The Kid Project

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We are lovers, friends, hikers, skiers, climbers, dog owners and coffee lovers with a good dose of silly. We love Jesus. We love our family. And we love both of those things more when we are adventuring in the outdoors together.

Alyssa is a winner of Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms - 2013

What's your favorite affordable outdoor activity to do with your kids?

By far hiking or snowshoeing! There is so much potential and variety, and usually for free! It doesn't take specialized gear, lift tickets, or even a ton of experience to get out for a successful walk in the woods.

My number #1 tip for hiking with kids? Make sure you are hiking somewhere! By that I mean have a destination, a water fall, lake, river, arch, summit. SOMETHING! Kids are goal oriented just like we are and walking just for walking doesn't appeal to their imaginations...or their adventurous side. :) On the flip side, don't push the "goal" to hard. Sometimes the best hikes are ones where a few stops to play in the river are in order.

What tips do you have for spending time outdoors when its cold?

There isn't bad weather, only bad clothing. Investing in the right stuff for your kids means they will stay warm and often the clothing is more durable and will last longer. Down coats are my favorite. REI makes one that I love and while expensive, it is cheaper than the others. Down is very warm in the winter, packs down small, is great for cold nights camping or cold mornings hiking, and great year-round. Buy it a few sizes big so it lasts a few years and I promise you won't regret spending the money on it!

There is a lot to say on this subject...checking out the reviews from other parents on winter gear helps a ton!

What's a great vacation destination for families that want to spend time outside?

Southern Utah in the spring and fall. There are ton of National Parks, kid friendly hikes, and beautiful camping sites all over southern Utah. Our favorites are Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Arches and Canyonlands. Camping in Moab is super fun but also has the ease of a grocery store and a nice dinner out too.