I’m a sucker for adventure. I love the thrill of visiting new places and the excitment of doing new things. Adventure doesn’t have to stop once you have a family. Quite the opposite in fact. Children tend to embrace adventure with open arms. As a family, we find many ways to be adventurous and I’m sharing some ideas below.
15 adventurous things to do with kids
1. Drive down a new street or take a different road home
If there is spare time on the way home from somewhere, the kids and I will often explore a new street. We’ve made many discoveries by doing this.
2. Go Geocaching
Geocaching combines the excitement of finding a new place and the thrill of hunting treasure. It brings together the perfect mix of technology and nature. It can be done any day, anytime and anywhere in the world. This adventure costs next to nothing and can take anywhere from 30 minutes or an entire day – you choose. It really is The Best Family Adventure. If you have a GPS, iPhone or GPS enabled smart phone, you MUST try it. Find more here: Geochaching — The Best Family Adventure.
3. Go outside when it’s night with a torch and explore
We recently went on a glow worm hunt which was a lot of fun, but even going outside your own home with a torch is exciting.
4. Find a hilly road to drive on
Okay, so this picture was taken on the steepest street in the world: Baldwin Street, Dunedin in New Zealand. But there are a lot of hilly roads to drive on everywhere, and kids think it’s awesome.
5. Visit a farm and pick your own fruit or vegetables
This fun activity is also educational, where children can learn where food comes from. If you’re visiting Queensland, the Strawberry Fields on the Sunshine Coast provide a fantastic family fun day.
6. Look at the stars or watch a sunset
It’s a simple thing to do. Going outside to look at the stars, or watching a sunset is a magical experience.
7. Have a sleep out in the family room
This doesn’t have to be for the entire night. Sometimes when we have the cousins over, they sleep in the lounge until later, when the parents carry the children to bed.
8. Find a new park out of town
Find a park you haven’t visited before. It might even become a family favourite.
9. Go hiking or bush walking
Even when our children were young, Blu and I went hiking and bush walking with them. If you invest in a good child backpack, it’s possible to do many bush walks with children.
10. Visit an airport
This is a favourite activity Dad likes to do with our kids. He simply drives out to our local airport, and from the car, the children watch the planes take off and land.
11. Catch or watch a train
Trains are a source of fascination for our children. We watch trains, ride on them, and even went on a steam train adventure.
12. Eat an early dinner outside
While I’m not necessarily recommending children should eat lying down (HA!) eating outside is a fun treat. My kids watched the clouds while eating chicken burgers. As a family, we’ve also eaten a picnic dinner at a park and done plenty of finger food nights.
13. Theme Day
Pick a theme and fill a day with as many themed things as you can. For example, you may like to find all your toy dinosaurs, visit a museum, read a dinosaur book and even make dinosaur cupcakes.
14. Have a Family Quest
This can be anything like collecting shells, taking a picture at every “big” landmarks you come across (like the Big Pineapple or the Big Banana), or finding street names for every one in your family.
15. Family Holidays
Nothing says adventure like a family holiday. We plan one at least every year.