Winter Adventures to Get Kids Excited about the Outdoors

Every good parent wants
their kids to be as happy and healthy as possible, and we all know the terrible
cost that a sedentary lifestyle can inflict
later on in life. We want
to encourage our kids to be active and play outside, but with the onset of
winter weather, it’s often
difficult to achieve. Indeed even
if we feel it would be better for them, we may feel reluctant to press the
point, and perhaps also doubt the wisdom of doing so out of misplaced fear that
the child could become ill. 

This, the aversion
to playing in the snow is a relatively
modern phenomenon. As we can see
from Bill Watterson’s excellent depiction in Calvin and Hobbes, playing in the snow has
traditionally been one of the great joys of
childhood. Snow was
something we looked forward to with anticipation, and its falling was always met with excitement and joy. Not so for the youth of this
generation as they get older.

That may have a lot to do with the way life has changed. Suddenly everything has to be practical and have a point to it. Kids are too busy to skip and frolic in the snow aimlessly. It’s a waste of valuable time
when they could be inside checking Facebook and Twitter, or playing the latest video games. But it’s not a lost battle…
kids can still be woken up to the magic of winter if we provide the right
catalyst, which may just be one of the
items in the following list: 

Go up a mountain


When it comes to fun, flat snow has nowhere near the potential of steeply sloping snow. Gravity is what makes snow fun. Unless
there’s an avalanche, in which case it
is no fun at all. Just
stay away from those and you’ll have a great time.

Explore a cave

Technically, if you’re in a cave, you’re
probably not outdoors, but it
doesn’t really matter. At least
they’re not in the house and there is no
phone reception in a cave. Visiting
caves is always educational and winter is a great time to do it as there won’t
be hordes of tourists
cluttering up the place. If the
kids happen to find a bear in the cave and somehow wake it up, they’ll get that
much needed aerobic exercise and a winter adventure
they’ll never forget – if they survive of course! 

Ride a bike

Hardly anybody does it, but
winter is an excellent time to go
for a bike ride. Everything
looks so different that it’s like
being on another planet. If your kids
are inclined to say that bikes are for nerds, deck the bike out with cool
accessories like the Continental gatorskin folding tyre, which will make it seem awesome
enough that they’ll forget to maintain their attitude. 

Go to Iceland

Well if you are going to do
winter, you might as well go all the way with
it and travel to Iceland. Reykjavik
is amazing at any time of the year, but winter is when its true glory really
shines,
literally! It’s dark,
mysterious, and beautiful. Witness
the awe-inspiring miracle of nature known as the Northern Lights from their
true source of origin, and enjoy the man-made spectacle of the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival. Then
party all night at the
apparently endless music and
dance festivals. The kids will
pick up culture, education, and something way cooler to talk about when they get
home than any of their friends will have. 

Winter doesn’t have to be a boring,
sedentary
confinement to the indoors. There
are plenty of adventures beckoning you if you give them a chance.

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