August is the traditional month of adventure in our home and sometimes the adventure is more ‘hardcore’ than others.
In 2006, before our two youngest little ones were born, we took the boys – then 9 & 11 – on a road trip. We filled the truck with camping gear, marked up our BC backroads map and drove north from Vancouver. We discovered a ghost town near Likely, saw a moma cougar and her cub in the backcountry near Williams Lake and had a black bear wander slowly across the corner of our camping spot, glancing at us with little interest before disappearing into the forest again.
Above is a picture of Josh, aged 9, looking out across Polley Lake, BC and below is a picture of Josh, aged 15, back from his adventures with Air Cadets. It would seem that the adventure bug bit hard for this one!
These days our outdoor adventuring is a little more limited. Having a 7 year old with autism, no sense of fear or personal safety and the urge to explore wherever and whenever the mood takes him, puts a bit of a strain on the old ‘lets explore the backcountry’ desires. Instead we opt more for day-trips, walks in the woods and adventures at home. Now that doesn’t have to be boring – in the last few weeks we have made ‘elephant toothpaste’ built fairy gardens and recreated many adventures we have watched during the rainy days.
Netflix suggested a number of adventure movies for bigger kids and adventure / exploration programs & movies for the smaller ones. This is the list we checked out:
For the big kids
1. The Adventures of Tintin
2. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
3. Tad: The Lost Explorer
4. The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure
5. National Treasure
6. Labou and the Quest for the Lost Treasure
So far we have enjoyed Nation Treasure, Labou & Tad-The Lost Explorer. Tad was by far the most popular of these. Not that they didn’t enjoy the others but Tad had that combination of animation and slightly more adult humour that really hit the right spot with our boys! Next on our rainy day of adventures list is – The Adventures of Mickey Matson – Copperhead Treasure.
Bizarre confession time!
I try not to influence our kids and let them develop their own opinions on most things but I have put Tintin at the end of the list & am hoping for September to come around before we watch it. Not that there is anything wrong with the movie -I’ve heard it’s great – but I have an irrational dislike of all things Tintin, always have had, since I was little. It used to terrify me for no particular reason and it still gives me the collywobbles, just looking at the movie poster! So there – my confession, I am afraid of Tintin!
For the Littles
- Dora The Explorer
- Wild Animal Baby Explorers
- Tree Fu Tom
- Rubbadubbers: Tubb’s Pirate Treasure
- A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures
- The Hive
There are few among us, with little ones, who have not sat through an episode or 20 of Dora. We know when to call out “Swiper, No Swiping!” and I have had many a day spent singing the backpack song in my head (either that or – I’m the Map, I’m the Map). With Netflix you have the episodes at your fingertips – no changing over the DVDs- and the other great bonus is that when you stop an episode – it waits right there and is ready for you to pick up again next time.
Our great new discovery is Tree Fu Tom. Not only does Tom go on great adventures but he includes your little ones. At the beginning of every episode G jumps up in order to perform Toms ‘Tree Fu’ moves with him. These moves shrink him down & turn him into an animated character who then solves problems in the natural world. Now Gabe wants to shrink down too! Obviously we can’t help him shrink but we can help him recreate the adventures in the garden and we have had many a fun day doing this.
So, as your family changes your idea of adventure or your ability to adventure may change, but no matter what your restrictions you can still have an awesome August adventure. You just need to widen your definition of what adventure can be & where you can find it!
Why not share some of your awesome August adventures with my readers? I would love to hear what you have got up to!