May 7, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Go Biking with Your Kids

kids bikes

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April 24, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Movie Night

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April 17, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Going Outside with Kiddos

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we temporarily closed our retail stores nationwide. For more information, review the FAQs regarding REI’s recent store closures. Please consult the CDC or your state health department for advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on symptoms, testing and how to protect yourself and others […]

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March 17, 2020

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Looking for ways to entice kids outside to take in some fresh air and burn off some surplus energy? An outdoor scavenger hunt is a timeless classic. Depending on the age of your kids and how many are participating, you can make it a friendly competition, or perhaps just come up with some rewards for […]

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May 21, 2019

How to Make Hiking Fun with Kids

A child rides on her parent's shoulder during a hike.

Going on a family hike is a great way to encourage kids to be active and connect with nature. But sometimes the reality isn’t Instagram-ready. Parents and caregivers, we’ve been there. There’s occasional whining, and getting through a hike may take a little bribery and a whole lot of cajoling. It doesn’t always have to […]

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August 30, 2018

One Writer’s Quest to Introduce Kids to Our National Parks

Man looking at Denali with a copy of a book in hand

Kate Siber remembers clearly the magic of her first national park visit: She was 10. And the cliffs of Grand Canyon National Park and the Havasupai Tribe’s adjacent land made a huge impact. “Coming from an urban upbringing, I was completely blown away by the cliffs, the red hue of the rock, the crazy waterfalls […]

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August 14, 2018

Tested: The Best Kid Carriers of 2020

Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL Child Carrier - Women’s

Hiking with kids is tough as it is—you don’t need an uncomfortable kid carrier to make the experience even more difficult. But thankfully, the days of wooden boards and leather straps are in the rearview mirror. Outdoor companies understand that families want to spend time together in nature. With modern technologies and materials, the new […]

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July 13, 2018

Family Hiking Tips

Assess your situation ahead of time to make your hike enjoyable for the whole family.

A couple of years ago my 3-year-old son and I had one of those especially difficult days getting on trail. We were visiting Arches National Park and the challenge started in the parking lot of Delicate Arch. I wanted to carry Mason in a soft-structured carrier, but he just wasn’t having it. He insisted on […]

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February 17, 2018

How Old Should My Baby Be To Go Hiking?

Mom and baby hiking

When a baby enters the picture, new parents often have a lot of fears and questions about hiking.  What kind of gear do you need? How long a trip should you plan? What if you drive to the trailhead and the baby starts wailing uncontrollably when you put him or her in the carrier? But […]

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