During these long, light evenings, with school holidays well under way, 50 Evening Adventures — the third book by the adventurous Meek family — is a useful resource. Former teachers Tim and Kerry are striving for more outdoor quality family time and hoping to ‘use a little less cotton wool’ on their two young daughters — and they want to inspire other parents to do the same.
From wild swimming or kite-flying, to seeking out bike and skate parks, 50 Evening Adventures bills itself as another ‘kick up the bum’ for parents and follows hot on the heels of 100 Family Adventures and Learning Outdoors with the Meek Family. Although the ideas (divided into ‘Go’ and ‘Do’) are aimed at getting families to spend more time together outdoors from 17.00–21.00 during the week, there’s no reason why these suggestions can’t be used as inspiration for family holidays.
For instance, ‘Do: Look Up’ encourages families to spend time stargazing and planet-spotting — fantastic activities whether exploring Northumberland, Tenerife or Chile. There are healthy recipes, too, which are perfect for those thinking of camping, festivalling or motorhoming with the kids.
50 Evening Adventures: RRP: £12.99 (Quarto Publishing). Read the family blog at dotrythisathome.com
Published in the Summer 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller Family (UK)