Rock Climbing for Kids

A kid in pink hoodie and red helmet top rope climbs on a real rock wall outdoors.

In the past 18 months, I’ve developed an intense love (bordering on obsession) of rock climbing, both on my own and with my kids. It’s been an amazing way for me to gain strength and keep my body healthy, as well as a great way to spend time and bond with my teenager (who is … Read more

10 DIY Backyard Nature Play Ideas

Children smile on the back porch.

As the weather warms up and we start to think about all the epic adventures we plan to take our kids on, let’s give them tons of opportunities for nature exploration right in our own backyards too! Oftentimes, playing outside at home tends toward toys and movement games, while nature play is saved for hikes, … Read more

Fun Toys for Camping

You figured out your camping gear, used our camping meal plan to plan your food and feel generally really ready to tackle your camping trip. Except you just realized you have no idea what the kids are going to DO the whole time. Rest assured that many a camping kid has been fully entertained by … Read more

Family Backpacking: The Gear You Need

Have you been wanting to try backcountry camping, also known as backpacking, with your family, but are intimidated by the gear you need to get started? That’s completely understandable! Even seasoned car campers often balk at the idea of entering the backcountry with everything carried on their backs. We’ve gathered our list of must-have items … Read more

Evrwild Kids Kayak Review

A purple Evrwild Water Bear Kids Kayak at the beach

When we first decided that our oldest was ready to kayak solo, I scoured the market for a kayak that would provide the safety and durability I required along with the “cool features” my kiddo craved. It wasn’t until I attended The Big Gear Show in Colorado last year that I finally found what I … Read more

Car Camping with Kids Checklist

Getting out of the door when camping can seem pretty overwhelming. The to-do list is LONG and you will always, ALWAYS forget that ONE thing that you can’t live without (Toothbrush anyone?). Well, at Tales of a Mountain Mama, we spend a LOT of time packing, unpacking, repacking, sorting, and organizing gear. We can tell … Read more