Have you lost your curiosity as you have gotten older? A short, condensed burst of adventure maybe what you need to un-bore yourself and 'be more kid'.
To children, especially young kids, life is one continual discovery of new things. You don’t specifically need to do anything extraordinary for them to have an adventure. Don’t think crossing deserts, glaciers, or cutting a trail through a jungle; adventures can be had much closer to home: short trips on trains or finding a new park can be very exciting to young minds. Simples!
A micro-adventure that is short, simple, local and cheap can still fun, exciting, challenging & rewarding. Getting outdoors can make us happy and healthy (it’s a proven fact). Kids can fully be themselves outdoors: they can run about, shout and be as loud and energetic as they like.
As the world’s population becomes increasingly urbanised, busy and stuck in front of a screen, microadventures offer a realistic escape to wilderness, simplicity and the great outdoors, without the need to ski to the South Pole or go live in a cabin in Patagonia.
Here's some inspo:
1. Cycle paths
For the littles who need to go in a bike seat (in which case WE get the exercise) or if they are old enough to bike themselves it can make great practise for kids to hone their biking skills away from the dangers of traffic. Here's a good link to find cycle paths and tracks near you.
2. Pump & BMX tracks
Most parks these days go above and beyond the basic slides and swings. I recently came across Queen Elizabeth park in Lytham which boasts not only a Skate park, but also a fab PUMP track: a circuit of rollers and banked turns. Find a pump track here.
3. Find a local 'activity trail’
Forestry England will point you in the right direction to find your local trail: ours has just been changed from the Gruffalo to Zog! Activity packs are about 3 quid. The trail takes you through your local forest to complete activities along the way as you head on a forest journey looking out for characters & completing challenges along the way.
4. Have a beach day
As well as all the activities you can do (collecting stones/shells), being near the sea is relaxing for mind and body. Plus a good dose of sea air always makes you sleep better on a night.
5. Find a new park out of town
Dayoutwiththekids.com is a good site to locate parks around any postcode plus it boasts lots of other activities too.
6. Free events in your area - face book local app
A new app that helps you discover places and things to do recommended by friends. Will help you to keep up with what’s happening locally—wherever you are—whether you’re looking for something to do with friends this weekend or want to explore a new neighbourhood.
8. Catch a train or bus somewhere
Sounds simple: I see a train station in a very different light to my excitable-transport-loving two year old! A local train takes us directly to Eureka! Children's Museum in Halifax too which is handy. Its not necessarily an outdoor adventure, but you could use it as your transport to one!
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Until next time,
Jess :) x