We love our Onya Baby Nexstep Carrier and everyone else that we’ve talked to who has one has loved theirs too! The carrier has helped make adventuring with young kids so much easier. To help another family get out on more adventures we are giving away one of these awesome carriers. The closing date for entries ends on February 15th 2018 so don’t miss out.
Winter can be a challenging season for anyone. Add small kids to the mix and getting out can seem daunting if not impossible at times. Just like many aspects of life with kids making a routine can make it easier to get outside in the cold and snow. I’ll be honest, we aren’t hard core into routines but implementing a few outdoor focused routines has made getting outside easier on the parents (therefore easier on the kids).
Our favorite winter activity is skiing. Before we had kids we would be back-country touring every weekend or the spending the day at one of the many ski resorts around us. We are fortunate and enjoyed having many friends with the same passion for skiing as us so we were in total skiing bliss for years. Then our world changed and we were the first of our ski friends to have a kid. We were crazy excited to become parents but after our daughter was born we wondered how we were going to include the newest member of our family in our winter passion. Winter = skiing so we wanted to figure out how to make baby + winter = skiing (with everyone having fun).
Start them young…
We love to ski! It is safe to say it is our favorite activity and we have loved introducing our kids (now 2 and 4) to life at a ski hill. We want to pass along our top 6 tips to help introduce skiing or snowboarding to families.
Kids waiting their turn to hit the slopes
So you keep to going to lakes with your kids but they don’t know how to swim. How do you get them started? Here’s a step by step guide on how to introduce young children to swimming in lakes. Both of us were swim instructors, we believe swimming is an important skill for everyone and a fun way to spend time out doors.
These Kids Love Mountain Lakes and Only Know Cold Water
What’s more off-road than climbing? Maybe flying?! Climbing is so different from any activity I have tried. It pushes me to trust my strength and capability more than any sport. I find climbing addicting. We take our kids everywhere with us so making outdoor rock climbing a family affair was an easy decision. Taking young kids outdoors requires some preparation but is rewarding for everyone. One question I’m frequently asked is where to go climbing as a family, so I’ve compiled a list of 6 family-friendly climbing locations in the Canadian Rockies that are close to Calgary. Maps are included to make these areas a breeze to find!
“A day spent with you is my favorite day. So today is my new favorite day.” Winnie the Pooh
I didn’t start quoting Winnie the Pooh until we became parents. I love this quote and I love spending time as a family, it may not always be easy but it’s always worth it. To include our children in our outdoor pursuits we try to make the experiences enjoyable and appropriate for their abilities. One of these pursuits is rock climbing so to get our daughter involved we bought her a climbing harness and shoes when she was three. There are lots of safe and fun ways to include kids in climbing. Getting the right gear has been a big part of making the experience fun.
Geared Up and Ready to Climb
Kids seem to naturally climb everything; stairs, chairs, railings, fences, trees, and the list goes on. There is something universally fun and natural about climbing. Playgrounds wouldn’t be so popular if climbing stuff wasn’t fun!
3 year old rockin’ out
“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” ― Yvon Chouinard, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman
My husband and I started climbing in our 20’s and quickly developed a love for it. We are fortunate to have a close group of friends both with kids and without that enjoying climbing together. Most of the group has been climbing together for years and having kids has not stopped their dedication and enjoyment of the sport. Climbing with young kids is a challenge and as the old probverb says “it takes a village”, but if you can find your village, climbing with kids is an adventure worth pursuing.
Family climbing adventures
Adventuring with kids can look different everyday. We enjoy getting to remote back-country places but we also enjoy slow days at home. No matter where we end up playing we spend a large amount of time outside. We don’t incorporate structured play in all of our adventures but we try to have games to pull out for the kids if needed. They are also fun to share with new friends when camping. These games can keep a whole group of different aged kids engaged and working together.
Below are 3 easy games to engage kids in the nature. The games offer an opportunity to talk to kids about what they observe around them. Pull them out next time you are hiking or camping.
Kids love exploring nature and scavenger hunts provide an element of excitement