My kids are aged six and 11. Although Miss 11 doesn’t play a sport (but Miss Six does), I still try to make sure she gets out into the fresh air on the weekend for some exercise. Getting them out of the house is not always easy. As my kids have gotten older, they have become much more screen-orientated. Luckily for me, Miss 11 has a real passion for the environment and getting out into nature.
So, with the weather looking clear for Saturday, I thought it gave us a great opportunity to get out and explore.
I planned a trip to a local park that I hadn’t been to before. I packed a picnic for my kids. I like to have a good mix of nutritious food because when we are out walking, the kids often steam ahead of me and then get tired. The last thing any parent wants is to have to carry tired children out of the bush! In our picnic bag this time was:
- Some mixed nuts
- Bananas, apples and mandarins
- Boiled eggs
- Rice crackers
- Celery and carrot sticks
- Cheese slices
- A Thermos of Hot MILO (we are a trim milk household, so our MILO is always made with trim milk). I received two tins of MILO powder from Nestlé as part of a review as a ‘Hero Mum’.
The kids were pretty excited to go on a walking adventure with me. I plugged the address of the park into my GPS and we hit the road. When we arrived at our destination, the kids were confused. It looked like a residential park. However, once we got walking we found ourselves on an impressive board walk with beautiful river views.
Flora, fauna, and a few snacks
We stopped along the track and looked at the different flora and fauna in the area. When the kids got hungry they munched on carrots. My youngest had some celery and declared that “this weird green carrot tastes great” much to Miss 11’s amusement.
At the end of the track, we sat on some logs and cracked open the MILO. Both girls enjoyed a warm cup of MILO and they were all smiles. My eldest had been a bit unsure prior to trying it, but she found it tasted great. My youngest just rolled her eyes and said, “of course it does, it’s MILO!”
We rested on the logs and shared a few musings about the track before heading back towards the car. Our walk was approximately two hours long, and despite that, they jumped and skipped all the way back to the car!
Where is your favourite bush walk to take the kids? Join our discussion below in the comments.
This article was written by Kym Moore. Kym was sponsored by Nestlé to write this blog for the MILO Hero Mums promotion and was provided with complimentary product and remuneration. These views are the personal views of Kym and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.
Kym is a working mum of two, and occasional blogger. Fancies herself a writer, when she isn’t editing her kids’ vlogs or running their social media at Baby Likes Cake. Follow them on Facebook and YouTube.
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