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As a kid, I remember local adventures either with the family or the kids in the street, off on our bikes or skateboards to the local park or footy ground. It was ‘pre’ bike helmets and backpacks filled with sunscreen, mobile devices, water bottles and insect repellent. If we were lucky, the kid that had the tennis ball and cricket bat was allowed to come with us and if not, someone might bring an empty tin can or glass jar so we could catch tadpoles – because not even Pokémon existed then.

Generally, no adult was with us. We knew where we were allowed to go and where the boundary was and someone’s (usually mine) older sibling would come along to chaperone us, and run to the phone booth on the corner should there be an emergency – which there never was.

We played until sunset and my mother had a loud dinner bell that she would ring when we needed to come home. Life was simple and perhaps a little uneventful but we were kids and we were just happy being so.

Weekends meant Sunday outings and that often included a family bike ride or short road trip to another local park for a picnic, some cricket or a swim and hanging with other local families and kids. Laughter, conversation and sausages sizzling are the sounds of my childhood Sundays and as a parent I have tried to create these same kinds of memories for my kids. Simple and uncomplicated, inexpensive and free of traffic.

How do you spend your family time? And importantly what memories do you want your kids to have of their childhood weekends? Exploring your local neighbourhood truly is a great way to give kids confidence in their surroundings, meet neighbours and members of your community and learn about local history, flora, fauna at the same time.

We are truly blessed by our local weather and our open spaces. Perhaps you can walk or drive and park the car, and then walk to explore the local surroundings and features. Check social media for neighbourhood groups and pages and check in with your local council for information on parks and facilities, as well as bikeways, play grounds and picnic barbecue areas. Get the kids involved. Open Google Earth and work out what is in walking distance – turn it into an orienteering or maths lesson and plan to explore within a certain diameter from your home. Check out the Geocache spots in your neighbourhood and turn your adventure into a treasure hunt. If you have exhausted your neighbourhood, check out the next suburb over. You just never know where those hidden pockets of nature and great parks can pop up.

Keep your adventures simple, fun and inexpensive. Kids love exploring and even more so when they feel some ownership for planning the outing. Let them help organise the activities and let their imaginations run. Let them create the plan today that will become tomorrow’s fond memories.

 

THE BIG Q… This month, we ask The Hub experts what’s your fave family holiday destination and why?
Locally we love the Gold Coast hinterland bushwalks and adventuring to find hidden tracks and waterfalls. On an international level we LOVE Nusa Lembongan Island for the weather, the people and the snorkelling.

Fe Taylor

Fe Taylor  

Fe Taylor is a passionate health and wellbeing guru. Fe has dedicated her career in fitness, nutrition and wholefood education to help others along their health and fitness journey. Fe is a proud mum to her two boys, Tom and Jude. She is the founder of the Childrens Health & Wellbeing Expo, and currently serves as an ambassador for the chairty Nutrition Plus // www.fetaylor.juiceplus.com.au