How adventurous would you say your children are, compared to you when you were their age?
Are you parents of a child who is not constantly glued to an electronic device? While parents seemingly enjoyed activities like playing board games and flying kites, kids today are generally much more adventurous in their choice of outdoor pursuits – if the findings of family tour operator Club Med‘s study (that polled 1,500 UK parents) are anything to go by.
Zorbing, white water rafting and knee boarding are some of the exciting new sports that kids seem to prefer over staying inside today.
Here are some fun facts found by the study:
- One in three London kids have taken up karate.
- British kids are more likely to have abseiled, skied and rock climbed by the time they turn 15.
- A third of Brits admit that their children are more active than they were at the same age.
- Today’s kids are likely to have ticked off canoeing (25%), go carting (25%), archery (24%) or mountain biking (20%) before they reach young adulthood.
Get started now!
Time outside is a vital part of kids’ development and you don’t have to be on holiday to enjoy it! Days out, half term breaks, school exeat are all great opportunities to try some exciting activities. During the week, if your children are at home, make time for play and adventure with some fun ideas for everyday play.
All they really need is a bike. Kids naturally seek the thrills, but if they want to push themselves the Olympic Velo Park (now Lee Valley Velo Park) has everything: mountain biking, BMX track and road bike route. There are fun trails in most of London’s parks, too. And the Olympic mountain biking course, in Essex in under an hour from London and boasts some ‘rad drops’. Apparently. In the Chilterns, Aston Hill Bike Park is another park under an hour from London and within easy reach of the west.
If you’re in London, there are a plethora of parks and open spaces. You don’t have to visit Go Ape to climb trees. But if you do, the one in Battersa Park is superb. It is made all the more lovely being built up into the trees (Go Ape Battersea). National Trust properties of Morden Hall Park, or Ham House are both brilliant for explorers.
The British Canoe Club is a great place to start for clubs, local activities (and not just canoeing. Paddle boarding is taking the UK by storm!). In London, there’s a dedicated site Canoe London, too. Two of the most popular are at Wimbledon (Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre) and again the Olympic legacy continues at the former Olympic course at Lee Valley, with white water rafting.
Wild Time every day
You don’t need to join a club to get outside. Get some inspiration for every day wild time from The Wild Network. Their Wild Time App for kids is safe & has activities for country estates, or city streets. And their Top 10 easiest ever ideas for the school run makes every day outdoor play easy.
Archery GB is the official body and their website has lots of information. There’s JAWS for kids, which is a badge-based a scheme to encourage them to learn archery. From our own experience, they seem to really take to archery. Perhaps the latent hunter in all of us? Crystal Palace Junior Bowmen is one well known club, plus 2020 Archery and Experience Archery all offer courses.