I love high-adrenaline activities but sometimes adrenaline can equal danger. Traveling with three kids 11 and under, this desire for thrills must be tempered with safety.
Fortunately, there are some fun adventures that can be done with little ones… that are also fun for the thrill-seeker in you!
Kayaking, or canoeing is one of the funnest and safest ways to get an adventure thrill while at the same time being quite safe for even a five-year old to do. You can usually find kayak rentals fairly easily and inexpensively.
Added bonus: kids are weak and tire easily – you’ll get a great arm and back workout!
We love the outdoors so finding great places to hike is always fun. When traveling, we choose to combine our love of nature with geography/geology lessons. We’ve climbed everything – from simple mountain sides to incredible volcano treks.
Added bonus: kids are weak and tire easily, you’ll get a great leg workout since you have to carry 16 gallons of water up and then back down.
This was something new for us but now we’re old pros. We’ve visited beautiful and gentle rivers, namely near San Ignacio, Belize where tubing is really a popular attraction. Basically, you hop on an inflatable tube and float down a lazy river. In Belize, these rivers actually went through caves to the experience was unbelievable. HIGHLY recommend it.
Added Bonus: kids are weak and tire easily, you’ll get to carry all of their supplies after they are soaking wet and get a great all around workout!
This one is almost too obvious that we may just miss it. But traveling in of itself is a great adventure. Sometimes the destination doesn’t matter, it’s the journey itself that brings excitement, craziness and thrills. On our family trip, we have traveled by car, ferry, car on a ferry, plane, train, boat, motorcycle, Uber, taxi, tuk-tuk, and the biggest thrill of them all – the infamous chicken buses of Central America. This was especially “thrilling” because it was so foreign to our kids (and us). There were literally about 50 people on a 25 passenger bus. It was wild.
Added bonus: kids are weak and tire easily and since there are no available seats on the bus, you get to carry them while standing in an awkward position – a great yoga-like exercise!
Bottom line, there are lots of fun and exciting activities to do with kids!