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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.

MalcolmTuckerSwearsBy Sun 21-Jul-13 11:29:28

Spontaneity is the key - last week it was too hot to sleep so at half ten at night we dug out DS's festival tent and my DD and I slept in the garden. Hd we pre-planned ut DD aged 16 woud have hated the idea, instead she loved it.

MalcolmTuckerSwearsBy Sun 21-Jul-13 11:31:34

I'm a try anything type when in holiday seem frumpy and staid at home though grin

I amazed myself when I did this recently, and also tried archery, took up swimming lessons and am desperate to try wild camping

SarahAndFuck Mon 22-Jul-13 13:38:34

This summer holidays we are having 'Park Fridays' with a group of friends we met when the boys were babies and are now all four years old.

The idea being that we meet at a local park, convenient for everyone to get to, with a picnic and bring a selection of activities to do, as well as just let the boys run around and enjoy the playground.

Everyone has to bring something along to do, even if it's just the idea for a game we can play without equipment (British Bulldogs etc), or something that's just fun to have along (like a tent).

So this first Friday we will be taking space hoppers and water guns. I think someone else said they might bring a tent and another said they would bring a set of boules.

And I've had DS working on a treasure hunt for next week, cutting out pictures of things to find in the park and sticking them onto sheets I can laminate, so the boys can tick them off as they find them.

It's a nice way to meet up with friends we don't get to see all the time normally, and it should mix things up a bit so there's something fun and different to do every week.

We're even planning to meet at a different part of the park every week to keep the location interesting.

We are lucky, we live opposite a wood so we can go on bear hunt walks and attend the special events for children days they have at the visitors centre, and we've checked what's on at the local museum etc as well.

SarahAndFuck Mon 22-Jul-13 13:42:07

We've also got a couple of camping trips in mind.

And DS loves the beach. We've had some amazing days at Danes Dyke with just buckets and fishing nets to explore the rock pools with, or going on the beach at Bridlington, Scarborough or Cleethorpes and hunting for crabs, collecting unusual rocks and shells, building sandcastles or drawing things like hopscotch grids and race tracks in the firmer sand.

We usually attract a small group of children to join in.

lucifee Mon 22-Jul-13 16:46:59

We live right next to the woods so my 2 and 6 year olds both love to go for long walks, especially as they are owned by the MOD and the Sandhurst military academy train there so my boys always hunt for bullet casings and play spot the soldiers in camo gear hiding all over the place!

bakingcakes Tue 23-Jul-13 12:47:43

DD is into mini beasts - armed with a Sherlock Holmes style magnifying glass, plastic tub and fishing net we go pond dipping and spy all the amazing creatures. Water boatmen , newts, leeches - you name it... Waiting in the weeds to be discovered. Hours of fun drawing them when we get home too. Snibston in Liecestershire is a nature park with lots of ponds perfect for little dippers!

Snog Sat 27-Jul-13 08:48:42

We are doing a staycation and will be cycling to get places and enjoy the delights of our home city!
Punting and swimming in the river are featuring big this summer.

hammyhunter Sat 27-Jul-13 12:14:16

We love going for walks around the Forest of Dean

hammyhunter Sat 27-Jul-13 12:15:09

We love splashing in muddy puddles!

hammyhunter Sat 27-Jul-13 12:24:09

we love exploring the Countryside!

manfalou Tue 03-Sep-13 21:07:34

We love to go to the local country parks, forests etc... here's our eldest on his Balance bike at Sherwood Forest just after seeing 'the big tree' ... he loves exploring the woodlands too and was on the lookout for elephants in the bushes and owls in the trees =D

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 12-Sep-13 09:35:30

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