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Get Outdoors this Summer – Short Hiking Adventures with Toddlers

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Are your kids out of school for the summer?  Are you already breaking into a cold sweat trying to figure out what in the world you are going to do to keep them entertained…without spending bucket loads of money?

Don’t stay cooped up inside, get them moving outdoors.  I know the time always seems to pass so much faster when we go outside to play as apposed to spending the day lying around the house.

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Just today the kids and I went for short hike around the property.  We packed a picnic {just some quick items I could toss in a cold bag and into the backpack – yogurt, sandwiches, juice boxes}.  We also took along a deck of scavenger hunt cards, some bug collecting devices, binoculars, and plenty of water. We hiked down to a little creek and spread out a blanket I brought along to enjoy our lunch.  After our lunch the kids took off their shoes and socks and waded into the cold water.


It took Judah a little bit to rustle up the courage to dunk his feet in and Eliana never quite warmed up to the idea.  Once Judah got in he enjoyed it and Eliana was happy just watching Judah. ;)

We dried our feet off and put our shoes back on and then did a quick look around for some “fossils.”  {Judah never misses a moment to look for fossils and dinosaur bones. LOL}.  By the end of the hike Eliana was pooped.  I ended up toting her back a bit. Then, we came home, showered off and the two of them conked out.

That’s another benefit of getting outside to play… the kids are much more tuckered out and won’t fight you to take a nap or go to bed at night. :)

If you don’t have the benefit of having a state park literally in your back yard, no worries.  You can have this same type of adventure with your littles.  All you need to do is locate a good state or national park in your area.  There a so many good ones and each one has something different to offer.  Some even have paved trails and waterfalls!

Here are two useful websites that can help you find a local park in your neck of the woods: Discover the Forrest and America’s Parks. Throw together a quick picnic or do like me…I’ve been known to stop en route at Walmart and pick up an impromptu picnic like cut melon {they are part of the clean 15 so you don’t have to worry about buying organic}, peanut butter and crackers, individual cups of organic yogurt, and cubes of cheese.  All these things make up a balanced meal and the kids are thrilled with a spread like this!

Don’t stay cooped up…get outside and take a hike!  It is a great way to spend an afternoon without blowing a week’s paycheck.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I’m a participant in the Walmart Moms Program. Walmart has provided me with a product sample and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. Participation in this program is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

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