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Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Forest Outings with Kids

Treetop fun in the forest with Go Ape!Treetop fun in the forest with Go Ape!

Here at TaketheFamily, we love nothing better than a day in the woods with the kids. It’s a great way of getting out and about in the great outdoors while giving children things to see and do – ‘What’s inside this tree trunk?’, ‘What’s under that log?’, ‘Can I can climb this tree?’. We’ve put our heads together to share our favourite ways of enjoying Britain’s many wonderful woods and forests with kids.

• Walk! It’s simple and free - what’s not to like? And your local forest setting will change and evolve with the seasons - think bluebells in spring and pine cones and gorgeous colours in autumn - so no matter how often you go, it will always have something new. 

• Be a little (or a big) monkey at one of 29 Go Ape! treetop adventure courses around the UK, all of them suited to ages 10+ (a minimum height of 1.4m) but some also offering junior courses for ages 4+ (height: 1m or up). A great family day out, they encourage kids and adults alike to challenge themselves while getting out in the fresh air.

Cycle - some UK forests have bike-hire centres, or take your own. Sustrans is a great source of info on child-friendly cycle routes and locations. Alternatively, if you are age 10+ (over 7 stone), Go Ape has Segways (all-terrain electric scooters) at some of its centres.

• Take along some kit to help children investigate the forest - magnifying glasses or bug pots with magnifying lids, plus binoculars and a compass.

• If you’re going to be out for a whole day, think about activities to provide focal points when energy flags a little - the likes of leaf rubbing, spotting animal tracks and identifying animal sounds, and creating landscape art.

• Initiate a blindfolded walk in the forest, encouraging kids to get up-close and personal with nature using their sense of touch and sound alone.

Collect wild treasure to bring home and remind kids of what a brilliant time they had outdoors.

• Take a picnic in a backpack - then you won’t have to cut your day short when hunger strikes. 

• Take plenty of water, sunscreen and a basic First Aid kit or at least some plasters.

• Try not to overparent - getting muddy and suffering a few scrapes and bruises is all part of the point of running wild outdoors.

Read more about Go Ape! treetop adventure courses.

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