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TOP 10 WAYS TO SPEND A WINTERS DAY 1. Get the kiddos and Fido off the couch and outside for a little athletic craziness. Set up an obstacle course of tunnels, jumps and challenges then see who can outrun the dog. 2. Head for the hills, forest or park for a winter picnic. Pack a … Read more →


Nature Activity: The Fallen Log

We came across this activity through Project Learning Tree, and thought it was too good not to share. Turn a Fall walk into something really meaningful for younger hikers. It’s amazing how many things live in and on rotting logs. In this activity, kids will become familiar with some of those organisms by observing fallen … Read more →



5 REASONS TO ENROLL YOUR KIDS IN GYMNASTICS What is it about Old Man Winter that tends to drive our kids indoors and turn them into couch potatoes? Falling temperatures and shorter daylight hours may be the culprit, but some of the best sports don’t require warm outdoor conditions. Gymnastics offers some of the greatest … Read more →

This water's my land! This water's your land...

Interior Department, The North Face Remake “This Land is Your Land” to Get Kids Outside

Nothing against folk singer Woody Guthrie, but the Interior Department and The North Face are remaking one of his landmark songs to help entice families to get outside on land… The remake of Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” by My Morning Jacket is being made drive donations benefiting 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), … Read more →

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Matt Takes the Family to Joshua Tree (Part I)

For the last three years, we’ve been remodeling our humble abode in Hollywood. Well, New Year’s came and my resolution was to have an outdoor life again — no more saving for the house, no more working on the house, just fun. Since we haven’t taken a vacation for the last five years, I granted … Read more →


A Mindful Life Approach to Getting Your Kids Outdoors

(By Kirsten Race, Mindful Life) The other morning I was on a hike with my daughter. It was a perfect setting, yet my daughter could not stop complaining that she was too tired to walk “all the way to the pond” and she might get stung by a bee and she had pebbles in her … Read more →


Building a Camping Hot Tub 101!

Whether it’s the long, cold, dark winters, high-latitude ingenuity or perhaps a few too many ions slipping through the aurora borealis-filled atmosphere, parents up in Alaska are a bit more creative — and perhaps, whacky — than most. And they have to be, what with three seasons: winter, June, July and August. Case in point: … Read more →

Turning Tykes: Casey, Ella and Jojo catching a lift.

Steamboat Powdercats Family Kids Powder Pups Adventure

Who says kids skiing has to be confined to chairlifts at resorts? Certainly not Steamboat Powder Cats, which recently ran its first ever kids cat skiing trip atop Buff Pass in Steamboat Springs, Co. Joining our two daughters, Casey, 7, and Brooke, 12, piling in snowcat named “Tigger” were five other kids aged 2-7, all … Read more →