Mark your calendars and save the date: May 20th is going to be special this year!
Why? Kids to Parks Day, an annual nation-wide initiative to get families to our State, National and local public lands, is happening! For seven years now, this great program follows our personal mission here: get kids out discovering and learning about the country that surrounds them.
Our local, state and national parks will be preserved only if we teach our children to know them, to love them. The day is a perfect opportunity (or excuse?) to visit a local, state, or national park or public land as a family and join the movement.
The goal is to make the outdoors accessible and attractive for everyone, not just those with all the “right gear” and “technical equipment”.
It’s far too easy to use a lack of “stuff” in many parts of our lives as an excuse about why we just can’t do it. But, if we’re honest with ourselves, we know that more often than not, our GEAR gets in the way of the experience. While it certainly has its place, being an outdoorsy person doesn’t mean you are keeping up with the outdoor fashion and technical trends (and I am totally guilty of this!)
It’s feeling like spring (maybe?) around here, and the kids beg to go hiking and exploring (which means we must be doing something right, right?!?!) While living in a National Park has some perks (like the incredible views), here’s the “behind the scenes facts” about a day-in-the-life:
- We walked directly from our house
- The entire hike was maybe maybe a mile
- While I would have been happy getting a little blood pumping, they were far more interested in rolling balls down the hill and checking out bones and antlers and rotting bison heads (seriously, I can’t make this stuff up!)
- They wore “normal” kid clothes – the ones they seem to wear almost every.single.day. There was no “get in your hiking clothes!” or matching or even convincing them to not wear the fleece pants that are really good at bringing home thousands of burrs (science lesson??)
- The only “technical” thing they wore? Hiking shoes to protect them from cactus and ankle rolls and slippery slopes. And they’re Northside hiking shoes, at that, which are completely family-friendly and affordable. I can swallow paying $35 for kid boots that really do protect them.
- We totally forgot water, I wanted to bail first and get home, and I was totally leery of ticks the entire time. Real life here, people!
Here’s my point: Stop overthinking things. Just go! The best adventures are often the ones with the least preparation.
How to Get Involved:
Across the country in all 50 states, Kids to Parks Day events will be happening to educate our children and to have fun. You can find those events here (but be sure to check back – they are being added to over the next 6 weeks!) Can’t find anything organized in your area? Don’t let that keep you at home! You can still just get out and explore a new-to-you park or an old favorite.
START BY REGISTERING TO JOIN! Just by doing so, you have the chance to win great prizes from The North Face, Camelbak, National Geographic and more. You’ll also get a special coupon from Northside shoes!
Win from Northside Shoes!
This spring, we hiked in Northside shoes. We were pleasantly surprised on how comfortable, durable and effective in doing the job we needed them to do (keep feet safe, dry and happy!) they did! They’re truly perfect hiking shoes for kids especially – because no one loves paying big bucks for ones they outgrow so quickly!
I love that Northside stands for:
- Proudly embracing families
- Taking a stance against the overly technical and over-priced
- Reminding people that the outdoors is accessible
Today we get to give a pair away to one of you! Winner gets a unique coupon code to choose their own style and size!
As usual, please use the widget below to enter to win. The winner will be emailed and announced on this post in the widget. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help!
Northside Shoes Coupon Code
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