10 Ways to #OptOutside With Little Ones

At Tiny Trees, we opt outside every day. Here are 10 ways to opt outside with us this Friday.

1. Find the right hike for your little ones via WTA. If your family is still at the dawdling stage, this is the list for you. These trails are perfect for kids under five accompanied by patient adults who are ready to experience nature through a child’s eyes.

Photo courtesy of Katrina Shelby.

2. Explore some of these Stroller Friendly Trails via WTA. Stroller friendly hiking trails exist all over the state, and the Washington Trails Association is here to help you find one that’s right for you and your family. Make it a tradition and sign up for the family hiking newsletters at WTA here.

3. Enjoy a forest walk without the drive in Seattle or the Eastside via ParentMap. Our great state has an abundance of trails and forest walks to explore right within city limits. Check out any of these accessible forest walks for families without the need for a car.

4. Discover a sensory playground for kids of all abilities via ParentMap. Head to a playground despite the rain. These playgrounds meet the needs of all children, regardless of ability. Explore various structures, sand pits, and musical melodies at these sensory playgrounds in your backyard.

5. Collect some leaves and other natural items and make salt dough impressions via The Imagination Tree. Combine art and nature with a fun craft to follow a nature hike to keep as a memory of your adventure.

Photo courtesy of Katrina Shelby.

6. Embrace the shorter days by playing outside in the dark via ParentMap. With night coming earlier and earlier, it’s time to pull out the glow sticks and flashlights and embrace the darkness. Come up with a new game, or try to stay quiet and listen for nocturnal animals.

7. Find some wintery scenes on a snowy hike via WTA. Seek out some snow with your kids and embrace the changing seasons. Spark some conversations about the water cycle! Check out this resource list to find out where to rent or buy snow gear before you head out on your journey.

8. Turn a hike into a family trip at one of these great camping spots via WTA. Take advantage of the long weekend and spend some more time outside with the family. WTA has you covered with camping checklists and tips for bringing the kids along for the ride.

9. Read a book then head outside to find places from the book via ParentMap. Head to the library and check out one of these book and then head outside to find some local spots to help the book come to life.

Photo courtesy of Katrina Shelby

10. Head to Toddler Tales and Trails at Seward Park. Head out on an adventure of reading and exploring the outdoors! Introduce your toddler to nature with story time in their upstairs classroom, then explore the trails in Seward Park! Walks are easy and less than one mile in length.

Best of luck on your outdoor adventures this holiday season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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