museum is located off River Heritage Parkway (Illinois 143) at 2 Lock & Dam Way, East Alton, adjacent to Melvin Price Locks & Dam. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and has free admission and free tours of the locks and dam.