This article on CNN is about tent camping, but the idea is all the same. If anyone ever thought it wasn't a good idea to take kids camping... well, they really, really need to read this article.
"Sure there are bugs. It may rain. And you'll probably use that first-aid kit more than once. But that's a small price to pay for the chance to experience nature through your child's eyes..."
Pitch a tent for a cheap family getaway
Forgive the title
I put in, but that's what the article is called and it will make it easier for "Search."