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“I’m booooored.”
“There’s nothing to dooooo.”
“Are we doing anything FUN today?”
“Mama, can I have more computer time?”

Most moms and dads will recognize the familiar script of summer time with children. I have the usual things lined up…we’ll go to the zoo, the museum, the art museum, parks, the library, the pool, but eventually they’ll tire of those things and ask for something new to do. If this sounds like your house, then I have a great solution.

It’s called GEOCACHING. And it’s seriously so much fun.  All over the world, and most likely in several places in your town, there are boxes hidden along trails, up in trees, on the street, under water, etc. These “caches” are hidden anywhere a person has chosen to hide one. Just go to the website and sign up for this FREE service. You can look up coordinates to a cache and even have it sent to your GPS or smartphone. Then head out with your children and start looking!

When you get to the general area, the hunt begins because the cache is hidden. And watching your child or children hunt around for a hidden treasure might be the most fun part of summer. After finding the cache (which can be an envelope, box or even small bottle) open it, sign the log with your names, and take a trinket from the box.  The rule is to have a small trinket with you to leave in its place for the next child to find.

Geocaching is a worldwide scavenger hunt! It’s a great way to get out of the house, explore your own town or neighborhood and immerse yourselves in the environment. It’s even a great way to explore the places where you take vacations. Everyone gets exercise and if you decide to go all-in, you can start leaving your own caches. Try it out and let us know what you think of it!