Story by

Gill Quinn

August 2nd, 2016

We have been getting the kids out and about for as long as I can remember. Being a stay-at-home mum gives me all the time in the world with them, but it is when we are exploring and embracing nature that we all reconnect with each other as a family.

Adventure doesn't only inspire us to learn together, but it also helps us grow together. We are so lucky to live in a city where entertainment possibilities are endless, but I always find that good old-fashioned simple fun holds the kids' attention way longer. (And best of all is free!) Our favourite spots are all quite local to us, but we always manage to learn or see something new with each venture out.

The kids were delighted on a recent picnic to find that if you carried on a little further than we normally walk you can get right down to the river.There were many squeals of delight as they all started throwing stones into the water and they were already asking to come back on Daddy's next day off work!

It didn't take long for the little ones to get pretty wet, although I was surprised at how long Archie, the youngest, sat on a rock just listening to the gush of water. He never sits still! It wasn't long before the older two were trying to make a den while the younger two collected sticks to throw in and went about their own little mission.

There can be many squabbles at home, but when we are in a setting like this they play together so happily without all the distractions of technology.

The great outdoors entertains all the kids despite their age gaps. It really strengthens sibling bonds and imaginations can run wild! There's no place we would all rather be!