I love summer because there is more time for adventuring around Duluth with our kids. Given that outdoor opportunities are endless in the Northland, we always make a summer outdoor fun list to provide focus.
This year, we added a crafty twist.
First, we brainstormed ideas. Using the round robin brainstorming method allows us each to take a turn proposing one idea until everyone’s ideas are presented. This iterative process encourages equal participation from all family members.
As parents, Tim and I try to be open to all ideas, but sometimes we have to talk about feasibility, like last year when Daley proposed to “go skiing at the indoor ski hill” in the Middle East.
Inspired by Nurture in Nature, we then wrote the ideas on clothes pins, color-coded by person, and pinned them to a bucket.
After each adventure, the person who came up with the idea will drop the pin in the bucket. At the end of the summer, we will have filled the bucket with the following Outside In Duluth memories.
Finley (4 ½ years old)
- Go to the flower shop, get 15 roses, put them on people’s front porches to surprise them
- Feed the hummingbirds
- Go dumpster diving
- Have a tour of a fire department
- Go camping on my birthday
- Build fairy houses in the woods
- Ride horses
Daley (8 ½ years old)
- Go fishing and canoeing at Twin Ponds
- Go see Lucie Amundsen’s egg farm
- Hike the Superior Hiking Trail
- Go on Vista Cruise
- Ride on big construction machines
- Go to a scrap yard
- Have a BBQ on the grills at Enger Tower
- Take an Alphabet Tour of Duluth
- Make spaghetti yarn bowls
- Take a Pier History tour at the Canal
- Swim at Pinehurst Park in Cloquet
- Go on a make-your-own-adventure adventure (details to come)
- Spend time reading in the Rose Garden
- Participate in Park Point Sand Castle Modeling contest
- Go brook trout fishing
- Float the Cloquet River
- Go fishing at Briar Lake
- Visit a new MN State Park
- Go blueberry picking
For more summer outdoor ideas, check out our review of our summer list from last year. It was a summer of fun!
How do you motivate your family to get outdoors more? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!