As a follow-up to our Tips for Fun Outings with Children in the Spring issue, here a few more suggestions to keep things fun, interesting, and safe. Whether taking a quick walk down one of our many trails or going all-out on an overnight camping trip, consider these ideas from REI.com:
1. Keep Safe: Bring a whistle, flashlight, and plenty of water (especially if camping or hiking)
2. Respect Wildlife: Ask park rangers about wildlife activity in the area you are visiting, inquire about any precautions, and be mindful of treating flora and fauna with respect.
3. Notice Nature: Look for wildlife, find bugs, examine rocks, identify birds and flowers. Name clouds. Bring a field guide to learn about what you find.
4. Be Flexible: Try to keep your kids active without following a regimented schedule. If they’re entertained by skipping rocks on the water, give them time to perfect the multiple-skip fling.
5. Go Geocaching: A GPS-guided treasure hunt engages kids physically and mentally.
6. Bring Fun Games: Try a paddleball set, marshmallow launcher, animal-shaped flashlights, foot bags, and educational games like “Pass the Pigs” or “Why Knot?”
7. Bring Flying Toys: Kites, lighted discs, and Djubi balls.
8. Make Ice Cream: Have some low-tech fun with a boot-around plastic ball that doubles as an ice cream maker.
9. Bring Water Fun: One example is glowing, multicolor flying discs.
10. Bring a Camera: Share memories of your time together.