Getting out in nature has been absolutely crucial for our fam during this wild season. It's the time for us to release energy, to breathe, and to take in the ever changing surroundings as Spring turns to Summer. We've been able to notice these changes like never before- one perk of living a little slower during this time!
The North Shore is filled with so many amazing hikes, but for those of us taking young kids along, the steep cliffs, long trails, and rugged terrain can feel bit little daunting. We've discovered a few hikes that are shorter and less challenging- but still super beautiful! Here's a few ideas for family friendly hikes near the North Shore:
Demonstration Forest: We LOVE this place! Situated a few miles outside of Two Harbors, Demonstration Forest has trails, a small picnic area, and bathrooms (out-house style, of course!). One loop in particular, The Knife River loop is less than a mile long, and follows a river for a portion of it. I'd recommend going in the springtime while the river is flowing, but any season is beautiful. Pack a lunch and make an afternoon of it!
Knife River Hiking Trail: A family fave. This trail is located between Duluth and Two Harbors and is the perfect spot for a quick hike with an easy trail that follows the river. Beautiful running water in the spring, and lots of berries in the summer!
Bagley Nature Area: My kiddos and I have headed to this wonderful place every week this spring. I love that there are lots of shorter trails, and a shallow pond that is just the perfect size to make our way around. My children have loved seeing the pond change, welcoming in minnows, turtles, tadpoles, and so much new life as Spring turns to Summer. Bagley is a great scenic spot right in Duluth. It is apart of UMD, so you may need to pay for parking depending on when you go!
There's a few family hike ideas for you. I'd love to hear where your fam loves to get out and explore together!
Has anyone elses kiddos decorated approximately 2 million pictures in the past couple weeks? We've been on coloring/painting overload here with all this time at home. One fun project we worked on to add some variety to our creativity: nature paintbrushes. These brushes are a fun way to bring the outdoors in and to explore new textures. Plus they smell amazing! Here's a quick how-to on these little cuties:
Straight sticks (If you don't have access to sticks, you can purchase a bundle from Our Life in The Woods, a local etsy shop!)
Small branches from a variety of pine or cedar trees
-Cut or break off sticks to the size you'd like your paintbrushes to be.
-Divide the pine branches into smaller pine sections. Lay them evenly around one end of the stick, covering it on all sides.
-Wrap a section of string tightly around the pine branches, several times until they are secure. Tie the ends of the string together.
I hope this creative time with your kids is refreshing, friends! We can all use a little joy right about now.
P.S We'd love to see what you are making! Tag us so we can follow along as you create with your mini makers.
Local artist North Country Craft made some free coloring printables that would pair great with these brushes - find them here.
Spring is here! While it can be easy to see this season as dreary, filled with an abundance of mud and rain, I've been challenged to see the beauty in it. Though much of it's work is under the surface, Spring is filled with so much newness!
As many of us are currently home bound with our kiddos, we've created a printable scavenger hunt with them in mind. Hop with your fam into your backyard and discover the signs of Spring! We hope it breathes a bit of newness into you! Click on the button below to print it for free.