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Adventure planning for kids

It’s mid Spring here in NZ. This is the time of year we start to dream of summer adventures – where are we going to go? What are we going to do? Who are we going to go with?…

Dressing your kids for the snow!

Here in NZ we’ve got plenty of opportunities to get our kids out playing in the snow over winter. From the North Island’s Central Plateau to the Southern Alps…to Snowplanet in Silverdale?!…kids just love throwing snowballs, making snow angels,…

Stormy weather – playing outside on a rainy day

What to do with the kids when it’s raining outside? At this time of year in New Zealand we can get a lot of rain. And in our house, that results in endless requests for watching TV, DVDs and…

Why is the sea salty?

Ah, the ocean. What is it that is so calming about the sea? The small one and I spend as much time as we can next to it, on it, in it, looking at it, talking about it, learning…

Why do birds sing? The shining cuckoo and the grey warbler

Over spring, and now into summer, Nate has been fascinated by the innovative, yet pushy antics of the shining cuckoo (pipiwharauroa). He wanted to know why birds sing, and we talked all about communication and the kinds of things…

Things are looking up: CLOUDS and what they mean

My three year old son is like a puppy – he needs a LOT of exercise! That’s why so many of our outdoor activities are based around ways to use up that energy and tire him out. But sometimes…

5 Outdoorsy ways to dig yourself out of a hole

We all have those days. And sometimes, they’re weeks. You’re in a funk. You’re in a hole. You’re just not feeling quite right about life and it is proving difficult to snap yourself out of it. Sometimes, it’s ‘simply’…