Your adventurous spirit does not have to become a distant memory once you start a family. There are several fun and adventurous activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family, regardless of the age of your children. Everyone can easily enjoy each of these five activities, although there might need to be some small modification for very young children.
Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors as a family. There are a variety of camping opportunities, including staying in tents, recreational vehicles, trailers, cabins, or lodges. You just need to find a beautiful outdoor area and enjoy sleeping in the wild. You can also include other fun outdoor activities such as hiking or tubing in the river. You can do a trial camping run in your backyard to see how well your children handle sleeping outdoors before scheduling a larger event.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing or snowboarding trips can be fun for the whole family. Generally, children can begin to take lessons for the full skiing experience around age three, but they can enjoy playing around in flat terrain on skis and boots before then as long as they are fairly stable on their legs. Even if you have children not yet able to walk, your family can enjoy a skiing or snowboarding trip. You can go sledding, snowshoeing, or just ride a gondola up the mountain, as well as trade off babysitting duties while the rest of the family enjoys skiing or snowboarding.
Kayaking is another fun activity for all ages. Until your child is experienced and old enough to kayak by his or herself, you will want one adult with every child in a kayak. If you kayak on smooth water and have a lot of experience yourself, you can take a child of any age in the kayak with you, as long as you take safety precautions such as a lifejacket. In rougher water, such as the ocean, you may want to wait until your child is a little older. It is important that you teach your child water safety and that they can swim before taking them kayaking, especially in rougher waters. You can also go canoeing, tubing, or rafting with your whole family, depending on the water activities available to you.
Hiking is something that anyone can enjoy. There are a variety of trails that can be convenient for all skill levels, including very young children. When you are taking your children hiking, you should keep in mind their endurance, and the possibility you may have to carry a child for some of the distance. As your children grow, you can go on longer and more intense hikes, including extended backpacking trips that include overnight camping.
Geocaching is one of the latest crazes that people of all ages enjoy. All you need is a GPS enabled smartphone and you can go treasure hunting all over the world, including in your own hometown. There are specific geocache, or containers, hidden in special places. You use your GPS device to search for the container hidden in the area. Typically, once you find the geocache, you leave it. However, if you want to take it, you are expected to leave something of equal or greater value for others to enjoy. There are a variety of geocache types, including the traditional containers, a mystery or puzzle cache, multi cache that has multiple locations, and EarthCache that tells about unique natural features of the area.
With these five adventurous activities, you and your whole family can enjoy spending time outdoors together. You can start doing many of these activities when your children are young with some modifications, and then continue to build on the activities as they grow up.
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