Hot mama: Kate Gosselin flaunted her bikini bod while vacationing with her eight kids (and bodyguard Steve Neild) at Bald Head Island, NC, Sunday. (A free tummy tuck was among the many perks the 34-year-old reality star received as a result of shooting the hit TLC show Jon & Kate Plus 8.)
Kate and Co. arrived in the N.C. resort town by ferry earlier this week -- along with camera crews. (The Pennsylvania labor department is currently investigating whether the TLC show is complying with the state's child labor laws.)
"They were so normal," Amanda Jones, an employee at island gift shop Riverside Adventure Co., told local paper The Star-News.
She added that 8-year-old twins Cara and Madelyn picked up two shark's teeth and silly putty. "They paid for their own things," said Jones.
Their shopping trip was quick: "It was very, let's get in and out," Jones said. "It was like, please don't take note of us."
Missing from the trip? Jon Gosselin. He was last spotted at an upstate New York bar with two women on Memorial Day.