I’m literally aghast at how speedily the days seem to be whizzing by – we are 3 months in to 2019 and it feels like yesterday was Christmas! This past month has been one of those months that slips away and you can’t really grasp what you’ve accomplished. How you felt or what you did. Despite the cold and the wind that was today, I felt that spring was in the air towards the end of February. The sun was so strong a couple of weekends ago and the temperature so pleasant. We had a lovely day over at a National Trust Property – Emmett’s Gardens and went Geo-caching for our February 12 Family Adventures. It was a really beautiful weekend and I wanted to share with you little bits and pieces of our geocaching with kids. We had been geocaching locally earlier in the month, at the woods near our house but wanted to find somewhere a little further afield.
We did have a very early geocaching mini disaster – you can read about that here….but after our second adventure, we now love it! Geocaching with kids is like the ultimate treasure hunt! It’s a free family activity and can be incorporated into any day out or even to jazz up a simple neighbourhood walk. We had our first foray with geocaching at a park local to us where, after much searching (I think our app was a little skewed) we eventually found an empty geocache much to the kids dismay! So, next we tried geocaching at a National Trust that we’d been wanting to visit for a while.
Emmett’s garden is a Edwardian National Trust property with beautiful views over the Kent Weald. It’s a good one to visit with families – there was a monkey puzzle tree trail on the day we went and they have other seasonal trails throughout the year. There is a natural playground made completely from log and twigs forested from the woods. Little ones will love the little dens and there’s a teepee and wooden musical instruments too. There is a great wooded area where our kids played for ages (Archie mostly spent the time picking up sticks which were three times the size of him!) There’s also a discovery cabin, our little people found a nice little den to draw a picture, a wildlife spotting card and some games to play. Meanwhile you can grab a deck chair and enjoy the peaceful views over Kent. There are also some lovely swings and tree trunks to balance on.
We had a slightly windy picnic on one of the many picnic tables around and the kids were even happy running up and down the steps in the rose garden!
Geocaching at Emmett’s Gardens
There are lots of geocaches at Emmett’s Gardens but we focused on finding just two. One was quite far out on the outskirts and is stuck in a tiny gap in the tree – it took a bit search to find that one! We swapped some snacks when we finally got it out of the tree gap!
Top Tips for Geocaching with Kids
If you’re just starting out with geocaching, we found this post really helpful. There are many different cache listing sites available to choose from but most people use www.geocaching.com. This website allows you to create an account for free and get started right away. There are many different kinds of geocaches you can search for. Traditional caches are the easiest to start with. They are represented by a green dot on the smartphone intro app or a green box on the website. It’s obviously best to start with an easy one, particularly if you have young children who may lose interest if it’s too hard to find! The best thing about geocaching is the sense of responsibility it can give. Put the kids in charge! Obviously, you need to keep an eye on the map, but our kiddos love the responsibility of being the leader although this typically, it did lead to arguments! Drinks and snacks are must for young kids on a long geocache and also remember to take something with you to swap! Good things to swap are: lego/ pokemon cards, foreign coins, unopened glow sticks, new plastic farm animals, army soldiers, matchbox cars, playing cards, anything from a cracker is good!
12 Family Adventures
I’m really loving our little family adventures so far. The last two months have been fairly straight forward things that we have done before. March is more of a challenge – a sunrise picnic! Eeeek! I’m not good at getting up at the best of times. I’d love to hear if you’re following on with our 12 Family Adventures. You can use the #12familyadventures on instagram or pop your adventures in the comments below. Here’s a poster if you’d like to download it for ideas!