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Dear Friends, If your kid is going to have a birthday sometime within the next 12 months, we can help. We know birthdays only come once a year, and that you want your child’s day to be extra special. Our annual Party Planner includes a nice selection of celebratory choices, including Rollerama and Castaway Café, both of which are undergoing some really extensive renovations. There is plenty more information about that and about other local party options in the Party Planner section.

their names printed in the magazine (see below), and some really nice incentives from local sponsors. Get more information, including how to enroll, on page 4. As for me, I need to wrap this issue up, because my niece’s son is having a tractor party tomorrow to celebrate his birthday, which gives me a rare excuse to wear my overalls. Happy Birthday to all of you, whenever you happen to have been born,

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Baby Carriers When you become a parent, there are so many things to consider, and so many new things to research, test and figure out. One of the things that I never really considered with my first baby was a baby carrier. I thought I was all set. After all, I had my arms and a hip. But after a few weeks of constantly carrying my newborn, bouncing her to sleep, pacing the hallways, rocking some more, bouncing some more and not accomplishing much, I started to think differently. I completely loved holding my baby. I didn’t want to give up the precious moments of the day spent smelling her head, letting her hear my heartbeat, sharing warmth, and providing comfort through my touch. Unfortunately, laundry doesn’t fold itself, the floor doesn’t sweep itself, and eventually every mother’s arms, quite frankly, do get tired! That’s why baby carriers are truly lifesavers. Put on the baby carrier and enjoy the ride, baby. Here are just a few reasons why my kids and I love carriers.

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We get to be close. This means involuntarily kissing my baby on her head all day long. Little words whispered in her ear about what she is seeing or what we are doing provide a high top view of the world that is fully engaging as I am talking, touching, and being in the world with her. Nursing in the carrier is also a personal favorite. Carriers are also great for Dads. Mom gets a break and Dad gets a change to bond with the baby.

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I get to do things. It is a great pleasure to be able to do things with two hands. There are some activities that are not safe to do when using a carrier, but most things are.

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Baby sleep is easy. My natural walking is the same motion to which she became accustomed while in the womb. The gentle bounce of my step seems to rock her to sleep every time, without any effort from me.

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Crowds are easier without a stroller to maneuver, fold, store, or keep track of. Strangers are less likely to reach out to touch my baby when she is in the carrier.

I recently took my youngest baby to Colorado in the Onya baby carrier. It worked well during airport security checks, baby naptime on the plane and hiking the mountain trails.

Carriers grow with your baby. Toddlers seem to enjoy the view from back carriers, which are also perfect for hiking and other outdoor activities.

Nellie Sowash is a mother of three young children and has enjoyed using baby carriers with each child. Her and her husband own Bloom Baby and Kids in Brighton.

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Not all baby carriers are created equal. You and your baby will both be happiest when you find a carrier that provides comfort for both the wearer and the baby. A good carrier should provide the wearer with support distributed throughout your back, with most of the weight resting on your waist, not your shoulders or upper back. A good carrier also provides your baby with a wide seat to sit in as opposed to a crotch dangling support system. It should also provide support for baby’s head should she fall asleep.

If you want to learn more about how baby carriers can work for you and your baby, there will be a free baby carrier workshop:

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PREPARING TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL Tips From Local Educators My best tip for the new school year to is to be prepared. Understand what will be expected of your child before you start school. Is your child’s math, reading, and writing where it needs to be? If not, then preparing in advance is key. Will your child be expected to be more independent, read harder novels, etc? Teaching your child to be organized now will help later. Attend orientation activities and read through any notes from your child’s teacher carefully. Showing your child that you too enjoy learning will make an impact on their learning. Keeping up to date with how they are progressing and what they are learning is just as (or possibly more) important than keeping up with their grades.

Create a practical schedule for school days that includes time for studying, after- school activities, family time, healthful eating and time for getting outside and being active and that limits screen time. We all become so consumed with the daily grind that we forget to take time with each other and take time to be outside and enjoy our surroundings – taking the time to do this helps children become more focused in school and feel more fulfilled. Jessie MacGonigal Pratt, Art Teacher, Kensington Woods High School

Christine Turnbow has taught 7th grade summer school and high school English. She is the Center Director at Sylvan of Brighton. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and is a Brighton resident.

We like to visit the playground a few times before the first day. We also change back to our school sleep schedule a couple weeks before so that everyone, including myself, is ready for the early morning trips.

Here’s how to get your children ready to be happy and successful when they return to school:

Dawn Marie Hadley studied Elementary Education at Eastern Michigan University

1. Routines. Don’t wait until the last night of summer to reinstate some basic routines. In most cases it takes three weeks of using a routine before it becomes automatic. Set a regular bedtime and wake-up time. Plan to have breakfast together in the morning. 2. Reading and video limits. Hopefully you’ve been scheduling regular time for reading and setting clear limits on screen time throughout the summer. But if you are human, you might have let these occasionally slide. Three weeks of regular reading practice and clear expectations for screen time will re-establish the pattern you want for your child. 3. Celebrations. Plan something special to celebrate and be grateful for the beautiful summer you’ve enjoyed with your family. Celebrations help us deal with transitions, like the end of long hot summer days. 4. For young children, a quick visit to the school or a video chat with your new teacher can be a great way to decrease the small insecurities some children have when going back to school. Contact the teacher or drop by the school and ask to see your new classroom. Bob Sornson, President, Early Learning Foundation earlylearningfoundation.com Get the kids into a routine a couple weeks before school starts, particularly regarding bedtime. Kids need to eat well. A diet loaded with carbs isn’t going to help concentration and focus. Chris Tyrpak lives in Howell and teaches in Novi.

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ZERO DARK THIRTY SUPERHERO Bradley had turned three a few days earlier and we celebrated his birthday with a party, which included his brother Kelly and a few of Brad’s little buddies. Darlene and I were very excited because it was his first birthday as a big brother. I was especially excited about the Batman Big Wheel trike we had picked out as a present for him. I just knew that our gift was going to be a big hit with Bradley, and sure enough, it was. Upon receiving it, he immediately hopped on the trike and headed off down the road as fast as he could go. From then on, most of Brad’s days were spent riding his Big Wheel. In his mind, he was Batman, fighting crime and evil all day long. On weekends or after work I would often play outside with Bradley, pretending I was the Joker or the Penguin. I would run up and down the street and hide in the ditch or behind parked cars to avoid my little Batman, who was always in hot pursuit. We had great fun. As much as I loved playing with Bradley and as wonderful as that father-son time was for the both of us, there was a down side. Bradley, unfortunately, had become fixated on his trike. Getting him to focus on anything else was difficult, which added some new challenges to my life. Always an early riser, Bradley would typically start to stir around 5:30 a.m. and by 6:30, he would be fully awake. Now, with the Big Wheel on his mind, he was up and moving as soon his eyes popped open. Every day he

would sneak down the hallway into our bed- metropolis of Vancouver, British Columbia. room and stand beside our bed, staring at my One Saturday morning I was visiting an arena sleeping form until I woke up. in Vernon, B.C., where a hockey game was Invariably, I would check the clock and groan, under way. “It’s 5:30 a.m. Ohhh gosh — no way! Bradley, One of the pulp mill guys happened to be you need to go back to bed, attending the same game. After recognizing buddy.” me from his place in the stands, he went to Leaning forward with his arms the concession, bought a coffee and brought resting on the side of the bed, it over to me. I felt a nudge on my shoulder, he would whisper, “Daddy, I turned and there, to my surprise, was my old pulp mill coffee delivery guy wearing a big wanna ride my Big Wheel!” smile and holding out a steaming cup of cofI would rub his head and whis- fee. We had a great visit that morning, catchper back, “No, it’s too early, ing up on all that had happened to each of Bradley.” us over the years. He reminded me of those He would reply with the most early mornings with Bradley and told me how dramatic puppy-dog look impressed he and his buddies had been with he could muster, “Pleeeease me as a father. They thought it was amazing, Daddy, I wanna ride my Big how committed I was, sitting outside all those early mornings watching Bradley ride his Big Wheel....” This brief conversation usually Wheel. I thanked him for sharing that memended with me sitting in a lawn ory, and let him know that his gift of coffee chair at the end of our drive- every morning had become a real incentive. way, shivering under a blanket We laughed, shook hands and off he went. and wishing the spring sun was warmer. Out on the road, racing back and forth and up and down in front of our house would be little Bradley. It didn’t matter to him that it was only 6:00 a.m. Batman had work to do. My early morning blanket and lawn chair moments allowed me to observe the morning routines of my neighbors. Each day they passed by in their vehicles on their way to work at the local pulp mill. They’d see Bradley riding his Big Wheel and me shivering in my lawn chair. This routine carried on day after day until one day their truck stopped in front of me. One of the guys jumped out holding a cup of hot coffee; he walked over and offered it to me. I thankfully accepted his gift of java and we all shared a group chuckle before they headed off down the road to work. The next day, there I was out in my chair again with Bradley riding up and down the road. Sure enough, the pulp mill guys stopped and brought me another gift of coffee. This routine carried on through spring and summer until finally fall came and the first snows of the season ended Bradley’s early morning riding, forcing him to move on to other toys and indoor activities. Time passed and my work in the parks and recreation industry took our family away from Fort Nelson and our pulp mill friends. We had moved to the west coast

It was good to remember that time in my life and be recognized for my fatherly patience and dedication. Being outside with Bradley and watching him ride his Big Wheel seemed like a natural thing for me to do. In some ways, it seemed like a guy thing to share with my son. I have often wondered, if life had been just a little different, if Bradley had been a girl instead of a boy, what I would have been doing at 6:00 a.m. with her. The idea leaves me scratching my head, smiling about what that parenting experience would have been like. Maybe instead of watching my son ride his Big Wheel I would have been sitting in the front room playing Barbies with my daughter, having tea parties and playing dress-up. Who knows, maybe as my own sons marry and start families, I’ll be blessed with a little granddaughter and then I will get my chance to wear that tutu after all. Excerpted from Man Shoes: The Journey to Becoming a Better Man, Husband and Father by Tom Watson.

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AUGUST WEEKENDS Drive-in Movies Free popcorn. Friday nights except for August 30 Cromaine Library 8:30pm FREE 810.632.5200 cromaine.org Concerts at the Courthouse Bring a blanket or chair to the courthouse in downtown Howell on Friday nights at 7pm. 517.540.0065 HowellOperaHouse.com

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Zip Line and Climbing Tower 500’ zip line over a pond. Tallest outdoor tower in Michigan. Howell Nature Center $15 Reservations are required. 517.546.0249

Cloth Diapering Workshop Explore how modern cloth diapering can work for your family. Bloom Baby and Kids 6:30-7:30pm FREE 810.844.1031

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Saturday 3 Load ‘n Go Truck Hands-on workshop for children ages 5-12. Free workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Home Depot 9am-Noon 517.548.3742

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Family Tae Kwon Do Tuesdays and Thursdays through 8/29. Kils Tae Kwon Do 6:30-7:30pm or 7:30-8:30pm $100 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org Sanchin-Ryu Family Karate Physical techniques, drills and exercises. Tuesdays through 9/24 Barnard Community Center 7-8pm $104/family 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org

Kiwanis Gazebo Concert Brighton Millpond 7-9pm FREE brightonkiwanis.com

The Judgment of Paris A young shepherd boy must choose between three goddesses in this short comedic play. Old Hartland High School 2pm FREE 810.632.5200

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Hootin’ in the Park Putnam Township Square Thursdays through 8/22 5pm. Grilled hot dogs and popcorn 50 cents. 734.660.9868

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Fine Art and Music Festival Multiple stages of acoustic music on Main Street, and a chance to speak with artisans about their original works in glass, watercolor, oils, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, and wood. Fri 5-9pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-4pm 810.227.5086 brightoncoc.org

Family Camp Waterslide, aqua jump, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, high ropes and zip line. Semi-private rooms/cabins and dorm-style facilities. Camp Copneconic Friday 7pm- Sunday 11am $175/pair +$50 for each additional person 810.629.9622 campcopneconic.org

Hootin’ in the Park see August 1

Pirates of Penzance Presented by Community Theatre of Howell at the Howell Freshman Campus Fri & Sat 7:30pm Sun 2:00pm $16 cththeatre.org

FARMERS MARKETS

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Brighton Saturdays 8am-1pm 200 North 1st Street 810.955.1471 brightoncoc.org

Fishing instruction Learn the basics of casting and fishing. Rod and reel will be provided Pinckney Recreation Area 2-3pm 734.426.4913 RappK@michigan.gov

Howell Sundays 9am-2pm Downtown Courthouse Lawn 517.546.3920 howell.org

Mon-Fri 5-9 Springhill Day Camp Cornerstone Church $159 9am4pm blinder@cornerstoneforlife.com Springhillcamps.com

Green Oak Sundays 10am-3pm Green Oak Village Place Mall 313.590.1960

Monday 5 Swinginfusion Outdoor swing dancing for youth. Brighton Mill Pond Mondays from 7-10pm $1 810.599.7132

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Fowlerville Fridays 3-7pm City Parking Lot on Grand River 517.375.5132 fowlerville.org

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Friday 2 PaleoJoe is a paleontologist, author and storyteller who uses his knowledge and expertise to entertain, educate and inspire kids. Kids will see a real T-Rex tooth, a Velociraptor skull, and other fossils. Free tickets available 15 minutes prior to the program. Brighton Library 10:3011:30am FREE 810.229.6571 x223 brightonlibrary.info

Farmer for a Day Kids will work alongside our farmers and in teams cleaning stalls, feeding and brushing animals and planting. For ages 8–15. Kensington 10am3pm $35 248.684.8632 metroparks.com

Hartland Old Hartland High School Saturdays 9am-1pm 810.632.1030

Steampunk Q&A with steampunk author Steven Harper (author of the Clockwork Empire series) and awardwinning fantasy writer Sarah Zettel (author of the American Fairy trilogy). For grades 5 and up, including adults. Cromaine Library 6:30pm FREE 810.632.5200

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Open Mic Poetry, comedy, singing, dancing, and other performance art. Bennett Recreation Center 7-9pm $2 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org

Hootin’ in the Park see August 1

Sat & Sun 10 & 11 Zip Line and Climbing Tower see August 3 & 4

Sanchin-Ryu Family Karate Thursdays through 10/3 see August 6

Fri-Sun 16-18 Art at the Opera House Fine Art Show Fri 5-9pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-4pm FREE 517.540.0065

Saturday 10 Babywearing Meetup Learn about babywearing, carrier sizing, and new carriers. Group offers a baby carrier lending library. Bloom Baby and Kids 2-4pm FREE 810.844.1031 events.bloombabyandkids.com

Mon-Thur 12-15 Hunter Safety DNR approved Hunter Safety Certificate. Marion Township Hall 6-9pm $10 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org

Pirates of Penzance see August 9-11 Melonfest draws over 45,000 visitors and features classic train rides, Melon Ice Cream, a classic car show, live entertainment and demonstrations, carnival rides and kid’s area, and over 200 sidewalk, art, and non-profit vendors. 517.546.0693 x7704 melonfest@howellrecreation.org

Friday 16 Melon Run Melon Roll, Tot trot, Melon Dash, 1 mile, 5k, and 10K. Downtown Howell 6pm 517.546.0693

Tuesday 13 Farmer for a Day See August 5

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Theater Camp: Greek Comedy Edition Get ready for “The Sea of Monsters” while brushing up your acting skills. At 7pm put on a play written by one of Cromaine’s own for family and friends. Dinner provided. Cromaine Library Noon-8pm FREE 810.632.5200 cromaine.org

Wednesday 14 Jazz @ the Pond Big Bad Swing by Planet D Nonet Brighton Mill Pond 7-9pm FREE 2stonesevents.com

Sunday 18 Fishing instruction see August 4

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Saturday 17 Melon Ride 15 mile bike ride. County Court House 9am $20 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org

Feeding Finicky Toddlers Create simple, healthy dishes that your toddler will love. Bloom Baby and Kids 10:00-11:15am FREE 810.844.1031 events. bloombabyandkids.com

Sand Sculpture Bring spatulas, spoons and popsicle sticks to help transform 4 truckloads of sand into sandcastle country with buildings, walls, roads and bridges under the direction of a nationally famous sand sculptor. Howell City Park 9am-7pm 517.546.0693

Greek Mythology Todd Gerring from the University of Michigan Kelsey Museum uses artifacts and myths to illustrate daily life in ancient times. Cromaine Library 2pm FREE 810.632.5200 cromaine.org

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August 10 & 11 Thunder over Michigan Rare aerial demonstration by the North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre, world-renowned civilian aerobatic performer Michael Goulian, a demonstration by the only single-seat flyable German Me-262 jet in the world, WWII and

August 9-11 Great Lakes Folk Festival offers a mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, and special activities for kids and their companions. greatlakesfolkfest.net

Vietnam battle reenactments, and two specially-restored Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey helicopters. Willow Run Airport $35 yankeeairmuseum.org/airshow

August 10 & 11 Antique Tractor, Truck, and Farm Equipment Show Celebrate the evolution of farming in Michigan with displays of everything from horse-drawn plows to steam-powered and gasoline-engine machines. Waterloo Farm Museum Sat 10am-5pm Sun 8am-5pm

August 23-25 If You Give A Mouse A Cookie is a madcap messy ride through Laura Joffe Numeroff’s bestselling children’s book. City Theatre $18 olympiaentertainment.com

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Legomania Bring 2 gallon-size ziplock bags filled with Legos, they will supply the theme and you build. For ages 5 and up. Cromaine Library 10am FREE 810.632.5200 cro-

A Thousand Letters Home Teresa Irish, author of 1000 Letters Home, One WWII Soldier’s Story of War, Love and Life, will discuss her parents’ story and her book, comprised of 320 letters and 104 photographs. Brighton Library 7:00-8:30pm FREE RR 810.229.6571 x227 brightonlibrary.info

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Wednesday 21 39 Clues Come and have fun with clues and mysteries. For ages 6 and up. Cromaine Library 10am FREE 810.632.5200 cromaine. org

Saturday 31 Wild West Adventure see Aug 24 Book/CD/DVD Exchange Recycle Livingston 9am-1pm 517.548.4439.

August 31- September 1

Babysitter’s Training How to supervise children and infants and perform basic childcare skills. Bring paper, pencil, and snack. American Red Cross 8:30am-3:30pm $95 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org

Old St. Patrick Festival Games, petting farm, face painting, inflatables for kids and teens, rock-climbing wall, bungee jump, country store, silent auction, gift baskets, used books, $5000 Grand Raffle, 50/50 Raffle. Old St. Patrick Parish Noon-11pm 734.662.8141 stpatricka2.org

Day of Caring Volunteers are needed to feed the hungry, help seniors be better able to stay in their homes, assist area at-risk youth at local shelters and help area non-profit organizations better serve local families. 810.494.3000

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Thursday 22 Hootin’ in the Park see August 1 Bring Your Own Tools Tear things apart. Put them back together. Build robots. Cromaine Library 6:30-8:00pm FREE 810.632.5200 cromaine.org

Sat & Sun 24 & 25 Zip Line and Climbing Tower see August 3 & 4

Saturday 24 Open House at Hartland Sports Center Open bounce, prizes, food, face painting, tattoos and hair spray painting. 810.632.7222 hartlandsportscenter.com Adventure Day at the Millpond Catch and release fishing, canoeing and kayaking, hands-on outdoor recreation activities, and a Wildlife Safari Show. Brighton Millpond 10am-3pm FREE 810.299.4140 selcra.com Wild West Adventure Crafts, butter making, scavenger hunt, play forts, kid’s train, and petting zoo. Northfork Outback 1-4pm $10 517.881.9142 northforkoutback.com

Sunday 25 Fishing instruction see August 4

Monday 26 Farmer for a Day See August 5

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Wear the Right Shoes. Until your kids are walking consistently on their own (birth-3), fit them with a comfortable pair of water resistant shoes. Make sure the three and older kids are wearing light weight trail shoes or boots with a sturdy sole. A Vibram sole with a waterproof breathable liner is preferred. Wear noncotton, moisture wicking, synthetic or wool socks. Dress For The Weather. Wear non-cotton synthetic, wool & fleece clothes and dress in layers. Wear multipurpose clothes like pants that zip off into shorts or shirts with role up sleeves. Pack a waterproof breathable rain parka. Dress Jeff Alt is an avid hiker, to say the least. In for the season with fleece hat & gloves or a addition to walking the 2,160-mile Appa- hat with a wide brim for sun protection. lachian Trail, he also walked the 218-mile Pack Fun Items. Let young children fill their John Muir Trail with his wife, and trekked adventure pack with a bug catcher, magacross a 50-mile path of Ireland with his nifying glass, binoculars, a camera, a map wife, young daughter, and extended family. He and his wife emerged from the church doors on their wedding day wearing backpacks, and his son was taken on his first hike at 8 weeks. Jeff has lots of great advice about how to make sure you and the kids have a great time outdoors. Start When They Are Young. Ergonomically designed baby carriers make it easy and fun to carry your infant and toddler with you wherever you hike. Walk to your favorite park or beach. Bring a friend. Stop often and let your little one explore. Make your hike a routine your kids will look forward to. Suntan Lotion Let the Kids Lead. Hike at your child’s pace Bug Repellent and distance. Whenever your child takes (containing Deet or Picaridin) interest in something, stop and explore that First Aid Kit bug, leaf or rock with them. Tell them about the animals, rocks, trees, and flowers. GetCompass & Map ting to the destination is less important than Matches or Lighter making sure your kids have fun. (packed to stay dry) Count Down to the Adventure. Psych the kids Whistle up with pictures, videos, and highlights of Signal Mirror the places they will go and the things they will see. Use books, magazines, maps, and Survival knife the internet, especially park websites and (with locking blade) videos showing the spectacular wildlife and Head Lamp Flashlight locations they will see. Extra Batteries Get Educated. Acquire adequate information 50’ Rope about first aid and other survival skills, and share what you can with your kids. Duct Tape

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and compass, whistle, or flashlight. Let your little adventurer take ownership and pack a few items of his own even if it’s not hiking related. Play Games and Bring a Friend. Play I Spy using your surroundings as you walk along. Create your own scavenger hunt in search of animals, plants and views along the way. Make up rhymes and sing songs as you walk. Pack along a plant and animal identification guide for your older child. Let your social butterfly bring a friend, with parental permission. Intrigue your computer savvy child with the high-tech hiking gadgets like GPS, headlamp flashlights and pedometers. Use your GPS and take your kids on a geocaching adventure. Bring Water And Food Kids Love. Hand out extra energy and water as needed on the trail. Pack their favorite snacks and bring plenty of water. Stop often for a drink and a snack.

Get the Right Gear UÊ*>VŽÃ\ÊiÌÊ>}iÊ>˜`ÊÈâiÊ>««Àœ«Àˆ>ÌiÊL>VŽpacks that fit each hiker comfortably with hydration hose capability. UÊ/ÀiŽŽˆ˜}Ê*œiÃ\ÊiÌÊ>Ê«>ˆÀʜvÊ>`ÕÃÌ>Li]Ê collapsible poles with an ergonomically designed handle for each person. UÊÀiÅ]Ê i>˜Ê7>ÌiÀ\Ê9œÕÊV>˜Ê}iÌÊ>ʅÞ`À>tion hose system for your pack or just use bottles. Disinfect wild water using hi-tech portable treatment water systems such as a UV wand or micro-straining filter. UÊ œ““Õ˜ˆV>̈œ˜\Ê Àˆ˜}Ê>ÊÓ>ÀÌÊ«…œ˜iÊÃœÊ you can take lots of pictures and if there’s connectivity, email to family or upload to your online blog or Facebook page. Carry a GPS unit to keep you located on the trail and for geocaching. Jeff Alt’s book is called Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep It Fun! JeffAlt.com

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