Families

Many American families approach the snow and cold of winter as something to be endured, even feared. Scandinavian families, on the other hand, approach the cold as something to be embraced and enjoyed, and they even have vocabulary for it. The Danish word hygge, pronounced hoo-guh, describes the pursuit of joy and coziness, even when…

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Our son has always been a risk-taker. On a camping trip at 9 months old, he made a beeline for every campfire, trying to crawl right in and reach for the flames. Not yet 3, he ran full tilt into our pond, his legs churning forward even after his head was completely submerged.  My husband…

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If you’re planning on backpacking with young kids, you really want them to enjoy the experience so they’ll keep coming back for more. After multiple trips taking my two young backpackers into the woods over the past two years (when they were between the ages of 4 and 8), here are a few key tips…

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It was a rookie mistake. I had fed the kids a snack on the drive to the trailhead. By the time we parked the car and sorted the gear, those precious calories had been spent. With the parking lot still visible, an arms-crossed, “I’m not going anywhere,” tantrum occurred. The woods beckoned, but the choice was…

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If your kids are like mine, they’re naturally observant and curious—which can make everything from a simple walk in the woods to a challenging mountain hike an opportunity for questions. Lots of questions. We polled AMC guides on the common queries they hear from kids on the trail. We’ll leave the answer to the most…

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We had quite the deep freeze earlier this winter in the Northeast, which provided me with ample opportunities to play outside in the Arctic chill with my two boys, ages 6 and 7.  Here’s my advice for keeping kids warm and comfortable in frigid temperatures—because if they’re not, it’s game over for the fun. In my…

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I’ve always loved snowstorms. Beyond the simple beauty of a thick blanket of snow, all that powder transforms the world into a moldable landscape. As a kid, that usually meant building forts, tunnels, and sled jumps. The smallest spark of an idea could turn into a daylong project. We rounded up some advice—and some Winter…

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The second morning of our weeklong hike in the White Mountains was blue-sky beautiful. Standing with my group outside AMC’s Greenleaf Hut, I bent over to tighten the laces of my boots while our leaders outlined the hike ahead. It would be the most challenging day of the trip, and we were lucky not to…

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I’m going to find all of them!” my 5-year-old son, Gus, declares without missing a beat. We’re sitting around the kitchen table, as Gus and his sister, Mabel, age 7, ready their “acorns”: 22 wooden discs they’re painting with bright colors. My question to them: How many of these discs can you find a week…

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From breathtaking views to alluring rock formations, the White Mountains are a great place to plan your next family hiking adventure. Stay at one of our AMC Lodges and Huts or take a day trip with your kids. The outdoors are calling! Mount Willard Location: Crawford Notch Distance: 3.2 miles round-trip from AMC Macomber Family…

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