Impromptu Mini Adventures for Kids

Growing up, my brother disliked going to school – and he did everything he could to get out of it.

I remember one particular morning when he was really giving my mom a hard time about getting ready to go. Not putting up a fight, she dragged him into the car and dropped him off at the school drop-off area, leaving him pouty with a scowl on his face.

Later on in the day, my mother randomly decided to come pick him up early from school. On the sign-out sheet for her reasoning, she had the audacity to write “Boredom.” That woman had some nerve – but how sly and clever of her at the same time! It makes me laugh to think about now. Was it bad parenting? – Maybe… but maybe it wasn’t. Some things your kids can’t learn from school alone!

My mom and brother went on that day to have their own microadventure. While I don’t remember where they went or what they did, knowing my mom, she schemed up something fun, adventurous and informative on a whim – that was her style. What I do remember, was that it was an unforgettable day for both of them and they talked about it for days to come.

In the Movie Sex Tape, Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel’s adorable daughter (Giselle Eisenberg) asks, “Why do we keep having all these days and then going to bed at night and then having all these days and then going to bed at night?”

Segel explains: “That’s sort of what life is.” When she asks if it will ever end, her older brother (Sebastian Hedges Thomas) says, “It’ll end when we die.” But the little girl keeps going…”Won’t I get bored at doing this stuff again and again and again?…”

family-riding-bikes-streetSometimes, we need to show our kids a little adventure in life – we need to make it fun and deviate away from a life full of monotonous routines. Kids thrive on exciting excursions. Give your kids the thrill they need by taking them on one of the following impromptu mini adventures!


1. Go for a hike at sunrise


2. Take a quick camping trip to a new place


3. Jump in the car and go on a road trip to an unknown destination


4. Take a bike ride to the park and set up a picnic


5. Sleep under the stars


6. Set up lawn chairs and watch the sunset


7. Follow a river as far as you can


8. Skip stones in a pond


9. Jump in puddles after a rainstorm


10. Go rainbow-chasing


Chasing RainbowsI love the following quote from the inspirational adventurer, Alastair Humphreys,  “Adventure is only a state of mind. Adventure is stretching yourself; mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing what you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability. And if that is true then adventure is all around us, at all times.”

Challenge yourself by taking your kids on a spontaneous mini adventure today!

What has been your favorite mini impromptu adventure with your kids? We’d love to hear in the comments below!

Originally from Massachusetts, Lora came out to coLORAdo for college and decided she had found her permanent home (who can blame her since her name is in the state name)! She loves the outdoors and exploring all it has to offer by way of her favorite activities which include snowboarding, ATVing, hiking, and camping. Recently married, Lora lives with her husband and 2 dogs and hopes to expand her happy little family in the near future.

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