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The Beauty of Boredom

This summer, we’ve decided to take a closer look at the importance of fun and play in our lives.  There are plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy a family activity no matter where you live whether your idea of fun is visiting a theme park, strolling through a city park, or hiking through…

Picture Perfect

I love taking photographs.  At every party, reunion, vacation, or other special event, I always have my camera at the ready.  There is something almost magical about photography.  When you press that button, time stops.  Fleeting emotions suddenly become eternal and once-in-a-lifetime suddenly lasts a lifetime.  So how much to you actually know about photography? …

Regional Event: Spokatopia 2019

Today we’re going to share a post from our sister site www.stillwateroutdoors.com about the upcoming event – Spokatopia.  Now in its fifth year, Spokatopia is a great chance for adventure-minded, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels and ages to test out new gear, try a new sport, and make new friends.

Playing in Your Neighborhood

We believe in the power of play and the fundamental benefits of fun.  Imagine a world without fun … not pretty, right?  But everyone has a different idea of what is fun and everyone has different preferences for how they play. This is one of the major obstacles of family fun activities.  How do you…

Playing in the Wilds: How to Minimize Your Impact

Before we dive into ways to play in some of our nation’s expansive wildernesses, we figured it would be best to explore ways that you can minimize your impact while enjoying the outdoors.  We won’t go into the lifestyle choices that we all make which have an impact on our world, but will instead zoom…

Playing with Toddlers

Toddlers.  Though most of us don’t remember much of what being a toddler was like, those with toddlers in their family can probably attest to the fact that they are little bundles of extremes – extreme emotion, energy, and exhaustion, though that last bit usually references their parents.  Toddlers are often thought to be wild,…

The Importance of Play: Part Four

Well, for those of you who have been with us from the beginning, we’ve covered a lot of ground in our Importance of Play articles.  Now, however, we’ve reached the end.  Not the end of play, of course, but the end of our more detached, scientific view of play.  In this final segment, we will…

Importance of Play: Part Three

Welcome back to the third installment of our series on play.  Now that you know why play is important for children and adults, let’s discuss what play is. Play is something done, not for the outcome, but for the process. Imagine a child sitting down with a piece of blank paper and a box of…

The Importance of Play: Part Two

After reading Part One of this blog series, you may have a better understanding of how important play is in our children’s lives.  Play, not rigid and structured educational pressures, is vital for the development of a child’s mind allowing them to become more creative, compassionate, self-reliant, and successful throughout their lives.  Don’t get us…

The Importance of Play: Part One

Let me ask you a few questions … and answer honestly.  When was the last time you jumped in a puddle?  Or in a pile of leaves?  When can you last remember building a fort, playing pirate, or sledding down a hill?  Can’t remember?  Or did the general answer of “when I was a kid”…