Since we have had such a smooth operation we have been able to concentrate on how two adults and two small children exist in 10 feet of space. Thank God for the DVD player!
There are many ways to keep small children occupied. Get books or brouchures on wildlife, animal tracks, wildflowers, trees, insects, etc. When you're out try to identify and name the things around you. What kind of tree is that? What's this flower? What kind of an animal made these tracks? Try to identify a bird call by it's sound. Take a short hike and point out the differences between plants. Wildlife doesn't have to be large mammals, a catipillar will do. In AZ you can probably watch a lizzard or two.
In the evenings a campfire and roast a marshmellow or two. Listen to the night sounds, the wind in the trees, the night birds. Look at the stars and marvel at the universe we live in.
The list goes on and on and on.
As you can see, these activities aren't realted to spending time inside a trailer. These are the things your childern will remember and cherrish through out their lives. A movie on a DVD player will fade into the past. But an outdoor experience where nature is marveled at will remain forever. Our now grown children still remember the names of many of the wildflowers (the younest is 30). They still will stop and watch a catipillar crawling across a path.
I created a web page a number of years ago about hiking with small children. It's still being used today. Many of the tips there can be adapted to camping. Here's the link.
Interestingly, most of those things above my wife and I still do. This past week-end we watched several Hairy Woodpeckers tapping on trees. Noted the tall grass along a spring fed creek. Marveled at the spring that fed that creek. Chuckled at antics of Golden Mantel Ground Squirrels. Noted how the moon light
and the sun light
played with the mixture of Pondarosa Pines and Aspens.
I say thank God for all the marvels of nature.