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Share your ideas for family adventures and getting your DCs active this summer with Route 125 and Toyota RAV4 - £200 voucher to be won NOW CLOSED

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Jul-13 15:52:43

To celebrate National Geographic's 125th anniversary, Toyota have partnered with them to create Route 125. Here's what Toyota says about the initiative "Route 125 is the ultimate family guide to exciting activities, days out and places to explore all over the UK. Route 125 will follow National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dan Raven-Ellison and his 10 year-old son Seb as they travel the length of the UK in a Toyota RAV4 (after school and on weekends/holidays) completing 125 adventures throughout the year.
These range from delightful little discoveries to adrenalin pumping escapades, things you might never have thought of doing, far afield or close to home. There's an adventure for every family. Toyota is challenging families throughout the UK to get involved, get outdoors and get adventurous!"

With this in mind, the Route 125 team at Toyota would like to know what adventures Mumsnetters get up to with their DCs to encourage them to get outdoors. So please tell us your favourite places for family activities / adventures in your local area or even further afield, and inspire other MN families to get involved!
We'd also love you to upload any images to this thread you may have of your DCs getting involved in a family adventure or even just enjoying the outdoors.

Whatever your thoughts on adventures for the whole family, please share them on this thread. Everyone who adds their comments will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a £200 Love2Shop voucher. Please note, your comments and photos may be used on Toyota's pages on MN and possibly elsewhere.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

PS you can find out more about the Route 125 and follow Dan and Seb on their adventures across the UK by reading their blog or with #Route125 on Twitter.

maximum4 Wed 17-Jul-13 23:51:12

We go geocaching www.geocaching.com/ with friends. Generally it means we end up visiting new local places that we were totally unaware of. Modern day treasure hunting! Free and fun!

PeterParkerSays Thu 18-Jul-13 08:56:43

DS is 3 so any new outdoor experience is an adventure for him, particularly if yoy don't tell him where you're going in advance. We've recently been to a pick your own fruit farm, which he loved and ate is own weight in raspberries, and a steam rally and we're going camping next month which he's never done before. He discovered this morning that the tent won't have a TV confused.

Agree with manfalou about Clumber park and Rufford Hall which are fab - woodland always makes a good adventure. We have a small wood near us with a stream through it, so recently spent an afternoon there, having a picnic on the banks of the stream, padding up the stream in the cold water and adventuring around the woods, pretending to be pirates.

A real "creating memories" afternoon but so easy to do.

al88 Thu 18-Jul-13 11:34:28

We go Geocaching, usually with a picnic. We've discovered some great local walks doing this, and wherever you are there is always a geocache nearby.
Also we were given National Trust membership for Christmas, and its probably the best present we've been given.
DDs like scooting too.

lolancurly Thu 18-Jul-13 12:34:55

Camp Building in The Woods! When the weather is hot, as it is now, then we often head off into some local woods and build camps from dead branches, bracken etc The family like this so much, that a couple of years ago, they actually decided that this would be my birthday treat! The great thing about it is that all the family can join in, from the smallest to the biggest (my burly husband). We don't wreck the woods, but just use what's lying around. The trees are a wonderful cooling canopy in hot weather and even if it rains, the trees protect you from getting too wet. Take a rug and a picnic and huddle together in you hand built wooden hut!
Sharon

janekirk Thu 18-Jul-13 15:13:46

Spot the animals on woodland walks, also build dens in the local woods.
Often take the train to countryside parks as there is usually so many things to do.

ratbagcatbag Thu 18-Jul-13 15:49:35

The best thing my stepson and his dad have done is go coasteering in Wales, they throw themselves off cliffs into whirlpools and waves and its all instructor led.

We all go walking and geocaching as a family, treasure hunts feel fab, although I think me and DH get more excited than said 15 year old step son.

Another awesome day out is battlefield live, like paintball but with laser guns, charging through the woods playing capture the flag, kill the hostage etc, two hours of mental lose yourself escapism.

Kveta Thu 18-Jul-13 20:47:04

My DC are both still very young, so to them, any outing is an adventure - DS even thinks visiting a charity shop armed with a 50p piece is an adventure grin

I have found that the best days are those with no clear plan - just going to a park with a picnic, and letting them run around. Days that are too planned tend to be a bit disappointing, as I think I get too excited about them and the reality is never quite so great.

DS (3.9) says his best day recently was the police station open day in our local police station - it was just a chance to amble round the station and see inside a police car, but for a small child it was fantastic! And it was free - bonus!

I'm looking forward to them being older though, so we can do more adventurous adventures, but for now, little local days out are perfect smile

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 18-Jul-13 22:00:49

We love geocaching. In this weather I've been trying to find ones in woods and then taking a picnic and tarpaulin then we build a den to have our lunch in!
Ds's walk far further when there's a cache at stake than without!

daisybrown Thu 18-Jul-13 22:11:11

Where possible let them use their bikes/skateboards/skates to save their poor little legs, so the kids tell me.

majjsu Thu 18-Jul-13 22:13:15

My little girl loves adventures, a good chunk are helped by make believe. The beach is great for shell collecting, searching for sea monsters and pirates. There are some great National Trust properties, Seaton Deleval Hall has dark cellars and my little girl loves turning the torch on and off; Gibside has a wonderful play area. Seven Stories is a childrens book museum, it has dressing up, crafts, lovely displays and so much fun.

elizaco Fri 19-Jul-13 06:47:38

My family love geocaching - basically a technical treasure hunt. Either download the app onto your phone or use a GPS device/geocaching.com website. We have found the girls are more keen to go on a family walk if there's something to aim for at the end. They love being the one to find the box and swap their "treasure". We have discovered many walks/footpaths which we never would have otherwise.

poppy1973 Fri 19-Jul-13 07:36:22

Well, we are quite fortunate to live on the edge of National Trust land which is a great excuse to get the children outside no matter what the weather is. I have a preschool and child in primary school - so try and get the children out as much as possible. If the weather is too hot then we go exploring in the woodlands - building dens, climbing trees etc. or we will go walking up the hillside and take kites to fly. If we want to go a little further in the car then we take the children's bikes and go off cycling and take a scooter for one of my children.

Love the holidays and try and get the children out as much as possible.

Cherryoats Fri 19-Jul-13 07:47:50

We love the beach and surfing/ body boarding, dd sits on the body board and gets pulled smile We are national trust members and have lots of days out exploring mansions and gardens. We hike a lot and put dd in a carrier, or she walks with us, we always seem to find amazing things. Just find a place on the ordinance survey map and off we go!
We cycle routes around the country whether long or short and dd comes on the back and loves it!
Our family loves adventures and spend a lot of time, camping and just being outside smile

Geocashing is on the to do list!

I like to make the most minimal of plans, just taking along a packed lunch/snacks, suitable clothing in case of the usual confused British weather, and let the children inspire the day's adventure.

It is often when you venture off the beaten track that the most fun is to be had - whether that involves impromptu den building in local woodland, or scavenging the seashore for tea time treats. There is nothing better than spending a day in the open air, then returning home with shellfish and tasty seaweeds to pop in a pan and enjoy for dinner smile

I always take spare clothes as activities can get messy, and the worst end to a day is a day that ends early due to clothes that are wet and children who are consequently miserable thanks to muddy puddles/stream splashing/rock pool misadventures.

finleypop Fri 19-Jul-13 12:29:26

Our favourite day out to the Crocky Trail in Chester. So much fun without even knowing that you are getting a pretty good work out (until the day after lol!!)
Climbing, shaky bridges, spiders nets, tunnels & slides, amazing fun!

lucyhome07 Fri 19-Jul-13 14:03:04

Explore attractions your local area, rather than schlepping miles across the country, everyone getting stressed about the traffic, the fighting children, who's turn it is on the DS...

Your children just want your time and attention; they'll be as happy playing and picnicking near to home as they will at a theme park- as long as you get involved!

lolancurly Fri 19-Jul-13 17:43:48

We love to go to Hastings old town; this is a lovely thrifty day out as in addition to the pebbly beach and sea, there are Fish and Chips for lunch! We love to scout round the junk shops and marvel at the weird and wonderful vintage stuff for sale. Best of all, we take a big bag of 2 pence coins and hit the arcades for an hour or so, seeing how many silly plastic toys we can win. You can shovel lots of 2 p's and still not spend much money! You can take a ride on the funicular railway that takes you up a cliff and look over the marvellous view and wander through George Street which is full of coffee shops and ice-cream parlours. And don't forget the crazy gold and pitch and putt! We have a tradition of going every News Years Day, and it certainly blows the cobwebs away. You can't beat throwing pebbles into the sea, with a bag of chips.

katslo77 Fri 19-Jul-13 18:13:17

We love anything outdoors so take every opportunity to get out and about! My kids love geocaching and the local forest has an orienteering course which gets a big thumbs up from them. Mine seem to like a good old fashioned scavenger hunt too - loads of fun, free and easy to create smile

LackaDAISYcal Fri 19-Jul-13 21:49:55

We are going to do some geocaching this summer. There are quite a few within walking distance of the house, and some further afield that will require a longer day out and maybe a few bus journeys or cycling to get to them.

We've seen a few interesting moths and butterflies recently as well, so are going to do a bug spotters guide, with photos and diagrams etc, so our adventures looking for the geocaches will give us the opportunity to hopefully find some varieties we haven't seen before.

We're also off to Staithes in N Yorkshire for two weeks, so will spend a lot of our time exporing the shoreline looking for more fossils to add to our growing collection, and we have booked into a National Trust event with a local artist where we will be combing the beach and then making artwork with the things we find. Really looking forward to that one! We'll also do a b it of tramping across the moors this time; we're going for two weeks instead of one, so will have more time to explore the moors and not just the coast.

DD, 6 and DS2, 4 are now both stabiliser free on their bikes, so hoping to get a bit of cycling in with them as well.

DS1 is 11 and off to high school in September, so I'm hoping he will be a bit more free ranging this summer and entertain himself!

Off to check out the Route 25 website now smile

pussinwellyboots Sat 20-Jul-13 05:37:02

We love being outdoors as a family.and life certainly runs more smoothly if our boys age 3 and 5 get lots of fresh air! Having the right clothes is a most and their waterproof puddle suits help us to enjoy being outside.
we love national trust properties but also paddling on rivers and going to find various farm animals on walks. Now both boys are on pedal bikes this is also becoming a form favourite.

pussinwellyboots Sat 20-Jul-13 05:45:14

Forgot to post a photo so here's a family bike ride.

Thevelveteenrabbit Sat 20-Jul-13 09:15:15

Hoping to get out and do some bike riding over the holidays as my twins have finally mastered two wheels. My eldest dd wants to do the Preston Guild Wheel - not sure if we will manage it all in 1 day but should get all the way round over the holidays.
We do a fair bit of walking in the Lake District - letting the girls lead the way/map read keeps them occupied - also cameras binoculars are good for rest stops! and plenty of snacks!

pipsicles Sat 20-Jul-13 21:22:48

I've always enjoyed the outdoors, but, I'm ashamed to say, only if I'm in the right mood! Rainy day romps in the wood are not always up my street. However, having an extremely energetic 2yo DS, I have been needing to just get over myself!

Given the current beautiful weather, we recently took DS to the seaside and he hasn't stopped talking about it since! He LOVED running in and out of the water and is all about swimming. We live in Surrey, so a fair distance from the beach. I can usually placate him with a park with a paddling pool, but yesterday we made a amazing little discovery - a beach in the middle of the countryside! Frensham Great Pond has a gorgeous little beach and (obviously) fresh water 'sea', so almost better than the actual beach! I believe that there are some beautiful walks in the area also, but I had no chance of exploring those yesterday! Also, loads of parking, which is free during the week and £3 at weekends. I'm desperate to take DH, but now the summer holidays are here, I'm almost certain it will be packed!

CheeryCherry Sat 20-Jul-13 22:54:09

We have a lot of amazing places here in Yorkshire. Ilkley moor is great for a ramble, as are Brimham Rocks. Paddling and picnics are fab at Knaresborough and Bolton Abbey. We also do a lot of walking around Hardcastle Craggs and Haworth moor.

We've done a 'hat dip' box this year in which we've written all the things we want to do and we pick out one a day, we've included things like Woodland Trust walks, gardening etc, so we do get a bit of exercise as well as some more exotic things 'throw mummy in a glider and make her fly it' (cheers kids) hmm

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