Not only are you creating life-long memories when you get out and try something new together, but you’re also developing curiosity and building problem-solving skills. An adventure we went on last school holidays had us figuring out the best place to cross a stream without getting too wet, what to do for a baby penguin we found washed up on the beach and whether it was best to climb around some rocks to the next bay or head on up over the hill.
Adventures don’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Simply putting on coats and boots and heading out for a walk in stormy weather can be super exciting for kids. Meeting another family and exploring a local bush track or public park; walking along a section of coastline; climbing a mountain; going geocaching – these are just a few examples of adventurous activities that are relatively accessible, as well as cheap or free.
When school holidays roll around, especially the wintery ones when movie marathons are a very tempting entertainment option, I aim to include a couple of adventurous activities in the schedule. Intentionality and planning definitely help. I’ll have a look at the calendar and ask the kids what outdoor activities they’d like to do and who with. Mates are great for motivation.
And here’s another tip, a thermos for tea! Whatever your level of adventure, a rucksack of refreshments can certainly sweeten the mood. So now you’ve got the sense that adventure for my family generally extends to a picnic and a bush or beach walk, I’ll hand over to Kath who tackles tramping huts and trekking through snow on a regular basis...