Winter nights are a perfect time to make tradition out of a family night hike. We call it, “taking the moon for a walk”—and it’s both thrilling and calming under any moon, at any age. Adjusting to the darkness and moonlight, smelling and feeling the cool air, hearing the noisy quiet that happens outside at night—these sensations never get old. Since the world gets dark early in winter, even the youngest children can participate, make memories, and still not miss bedtime by too much.
Simply the act of going outside the typical schedule is thrilling to little kids (We are OUT at night?!). Kids will also undoubtedly become more curious for having wondered about the outdoors at night and taken the next step to actually go and explore it. The experience of walking and noticing all that one can notice on a winter’s night sharpens kids’ senses, awakens their imagination and opens their eyes to a whole side of nature that young children rarely, if ever, experience. And, perhaps, taking winter night walks will become a winter tradition for your family too.
We think all families should be learning outside. Try this activity with your child and begin to see the power in outdoor, play-based learning. Have fun!Email it to me