Gear

A River Trip Through a 12-year-old’s Eyes (Sponsored by Down River Equipment)

Want to know just how special a river trip can be for a kid? Read on for a first-person account (complete with illustrations) of a trip with her family, put together by her father Andrew, down the Green River by 12-year-old Sarah Halperin… Getting There Today was mainly just sitting in the car. My sister … Read more →

Cast for a Win in New Fishing Camp Board Game

Board games don’t have to be bored games with your kids – especially with the new Fishing Camp board game from Education Outdoors, which sets the hook for fun via fishing-related trivia. While telling fish stories won’t help you win as you and your kids race around the board to be the first back to … Read more →

Hike with Tykes: New Book “Get Your Kids Hiking! Start them Young and Keep it Fun!” by Jeff Alt

Want your kids to enjoy hiking? Make it fun, says Jeff Alt, a renowned hiking expert and author of the new book “Get Your Kids Hiking! How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun.” Alt practices what he preaches. An avid hiker, in addition to walking the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail he also walked the … Read more →

Nat’l Endangered Species Day Youth Art Winners Announced

Want to help sane endangered species? Get kids to draw pictures of them. That’s the goal of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Child Art Foundation, which recently announced the winners of the 2013 Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest — part … Read more →

Texas Outdoor Family Program a Big Hit in a Big State

Texas has always prided itself on being big. Now, thanks to Texas State Parks, it has big plans to help kids get outdoors by offering its Texas Outdoor Family program throughout the summer, including its most recent Learn to Mountain Bike and Camp Like a Pro camps for kids… A few years ago staff at … Read more →

Kids Get Boost from Metolius in Calif.’s Youth Climbing League

Youth in California are getting a helping hand in their climbing endeavors thanks to the Northern California Youth Climbing League (YCL), sponsored this year by gear maker Metolius. “It’s important to us to foster the connection between young climbers and companies like Metolius, who give so much back to the climbing community,” says YCL Director … Read more →

Kids Take to Snowshoes, Cross-country Skis on 2013 Winter Trails Day

With free learn to snowshoe/cross country ski demo days held at 100 locations this year, the 18th Annual Winter Trails Day was considered a raging success, getting more kids out in the snow than ever before. “With good snow conditions in many areas of the country and a greater consumer interest in low impact exercise, … Read more →

Trips for Kids Rolling Strong

Trips for Kids International (TFK) is rolling strong, recently receiving $10,000 donation from long-time Trips for Kids advocate and Interbike Expo co-founder, Steve Ready. With these funds, Trips for Kids will continue to expand its reach across North America and worldwide to provide mountain bike outings, bicycle mechanics training and environmental education for low income, … Read more →

New Trends in Kids Performance Wear

With the annual Outdoor Retailer and Snowsports Industries America (SIA) tradeshows around the corner, our good friends at SNEWS (www.snewsnet.com) have prepared a review of new trends and products in kids performance wear for 2013…. “As more companies recognize opportunity in the junior market, kids’ outerwear is gets increasingly sophisticated and performance based, thanks to … Read more →

Snorkel Scootering with Maui UnderSea Adventures

Whether you call it motorized snorkeling, sea scooter snorkeling or DPV-assisted swimming, if you head out on these new contraptions snorkeling with your kids, prepare to call them late for dinner as well. They’ll have so much fun they’ll want to stay out in the water until the sea cucumbers come home. With the use … Read more →