Are your kids getting cabin fever these school holidays? Last school break we discovered geocaching and it is a great way to spend time outdoors having fun without spending any money. I had heard the term geocaching in the past, but didn’t know what it was all about. I was curious though as my kids love to be outside and saw that I could download a free app to get us started. Geocaching is like going on a treasure hunt (Ethan said he was being a land pirate) using your phone GPS with the app to nativate to different coordinates. When you are getting close to the geocache (which is a container), the app lets you know to really start looking around. Once you find it, you write your name and date on the log within the geocache and can even swap little trinkets left there. If you take something you need to leave something of equal or greater value. You can also keep track of your finds within the app and leave notes about your experience. I was so surprised to find there were lots of geocaching opportunities right near our own home. Ethan has found 9 so far! He especially likes following the compass and has no idea about how educational it is (bonus). Ava is only 3 so doesn’t understand much of what is going on, but loves running about and exploring. I have to admit I got quite an adrenaline rush when we found our first container tucked under a bridge. It really is a lot of fun. Geocaches come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are opportunities to level up and seek out more advanced geocaches. You may even end up wanting to set up some geocaches of your own for people to find. There are also many resources to help you along the way such as kits and books. Geocaches can be found all over the world and I bet you walk past some every day!
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