One of my favourite things about having kids is that you can do something so simple and have a great time. This past winter we went to Manning Park with the kids to celebrate our 5 years of marriage. We were so happy to soak up the outdoors especially since my husband has been busy finishing his PhD. The great thing about Manning park is there is little cell phone service and therefore we were able to totally focus on each other and the present.

Throughout this post I am going to highlight 7 ways our children have made trips more exciting.

  1. Telling the kids we are going to the mountains:

We told our oldest daughter we were leaving for the mountains about 10 minutes before leaving. We did this on purpose because she gets SO EXCITED!!! Once we told her we were going to the mountains she started running around the house saying ‘Yeah mountains’ followed by asking if myself, Cam and her little sister were going to come too. We proceeded by saying ‘yes we are coming to the mountains too’. Since we were all going, she got even more excited and this excitement lasted the whole weekend.

  1. The Cabin

Our toddler loved the cabin. Really I loved it as well but her enthusiasm made the cabin that much more exciting. She loved it so much that I now want to live in a simple cabin in the woods. Everyday she was excited to come back to the cabin and hang out. She loved it so much that when we left we had to say ‘bye cabin’ and blow kisses as we drove away. She still talks about the cabin.

  1. Snow suit, toque and mitts

I know not every kid likes their outdoor gear but our daughter was getting so excited when she got to wear her mitts, snow pants and boots. It may not last forever but I’ll take it!!!

  1.  Hiking

Whenever we tell our toddler we are going hiking she starts jumping and running around. Her enthusiasm about the outdoors is incredibly contagious. At Manning Park there are tons of hikes outside your doorstep and although we kept the hiking simple, her enthusiasm amplified the outdoor experience. Trying to see these natural experiences through the eyes of a child is incredible. Our daughter gets excited by things that we often don’t even take notice of, like leaves, rocks, snow and water.

  1. Throwing rocks

I think our toddler could literally spend hours throwing rocks into water. Big rocks, little rocks and even sticks and leaves can provide hours of entertainment.

  1. Playing in the snow

Yes as an adult I still like playing in the snow but rarely take the time to indulge. Being forced out in the snow to play with the kids is extremely rewarding. Our oldest daughter got so excited making her first snowman. Our youngest daughter had an amazing look of wonder as her hand touched snow for the first time.

  1. Mountains

Lastly, I know I mentioned mountains previously but that was more about telling our kids we were going to the mountains. We needed to highlight how excited the girls get when we are in the mountains. Our oldest daughter loves seeing snow-capped mountains. She loves knowing she is hiking on a mountain. She loves the fresh air.

Being a parent has changed our getaways but it hasn’t affected how much we enjoy them. During our trip we decided to keep it simple and our oldest daughter’s enthusiasm and youngest daughter’s smiles made the whole experience really fun.


By Annika
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