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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,


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.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 16-Jul-13 09:09:35

Luckily for us, our children are self-sufficient when it comes to play so there's no need for us to try to jazz it up with themes etc <phew>. They get annoyed with me if I'm in the garden with them and overhear their games smile. At this time of year they're outside at every opportunity. An adventure for them is being sent to the corner shop for bread grin.

One of their favourite days out is to the adventure playground at Chatsworth. It keeps them amused for hours so is really good value for money.

supergreenuk Tue 16-Jul-13 09:30:55

Burghley house is great. We visited yesterday in fact. We haven't been in the house but The Garden of Surprises and Sculpture Garden is lovely. The garden of surprises has many fountains and interesting areas to explore and you can take there swimming stuff and they can get as wet as they like. The sculpture garden is lovely and peaceful and has plenty of shady trees to picnic under. The sculptures as scatter around the large grounds in dips and under trees and the children spend time trying to find them. Then the coffee shop has lovely ice cream to finish the day.

Chopstheduck Tue 16-Jul-13 09:35:23

We try to leave the car at home! We've found routes through the forest around us to get to places mostly avoiding the roads, and go for long bike rides, with picnics packed up. It doesn't need to be complicated - they love a good pine cone battle!

I also think that sometimes kids lack freedom these days, and now my youngest are 8, the kids don't always need structured activities - they love to pack up their own picnic and go off without me for a few hours.

ShatnersBassoon - I've heard of that adventure playground, you are lucky it being so close! We live MILES away but my oldest two have been with their year 6 residentials.

IncaAztec Tue 16-Jul-13 09:38:25

My little one and I love being active. The park, swimming - adventure playgrounds anything outdoors is great.

Staying home isn't an option with a nearly 2 year old so using a bike with a buggy trailor attached is a great activity for us all!

mrsclarke123 Tue 16-Jul-13 10:53:43

I have an 11 month old and his favourite adventure is going on the swings (that, or putting his hands all over the tv which I'm not sure really counts)
But I think the thing to remember is that really, to a small child at least, everything can be an adventure!

iwantavuvezela Tue 16-Jul-13 11:09:16

Adventures for us as a family include going camping ... choosing a beautiful spot, enjoying cooking outdoors, walking and just been outside for a period of time.
Other options, are walking though forests; or our nearby cemetary which is lvoely and overgrown and full of "minibeasts".
Further afield, we have been on a safari in Africa which is the ultimate "adventure". Been around wild animals, and seeing them in their natural habitat is for me an all time best adventure. I have a strong desire to make sure my daughter has a link to nature, and in doing that we try to be outdoors, or visit beautiful spots in England where possible.

dahville Tue 16-Jul-13 11:14:02

We like searching for dinosaur footprints along the UK coastline - our local place to look is The Bendricks in South Wales. It certainly gets the imagination going!

Witchesbrewandbiscuits Tue 16-Jul-13 12:11:09

national trust membership is a must. you can be outdoors everyday with one of those and it doesnt matter if its raining.

trips to the river, seaside, park etc are also high on the list with picnic in tow.

free events such as scarecrow festivals go down well.

swimming is a good one too.

when all the above have been exhausted, purchasing online tickets for days out are a must. farms, theme parks etc. booked online will save at least 10%

GladbagsGold Tue 16-Jul-13 13:07:49

DC do lots of outdoor stuff, camping, cycling etc. Their fave adventure so far has to be climbing up Goat Rock in Devon (don't ask me it's real name!!) - getting to the top, feeling the wind and looking way down at the sea, waves crashing into the rocks, just us, some goats and a lot of goat poo!

DoubleMum Tue 16-Jul-13 13:15:29

I would love to take my DCs on the drive to Skye from Aberdeen, every corner with an even more amazing view than the last. One for the future perhaps.

NettleTea Tue 16-Jul-13 13:47:22

we run Forest school and other activities at our farm, so our kids are often involved in all sorts of stuff like that. In addition bike riding, horse riding and general exploring. we also like eating outside and picnicing in different places

hermancakedestroyer Tue 16-Jul-13 14:31:03

I like to get outdoors with my DCs as often as possible. We enjoy walks in the wood, days on the beach, participating in go ape, picnics, swimming in the sea, playing football, camping in fact anything we can do to get out in the fresh air!

Babycarmen Tue 16-Jul-13 19:42:33

Today we went to see a local attraction, Duffus Castle. It is great for kids to run about and explore and learn a little about history too which is fab!

mrscumberbatch Tue 16-Jul-13 19:48:17

We like going to the beach and poking around the rockpools, going to local country parks and making dens in the bushes!

At home, we've been doing lots and lots of gardening and learning about bugs and beasties. DD is enthralled grin

There's always plenty of friends over in summer and the kids are all knackered by the end of the day.

Here's a picture of DD in her 'den'.

aristocat Tue 16-Jul-13 20:22:11

My two DCs love cycling and go as much as possible with DH, we have a tracker app which shows their route for the day and they love seeing this.

We also love going to the seaside, boating on the river, long walks, trips to the local farm and National Trust visits are a fave too. DS has just returned from his school residential at the Pioneer centre and he loved it. A new favourite is Archery.

Merlin membership is good too, in 2012 we visited either Alton Towers or Warwick Castle every weekend grin It didn't matter if the Park was busy because we just went again the following week!

Will go check the Route125.

Picture is from a day out at Brixham ..... we were waiting for a boat.

NowWhatIsit Tue 16-Jul-13 20:37:09

This is such a great thread.
We have had brilliant holidays in the New Forest cycling with kids 8,6,2 (in buggy thing at back) but I am nervous about them cycling on roads & find it really hard to find places to take them, or circular routes. We live in NW London, if anyone can recommend places or cycle activities/club for kids nearby, or good places for weekend, would love to hear.

Also love to walk to 'big things' - seems to appeal to boys - like Agglestone rock in Dorset, or cow & calf in Yorkshire..

Hopezibah Tue 16-Jul-13 20:49:03

Things we have tried recently and found to be fantastic adventures (wish we had done them sooner) are:

Powerboating on the Thames (suitable for absolutely all ages even babies can go along - yet it is a thrilling and fun ride!),

Go Ape (junior course at certain locations for age 6 and over),

Walking tours (we did a murder mystery one in London - great fun and educational)

Body Boarding - even my 15 month old joined in - being pulled along by daddy.

Lots of parks and playgrounds can be great for adventures, as well as exploring the countryside, forest and coast - Geocaching is next on our to do list too!

GetKnitted Tue 16-Jul-13 21:06:59

Geocacheing is great outdoor fun with a huge element of adventure. and now that your smartphone has gps, no special equipment needed!

Yonilovesboni Wed 17-Jul-13 07:25:09

Our favourite days outs have been created by the DC simply saying 'I'm bored'!
I make everyone a backpack with lunch and drinks, we then walk to a lot of the different villages in the area searching out new parks, streams and woods. We take a little jar incase they find any interesting creepy crawlys on the way. We often stop off. At the local pub on the way home, which keeps me and DP entertained while the children play on the last climbing frame.
I have also been known to get the DC to draw a map off where we have been in great detail while I have a afternoon snooze when we get back!shockwinkgrin

lorisparkle Wed 17-Jul-13 11:19:25

My DS love going to castles - old ruined ones in particular. We have National Trust membership and English Heritage membership so have fantastic free days out exploring and pretending to be knights!

Arcticwaffle Wed 17-Jul-13 15:20:39

One of our favourite family "adventures" is to go camping wild on Dartmoor, we've done this since the youngest dc was 4. We pack up backpacks and then we walk into Dartmoor, for a mile or two, and camp by a stream, put up the tents, make a campfire (depending where we are), and spend the night totally away from other people. We've done this once or twice a summer for the last few years. It feels like a "proper" adventure, these days the dc think camping in a campsite is a bit tame.

angielou791417 Wed 17-Jul-13 16:08:04

Hi I have four chilren and also am a childminder so have to have a whole summer of adventure planned!! We have theme weeks and build around that and also have many other activities planned. I'm bit old school and have a small budget but the kids love all the simple things we did as children--- we make raincatchers from half a pop bottle with food colouring in we make birds nests with mud and straw we go into the fields with blankets and string and build shelters and make massive art projscts from ceral boxes bottle tops and string. The best plan we have this year is to meet other childminders and friends at a local park and fields every tuesday when we would usually be at toddler group. We are setting up our own playtime group we will all take tols tents balls bubbles hoops tunnels and picnics and will play games have a sports day and generally have fun x if anyone interested in the themes and activities linked to them inbox me and I will send you some ideas x. Have a lovley summer everyone x

unadulterateddad Wed 17-Jul-13 17:07:04

Anything outdoors makes my DS smile and leap off the sofa, whether it's making bows and arrows and spears to hunt dragons in the woods or hunting mini-beasts in the wetlands with the dog (who usually manages to inhale anything interesting).

If it involves getting dirty, wet or exploring something new, then he is in.

manfalou Wed 17-Jul-13 18:18:10

We're really lucky that we have SO many places to explore around us and each place offers a variety of adventures to be had!

At Chatsworth our eldest can paddle in the river, track down the sheep and deer and get muddy in the muddy puddle (peppa pig style!)

At Rufford park theres a play area, lake and abby to wonder around... it great for all the family!

We also have carsington water near by which again offers some water based adventures. And Rother Valley country park.

We're about 40 minutes away from Sherwood forest... the home of Robin hoods tree! So when we go there DS dresses up and Robin returns from the dead for the day! He loves it!

Sherwood pines offers numerous trails to follow which are all bike friendly and you can hire bikes there too, its pretty flat so great for pushchairs... we often collect pine cones to paint and decorate when we get home.

The local woods has blackberry bushes galore so we collect those to make some crumbles! ( give to grandma to make crumbles anyway)

Clumber park is near by, again with a river and grounds to wonder around.

Both me and my partner are scuba divers so water is a very important part of many of our adventures! We are trying to get DS to wear a mask and snorkel to join is a little bit... can't wait to do it with DS2 when he's older too!

ataraxia Wed 17-Jul-13 20:22:16

Living in a city on a budget, one way of getting to enjoy the outdoors is to look at a map and go to the tiny green spaces - they often turn out to be 'hidden' squares and parks with not many people in and space to relax or play

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