A sunny afternoon, the perfect opportunity to get the kids out of the house and into nature for a breath of fresh air. Hmm..what to do? Local park? A walk down the beach? I know! How about a treasure hunt! A Geocaching treasure hunt!
We have always wanted to give Geocaching a try but to be honest it all seemed a bit too hard, well, I’m here to tell you it’s not!
So what is Geocaching? Well, Geocaching is a real life outdoor treasure hunting game using a GPS-enabled smartphone. Players (that’s us!) navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container full of little surprises) hidden at that location.
These containers have been hidden there by other people who are also playing the game, you choose a location, hide the object and then register the GPS coordinates on the app so other people can find your treasures!
It is so much fun! First thing to do is download the Geocaching app from the AppStore then, pack a picnic, a sense of adventure and from there, you’re good to go!
It all sounds a bit tech heavy but trust me, your kids will be leading the way in no time! Simply type the name of the area you would like to explore into your app. The Geocaching map will then fill with little dots of the hidden locations of these exciting little containers.
All the dots on the map are locations, Black dots indicate a single treasure and the other colors indicate that there are multiple treasures, you then get clues which help you find them. The other thing to look for on the map are the numbered boxes, these indicate how many treasures there are to find in that particular area. This is a handy tip because you can then plan a whole days worth of Geocaching around the locations you’re visiting.
There are just three simple rules to remember on your Geocaching adventure…
Hubby took the kids to two different areas whilst I was away last weekend. Two of the treasures they found were quite easy, the other was a little harder to find as it wasn’t a container (this particular cache was a little key ring, “caches” come in all shapes and sizes)
The kids were rapt with the little treats they came home with and loved leaving the little toys they chose to replace the ones they took.
Geocaching is a fantastic family friendly activity we highly recommend! Free school holiday fun…now everyone has to love that!
For more info visit www.geocaching.com