Active Families

Whether you’re stuck in the city or counting down the days to a summer road trip, we have a few expert-approved tips for exploring nearby nature

Your family’s next adventure begins when the sun goes down

Personal-finance guru Mr. Money Mustache breaks down how Outside readers can stop wasting hard-earned cash on expensive gear and trips and start putting it toward real freedom: the financial kind

I gave my 12-year-olds the Rand McNally on our 300-mile drive from Atlanta to the South Carolina coast to impart the joys of reading an old-school physical map

Here’s what to do when your little one brings up sea-level rise, extinction, wildfires, and other ecological griefs

He wanted to be the best man he could be. This required some bold and questionable choices.

The newest collection of recipes from James Beard–nominated chef Sarah Glover is geared toward parents looking to improve their outdoor cooking game. We’ve included two of our favorite recipes from the book.

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Facebook is developing a new app for children, and advocates think it’s a terrible idea

Everything you need to make the most of the very best season with your very best friend

Ambreen Tariq’s new children’s book tells the story of an immigrant family’s first camping trip and expands the canon of outdoor literature for kids

Proposed laws in more than two dozen states seek to exclude transgender youth from interscholastic sports, depriving them of community and confidence-building skills

The nonprofit Skiku has brought nordic skiing to thousands of Native kids in Alaska, where access to the sport has historically been limited

American kids are less likely to play in a youth sports league than ever before. But as 2020's surge in outdoor activities showed, we have a huge opportunity to get this generation moving again.

An ambitious new project is based on a straightforward and very attainable goal: to help kids spend as much time outdoors as they do in front of screens

With the right clothing, tools, and toys, your family can be happy and comfortable out there anytime

A new travel book offers an inspiring reminder of possibilities at a moment when we really need it

As any child will tell you, smartwatches are one of the most popular items on holiday lists this year. Be careful what they wish for.

The pandemic has robbed kids of vital socialization with friends—and put even more emphasis on the importance of spending time with them in nature. But what happens when your child is a nonstop yakker on the trail?

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Practical tips from two experienced adventure moms

Adventure photographer Chris Burkard's 'Unnur' is a gorgeous meditation on one Icelandic father's plan to raise his daughter (way, way) off the grid

It’s the perfect wilderness vehicle for children who are too small to get far on their own but too heavy to carry

With at-home schooling the norm in many areas, we put together a P.E. plan for a full semester of fun and creative movement

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Everything you need to explore new trails and savor more time in the outdoors with your family

Technology and hyper-anxious parents were destroying one of the last bastions of unfettered childhood long before the pandemic closed camps for the season

Creating a shelter in nature is fun, encourages creativity, and offers an emotional refuge from the pandemic

A good dog is an exhausted dog. Here's how to wear them out every single day.

'Lockdown Lulluby' follows six-year-old fisherman Dylan, who describes quarantine as "pretty weird right now… but also kind of awesome."

'Hermanas' follows sisters, cyclists, and musicians Ale and Gemma Casillas as they explore what those identities mean to the next generation

Beat back summer-vacation boredom with these seven games for the family

Wild kids and wilder counselors create the most fun—and learn the lessons that matter most

The climbing prodigy's book, 'How to Solve a Problem,' teaches youth how to approach seemingly impossible challenges

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From backyard birding to building stick forts, here's how to enjoy the outdoors this summer without straying too far from home

The strangest things happen at summer camp. Which is probably why we love it so much.

Can a lifelong tent pitcher with a penchant for roughing it learn to appreciate high-thread-count sheets and teak-floored showers in the midst of nature? Our editor agreed to suffer in the name of research to find out.

Laura King is out to inspire her eight-week-old daughter, Hazel, to go after her goals

From filmmaker Aaron Peterson, '24 Leeches' recaps what a family vacation looks like through the eyes of his son, Josiah

From ballads inspired by outdoor adventures to neighborhood sing-alongs, the Okee Dokee Brothers' new album makes staying home with kids more fun

The Brown Ascenders is out to have a good time—and to bring change and equity to the climbing culture

In 'The Art of the Mini Adventure,' mother-daughter combo Els and Pippa venture out for a microadventure near their home in Vermont

'Space,' a film from Gnarly Bay Productions and Howl Collective, reminds us that there's still adventure out there to be had

Socialization is the most important thing you can do to create a good dog. But how do you create new experiences when you can’t leave your house? 

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