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Soccer’s Shining Stars: World Cup Mania aside, what this growing sport can do for your kids

(By Suzi Mitchell) Soccer may have been around for centuries, but here in the US it’s a relatively new phenomenon. And it’s getting more kids outside than ever before… The game’s origins are unclear but it’s widely believed the first official match was played in 1863 on English soil before gathering global popularity becoming an … Read more →


National Park Service and Boys & Girls Clubs Merge Youth Outreach Efforts

Like rivers joining forces, two groups involved with getting kids outside have teamed up combine forces as well. As part of the Department of the Interior’s ambitious youth initiative to engage and employ the next generation through America’s great outdoors, the National Park Service and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America today announced they … Read more →

On Route: Stella Noble on the Diamond's Casual Route

Great Outdoors America Week Wraps up June 26

The end of June marked the annual Great Outdoors America Week, where, while kids and parents countrywide descended upon our great outdoors, hundreds of advocates descended upon Washington, DC, to remind the nation’s leaders of the importance of getting outside as well. As part of the revelry, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) hosted its … Read more →


McNett Donates Gear to Help Get Kids Outdoors

Kids wanting to get outside just got a boost from outdoor gear manufacturer McNett, which recently donated $4,000 in equipment to the North Cascades Institute’s gear locker as a part of its Take a Kid Outside initiative. The gear will help get kids outdoors through youth programs like Mountain School and Youth Leadership Adventures, which … 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 →