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Too much time in Yellowstone?

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Really, I know it soiunds crazy but are wanting to be certain we aren't spending too much time in Yellowstone with the kids. I have read tons of travel reports and I find the lodging, especially the details on OFI very confusing. Any help that can be offered is very much appreciated.
We have 3 boys, 2 who will be 10 and one who will be almost 8. I know July will be really crowded but that is when we can go. Our boys are pretty adventurous--willing to hike and try new things. Last summer we hiked in Zion, Bryce, Grand Staircase and NRGC. My worry Yellowstone is mostly hiking I don't want them to get bored. My husband and I will not but the trip will be more enjoyable if the kids have variety. I know there will not be a pool to distract them at the end of the day. Small distractions appreciated. Our plan follows, I just want to keep it fresh for them. (If it helps we loved Zion & NRGC, horseback riding in Bryce.We struggled with there being no place in Bryce for the kids to run or play soccer--too many nights in that park would have been hard.)
Our plan so far:
Fly into Jackson, Wyoming stay Canyon Lodge Western Cabin. We have five nights reserved here. The first night we may not get in early enough to get to Canyon. Should we stay in Jackson if we are arriving around 7:15 pm? I have read don't drive at night inside the park. I don't have a feel for when it gets dark or how far Canyon will be from the Jackson airport.
We plan on seeing Hayden,Lamar valleys, hiking some of Mt. Washburn, doing the cowboy chuck wagon dinner several geyser hikes etc. We have thought about taking one day and going to Cody. Maybe a boat rental on lake yellowstone? Like I said we are looking for variety. Thoughts?
Next we have 3 nights at Old Faithful Inn "Hi Range Room" . Has anyone stayed in a room with this description? I have searched for Old Faithful lodging and it is confusing if this is in the actual lodge or cabin or if this is where we want to stay. Does anyone know what this means? Is this the best choice for a family? Will we get any sleep here? Are we staying here too long?
Next we have 2 nights at Signal Mountain Lodge to see Grand Teton NP. Is there anough for the kids here? Suggestions?
We will fly out of Jackson. I have not booked flights yet so I can change the number of nights in certain places. Thank you for any ideas and suggestions.

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