For a great way to have fun with your kids, get them outside and physically active this summer try Geocaching, Letterboxing, Questing and Organized Treasure Hunts. These outings are great for all ages that you can do anytime and anywhere. When you complete it you may get a prize or learn something, and, best of all, your kids will not know they are exercising their bodies and brains!
Questing is a game-like adventure played across a community or geographic place. Clues have a starting point that lead to various sealed boxes in a specific order to be found until you reach the final prize. Participants work as a team to gather these hidden clues as they meaningfully connect with both familiar and unfamiliar places engaging in activities that hone their senses and invite deeper looking and thinking.
Here are FREE local, kid friendly quests to get you started:
Muir Woods Quest is perfect for any child learning to count to 20 and ABC's while discovering the magic of this beautiful redwood forest. My 9 year old loved doing it with her 5 year old friend. Make a left at the first bridge to start. If you forget your copy, ask for the “Redwood Discovery” guide.
Crissy Field Mystery Trail Challenge, is a history mystery unlocking the military, natural and cultural history of Crissy Field. Pick up a free copy of the “Mystery Trail Challenge” at the Warming Hut.
The Presidio in San Francisco offers a wide variety of self-guided programs, quest adventures, geocaches and more.
Nature Treasure Hunt is a great way to help your kids connect to nature and you do not have to travel far.
Companies that offer treasure hunts:
Mastermind Hunts, have created some great hunts where you solve a series of fun and slightly more challenging clues as you find your way to often overlooked spots. Golden Gate Bridge and Pier 39 are two free samples to check out. Other hunt are available for purchase on their website.
These real life adventures are a great way to inspire future stewards of the world to discover new places, new activities and/or the history of the area you are exploring all while building fun memories your family will never forget. Get out and create your own adventures; the fun literally awaits just outside your door.