Get Outside With Kids

Get Outside With Kids

Life with kids is messy, why not get outside and have fun! Learn how to start small, find your crew, get the right gear, and spend more time outside with your kids. Podcast hosted by Jennifer Kolbuc and Kate Le Souef, recording from Vancouver, BC, Canada


October 5, 2022 18 min

We love mini adventures! But every now and again, we love to plan a BIG DAY OUT with our kids. 

How often? As often as you need! And what does a big day out involve? The only requirement is that you and your family or loved ones choose to spend the whole day together, outside. No scheduled activities, no devices, no distractions. 

Tune in to hear: 

  • Ideas for what you can do on your big day out
  • How to incorporate nature sketching int...
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    Did you grow up spending time in the outdoors? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. As adults, it can be hard for us to pick up the skills we need so that we can go on amazing outdoor adventures.

    Today we are talking to Christina Tutsch from the Wonder Outdoor School on the Sunshine Coast here in B.C. all about how adults can learn skills that will help them explore the outdoors (safely!). We also had a great conversation about risk a...

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    Our guests today have literally climbed massive peaks and go on some of the most amazing backcountry adventures with their kids here in British Columbia, Canada.

    Tyson and Shannon, the couple behind @restlesscrusade, are parents to adorable 4-year-old twin girls, who join them on backcountry hiking trips in the mountains.

    We asked them all about how they actually do this and had a great conversation about what we are modellin...

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    If you’ve always wanted to try gardening with your kids, this is the episode for you! We are joined by the fantastic Bri Brunner, who is a mom, volunteer, and community garden activist, as well as the force behind the Moms2Tables account on Instagram. Bri’s journey into gardening started right after she received a serious diagnosis for her kid, and has brought so many benefits. 

    Tune in to hear: 

  • How a recommendation from an occupa...
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    We love a mompreneur! And Jocey Newman is such a great example. On this episode, we speak with Jocey, the founder of First Peak baby and toddler clothing, about how she started her clothing line to help families feel more confident outside. 

    Tune in to hear: 

  • How a trip to Yosemite with her baby changed Jocey’s view about kids’ clothing forever.
  • Why Jocey and her husband packed up their toddler, their dog, and all the First Peak inv...
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    Let’s be honest, kids are not always excited about hiking. If they’re anything like our kids, the allure of their favourite playground might be so strong that they outright refuse to go hiking. So today we’re applying some marketing tactics to the problem! Tune in to hear: 

  • The words we use to pique their interest, and the “h” word that we definitely DON’T use
  • The things we pop in our backpack to encourage their curiosity
  • How hiking ...
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    Today we are laying it all out for you. Cue: the messiest, muddiest, silliest mistakes we made this summer!

    We’ve seen it all in just 3 months: injuries, gear fails, accidents, sunburned bums, mud, illness, kid meltdowns, regret… we tell you about all of it so that you can either avoid these pitfalls, or just have a good laugh with us.

    You don’t want to miss this episode, it’s easily our favourite episode so far! 

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    This week we are sharing what we learned from our kids’ very first overnight backpacking trips! Our eldest kids were 4 and 5 and a half when they did their first overnight camping trips, and we definitely learned a lot!! Tune in to hear:

  • How to pick a trail
  • How to prepare your kid
  • What gear to pack
  • Our snackegy (you know we’re making it a word) and the food we recommend
  • The things we regretted!
  • Gear we mentioned in this episode: MSR Hu...

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    August 10, 2022 14 min

    Hot weather and kids aren’t the greatest combo! Today we are sharing all the tips and tricks we use to keep our little ones cool (and to stay sane ourselves!). Tune in to hear:

  • How to plan your day to avoid burning your kids’ bum on a hot slide
  • Our favourite water activities
  • Our favourite icy activities and tricks!
  • How to stay cool yourself!
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    We love hiking around Vancouver with our kiddos! Today we’re sharing our favourite hikes in the region, along with all the tips and tricks that we’ve picked up along the way. Tune in to hear all the details about our favourite hikes, including:

  • Sasamat Lake, Admiralty Point and Jug Island (Belcarra Regional Park)
  • Lynn Loop (Lynn Canyon Park)
  • High and Low Knoll (Minnekhada Regional Park)
  • Lower Falls and North Beach Trail (Golden Ears P...
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    Diversity and inclusion have become hot topics in so many fields. But how do these topics actually apply to the outdoor world? 

    Today, we dive into this huge topic with Rike Moon, a passionate advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion. Rike works for a park agency here in B.C. and identifies as LGBTQ2S+ (and she’s also a mama in the making!) 

    Tune in to hear: 

  • Why it’s important to create welcoming spaces in parks and why ev...
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    Camping with kids under the age of 6 can be amazing, and, well, intense. Today we are sharing our hacks to make the most of your camping adventure by: 

  • bringing the right toys (think open ended toys like buckets, spades, bubbles, and even bikes if you have the space), 
  • choosing the best location in the campsite, 
  • researching hikes and walks in the area before you leave home, and 
  • encouraging little activities to engage your kids when ...
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    Sometimes you have to drive to get to cool outdoor locations. And unfortunately, kids and car trips are not always a great match. Today we share our tips for smoother and more enjoyable car trips with kids. Listen in to hear: 

  • What our kids love to listen to in the car
  • The games we’ve invented to occupy our kids
  • Our snack strategy (snackegy?!) to prevent those “but i’m huuuuuuungry” moments
  • How to prevent kids from feeling carsick
  • An...

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    Our guest today is no stranger to outdoor exploration and creating awesome communities of amazing women and moms. Jessica Sproat is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, and explorer.  She believes in the power of the outdoors, and is an advocate for access to nature for all.  She is the founder of a new app, TrailCollectiv, that seeks to break down barriers to accessing nature and the outdoors for people of all ages and abilities.  


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    Potty training is a major milestone when you have kids. And it’s easy to think you have to be confined to the house for days, maybe even weeks, until your kid reaches a certain level of accuracy. But today we’re sharing our tips (as well as the gear) that have helped us get outside even while potty training our kids.We talk about: 

  • the logistics of potty training girls and boys outside,
  • the gear that has helped us feel more confiden...
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    Summer camps can be a great way for kids to get outside and learn about their surroundings. Today we are joined by Hailey Renaud, general manager at Sea Smart. Throughout her career, Hailey has worked with more than 20,000 kids in camps at Sea Smart, Vancouver Aquarium, and in Ontario, and she has empowered all of these kids to take action for the ocean and the environment. Tune in to hear:

  • How to encourage your kids to learn (espe...
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    Weekends with kids can be packed full of activities and sometimes it’s hard to find the time for adventures.

    In this episode, we talk about our favourite way to pack in extra adventure every week. Tune in to hear how to :

  • remove the emotional labour and stress of planning outdoor activities with kids,
  • find some social connection in the middle of the week,
  • avoid weekend crowds at the busiest lakes and parks, and 
  • feel less like you’re...
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    Finding a comfortable way to transport your child can be your ticket to freedom as a parent. Today we talk about all the types of baby and child carriers we have tried, from when our babies were newborns all the way up to 4.5 years old.

    We talk about the features to look out for, like storage, sun protection, back support, buckle system, and many more, and share which models were our absolute favourites!

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    We are joined by Lauren MacLean to talk about taking school outside, and how we can inspire a love for outdoor learning in kids of all ages.

    This episode also contains our favourite ever example of a time when things did NOT go according to plan when getting outside with kids… trust us, you’ll have to tune in to believe this one, it’s a doozy!

    Lauren MacLean is a mentoring support teacher and host of the Mentoring Nature Connectio...

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    Planning a vacation looks very different after you have kids! Before kids, you can be spontaneous and move around between different exotic locations, exploring new cities and restaurants! After kids, that sounds, well, completely exhausting.

    Today we share our tips for planning a great vacation that gets you outside with your kids, whether that’s a big overseas adventure, or a long weekend close to home.

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