Gear

A Guide to Sea Kayaking with Kids

Brooke was giddy all morning. She was only 4 and we were heading out for a day-long sea kayaking tour of British Columbia’s Barkley Sound. I put her up front in a double, a nylon spray skirt with suspenders rainbowing over her life jacket to keep splashes at bay. No sooner than we put in … Read more →

Introducing the Piggyback Rider!

The Beatles can have their Paperback Writer. We’ll take the new Piggyback Rider. The kids pack, designed by brothers Wayne and Jonny Lifshitz of Full Sail International, lets kids stand instead of sit on your back, for quick on-and-off and higher vantage point. “There’s nothing like it on the consumer market today,” says Wayne Lifshitz, … Read more →

New GeoPalz Pedometers for Kids!

Now your kids have even more incentive to get outside. Thanks to a new company called GeoPalz and their new Kids Pedometer, your kids can track how far they’ve run, hiked or otherwise messed around outdoors, and convert their points into prizes. GeoPalz are pedometers and accelerometers designed for children ages five and older that … 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 →

Pedal Pioneers Produces Guide to Biking with Kids (Free for RecreatingwithKids.com Readers!)

Stuck like a tire in spring glop about how to begin organizing a bike trip for your brood? Now there’s help… Pedal Pioneers: A Guide to Bicycle Travel with Kids is the first-of-its-kind print guide on how to organize youth bike trips. Initially developed in 2006, and now tweaked to offer better advice than ever, … Read more →

BOB Recalls Certain Strollers

While BOB Trailers Inc. remains one of the best ways to wheel your brood outside, the Idaho company recently issued a voluntary recall on certain strollers. “It is with an abundance of caution that BOB has brought this matter to the attention of both the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada for proper … Read more →

Play Outdoors Debuts Family-Cycling Vid

Children’s outdoor retailer Play Outdoors is helping the wheels go round and round for parents trying to bike with their kids by releasing a full-length family cycling webisode on YouTube. The “how-to” video takes a humorous look at the trials and tribulations of one family’s quest to enjoy a two-wheeled adventure. Viewers can also enter … Read more →

Mountain Mama Wins Outdoor Inspiration Award

Want inspiration to get your kids outdoors? You’ll find it at Mountain Mama, a maternity clothing company founded by Teresa Delfin, which recently won the 2011 Outdoor Inspiration Award from the Outdoor Industry Association. “I began making plans for Mountain Mama in 2008 while I was pregnant, but I waited until my son, Fausto, turned … Read more →

Kid CEO: 13-Year-Old Launches New Line of Helmet Covers

The snowboard world might be filled with youth and vigor, but that’s nothing compared to Ryan Verbiest, 13, perhaps the snowsports industry’s youngest company founder. At age 12 Verbiest took a spill resulting in a concussion while snowboarding at Beaver Creek. While he was wearing a helmet at the time, he noticed that many other … Read more →

Mountain Boy Sledworks Revives a Kid Favorite

Ever try to turn a Flexible Flyer? Even with Arnold at the helm, it takes a Herculean force to miss that bush at the bottom of the hill. A tiny company out of Silverton, Colo., is changing all that with its new line of handmade, sustainable-wood Mountain Boy Sleds. Brice Hostin started the company out … Read more →