Outdoor Activities for Kids

A Treasure Hunt and Hike

I love the Fall. The leaves, the chill in the air, I love it all. I recently spent a few days with my mother up in the Berkshires and went for some breathtaking hikes. Even though it was past peak leaf-viewing time, I enjoyed every moment hiking in the woods.

Mud Runs for Kids

Two of my kids celebrate their birthdays in July. This translates into having to be organized and creative twice during the summer. From my perspective, outdoor parties are the only option.

What’s With All the Beach Closures?

It has been a very hot and humid summer in the Northeast. Heading to the beach to cool off has been high on our list of things to do, but several times we have arrived only to find the beach closed. Why? Because the bacteria levels in the water exceeded public health standards. Or, put… read more…

Turn Berries Into Paint

Summer is all about berry eating in our house. Whether we are buying raspberries or strawberries at the farmers’ market or blueberries from a Pick-Your-Own spot down the road, many berries enter our home and get devoured quickly. Last weekend, my daughter and I decided use some extra blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries to make our own watercolors.

Five Great Summer Farm Camps Across the Country

When the sun is shining, birds are chirping and the flowers are blooming, I always start questioning my choice to live on a 15th-floor New York City apartment. And I am not alone. I was talking to a group of urban mothers about summer plans for our kids, and I noticed a theme: Everyone wanted… read more…

Making the Farmers’ Market Exciting for Kids

After all the rain we have been having in New York lately, I jumped at the chance to hit the Union Square Green Market with my kids on a sunny Saturday morning. It would be a perfect way to spend a weekend morning: getting to know our local farmers and shopping for local, healthy foods…. read more…

Family Outing at the Foundry

The weather is finally getting warmer and the days longer. Time to spend more time outside with the kids. We love the park. But I’m in the mood to plan a real adventure for the whole family. I was excited to learn about New York Heritage Weekend—a celebration with special events at heritage destinations across… read more…

Actually Plant A Tree This Arbor Day

The first line of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree has always stuck in my mind. “Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.” Whether the complete book is a simple story or a more complex message about mothers giving too much, I can’t be sure. But what I love about the beginning of… read more…

Farmers’ Markets Everywhere

Eco-Vacations

The end of winter is in sight. Dreams of warm weather are dancing in my head. Time to plan a vacation. I have never done an eco-trip before, so I thought it was high time to look into some options for a vacation that will not only rejuvenate my family, but also help the environment…. read more…

Bird Friendly

It’s cold outside, it’s the middle of February, and our feathered friends need our help to make it through the last few weeks (hopefully) of winter. Here is a simple activity that will get your kids outside, exploring nature and ultimately helping the birds get some food. Go on a scavenger hunt and pick up… read more…

A Kid-Friendly Project for the Birds

Photo courtesy of Fun in the Making It’s cold outside, and our feathered friends need our help to make it through the winter months. Here is a simple activity that will get your kids outside exploring nature and helping the birds. Go on a scavenger hunt and pick up fallen pinecones (or any kind of… read more…

Hop On the Walking School Bus

I am always looking for ways to get my kids outside to run around, blow off some steam, and get fresh air. But sometimes that is easier said than done—from busy school schedules to homework, our time is always scarce. Plus, we live in New York City in an apartment with no backyard, so spending… read more…

Trip to the Farmer’s Market

I would love to show you a picture of the yummy cherry tomatoes that I picked up Saturday at the Union Square farmer’s market in New York City with my kids. But we ate them all up before I had a chance to snap a photo. And I would love to show you a picture… read more…

Fall Hiking

According to a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average American child spends up to six hours a day staring at some kind of electronic screen and as little as four to seven minutes in unstructured outdoor play. These trends have been blamed for doubling childhood obesity in the past 20 years and adding… read more…

Kids’ Fall Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

I love September. The trees start to change. There is a chill in the air. But most of all, we have a lull on the weekends before my kids’ all-consuming ice hockey season begins in October. So I grabbed the opportunity this Sunday to get my family outside and spend a little time exploring nature…. read more…

Leaving NYC for a mountaintop experience

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, makes a compelling argument that children aren’t spending enough unstructured time in nature He claims our kids are so plugged into television and video games that they are no longer in touch with the outdoors. This in turn contributes… read more…

Welcome to “Planting Seeds”

My grandmother, Franny Reese, told us the story of her summer trips to Canada more than once: how she camped out with her family (even when it rained), cooked over a campfire, swam in the river and looked at the stars. I usually rolled my eyes and pretended that I wasn’t listening, but something must… read more…

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