Family Friendly Hiking Tips

Having kids is no reason to stop hiking. If you’d love to pass along your love of the outdoors (or foster a new family tradition) here are 5 quick tips to get you going.

  • Adjust your expectations – You might not finish the whole hike the first time and that’s ok. Typically a child can walk 1km for every year of their age but don’t expect a 5 year old who has never been on a hike to meet that expectation rather make it a long term goal for the season.
  • Stop LOTS – I remember a friend telling me once “I like hiking with you because you take lots of breaks for snacks.” It’s ok to stop for a bite to eat and smell the roses when you are hiking, in fact it’s encouraged! Hiking with your kids is about the journey NOT the destination.
  • Know where you are headed – Even kids are goal oriented. If there is a waterfall at the end of the trail that makes for excellent motivation to keep going. Maybe there is a huge boulder or other landmark that can give them bearing for “how much farther?”
  • Let your child bring a friend – The power of social influence and conformity should never be underestimated.
  • Be a good role model – As you are hiking talk about what you see. Ask questions for your child to ponder. Look for signs of wildlife, unique and familiar foliage.

If the hike/walk is going well, consider heading home a little early. Better to end early on a positive note then push on in the face of waning enthusiasm.

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Drowning in flats of strawberries?

Strawberry season is in full swing here!

Have you picked up a flat of strawberries and wondering what to do with them all? Perhaps you’ve already made enough jam for the next year and looking for other ideas?

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One easy way to preserve strawberries is to clean them, hull them

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Harvest that Spinach and Freeze for Later!

Spinach is a cool-season crop and therefore doesn’t have a very long growing season in Kamloops, as the heat causes it to bolt too early. I’ve had some success in trying to keep it going, by growing it in a shady area. However, inevitably it will always bolt.

So what to do with all that spinach that matures at once and is about to bolt? Here’s a quick little method to freeze and save for later, in which you can add to soups, smoothies or whatever!

Directions:

1. Wash the spinach

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Stage One Theatre School-Summer 2014 Classes

Stage One Theatre Summer School with the Western Canada Theatre provides an opportunity for young people to develop creative expression while increasing their confidence.  These programs will be offered in Kamloops for ages 4-18.

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ACTING ESSENTIALS – Ages 8-12

July 7 to 11, 2014 (Monday to Friday)
8:30am to 3:30pm
Location: TBD
Instructors: Terri Runnalls and Jen Jones
Cost: $240 + GST

This week-long course will expose its students to the essential components of acting, including improv, tableaux, character

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Photography Camps for Children at Exposure Kamloops

Have a child age 9 to 12 that loves taking pictures? Want to give them a chance to learn new and exciting photography skills? Register them in one or both of our summer Camera Camps! These three day camps will teach them how to use their camera and surrounding environment to capture their ideas and create images that match their imagination. Each day a new engaging theme is used to teach a different element of photography.

Camp #1 (July 8th, 9th,10th):

* From the perspective of the LEGO man
* Superheroes

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