The Adventure Combination Game

Fun times outside for the whole family

River Rascal By River Rascal

Trying to create a plan every weekend that’s both practical and motivates the kids to come on an adventure can be tricky. Ben & Miriam from River Rascal may have the answer to your prayers with this simple yet genius game to get the whole family outside.

Child swinging on tree branch
Child snorkelling
Child looking out over beach

It’s 7:00am on Saturday morning. ‘Dad, what are we doing today?’ In my sleep deprived, incompetent state I realise we have zero plans for the weekend... BIG PROBLEM. We’re seriously under-prepared if we want to both entertain the kids and actually get to enjoy the weekend ourselves. Yet I need an answer asap if I want to avoid hearing this question 47 more times before breakfast. Panic.


I begin frantically googling for inspiration whilst scratching my empty noggin. Half an hour later, after clawing a vague plan together, I confidently announce it to the children. And… it’s a big fat “NO”.

Unthinkingly I respond with: ‘Well, what do you want to do?’. Another mistake. They inevitably reply with: ‘I want to [insert child’s idea that you definitely DO NOT want to spend your weekend doing]’ and the arguing, blackmailing, bribing and tearing out hair begins.

After coming to some sort of wretched agreement we hurriedly leave the house, forgetting 63% of the essential items needed to actually execute our idea (including shoes for one of the children).

Not long after, we’ve turned tail and returned home, wondering whether we’ll ever get these complex, unreasonable humans outdoors again. Sound familiar?

The benefits to getting your kids outdoors are mind-boggling, but the barriers can be humongous.

Child climbing a tree

Here's where the Adventure Combination Game could help...

There’s a Norwegian concept called ‘the doorstep mile’, which is a wonderfully poetic way of saying how difficult it is to leave the comfort of home for the discomfort of the outdoors.

The experience of trying to cross ‘the doorstep mile’ with my kids is what motivated me to create The Adventure Combination Game. Trying to create a plan every weekend that’s both practical and motivates the kids to come on an adventure can be tricky.

Dad throwing child in the air
Child with crab
Child in park

Here’s three reasons why the adventure combination game helps to overcome this challenge;

  1. Involving kids in the planning process gives them ownership over the adventure and therefore, motivates them to get outdoors.
  2. If something isn’t written down, it doesn’t happen. The ‘Our Plan’ section will sort your plans out for weeks.
  3. Centering time in the outdoors around a challenge is like heaping rocket fuel on learning potential. KABOOM!

You can download a free copy of The Adventure Combination Game here.

The Adventure Game
The Adventure Game

How to play

There's just 4 simple steps:

  1. Choose a challenge
  2. Choose a location
  3. Choose a bonus item
  4. Grab the bits and bobs you need, cross the doorstep mile and make some thrilling venturesome memories (and don’t forget the kids shoes

Enjoy!

Girl jumping through sand dunes

Published 24/10/2019

River Rascal By River Rascal

About:

Ben and Miriam run River Rascal, a brand obsessed with outdoor ventures with kids. You can download a free copy of The Adventure Combination Game here.

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