bagsWe have almost all of our events for 2013 planned! The final details may change, so check back to the blog or Facebook page as the events get closer. Some of these events will require an RSVP, so watch for that as we get closer as well.

March 30, 3:30-5:00 p.m. – g2g at the Zoo (Farm Families program)

May 16, 6-7:30 p.m. – g2g goes Fishing at the Great Plains Nature Center

June 19, 5-6 p.m. – g2g Digs Into Books (near Central Library)

July 6, 10-11:30 a.m. – Icy Dino Dig at Exploration Place

August 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – g2g goes Creeking at the WATER Center

September TBD – Mock Camping at Lake Afton

October 2, 5-6:30 p.m. – g2g at Botanica (visit the Woodland Garden and learn about Tree Foods)

November 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Night Hike at the Great Plains Nature Center

December 14, 3:30-5:00 p.m. – Bird Watching in the Jungle Building at the Zoo


Celebrate summer, sleeping under the stars and being outdoors this weekend with the Great Backyard Campout.  Click HERE for details.


  1. All those wonderful g2g Outside events for Spring & Summer 2012!  Click HERE for a list of times and places for our g2g events this year.
  2. April 30 – Youth Volunteer Day at the WATER  Center.  Ages 8-15.  Register here.
  3. June 1-9 – Wichita River Festival, lots of community activities down by the Arkansas River.
  4. June 23Great American Backyard Campout – more idea, links, etc coming on this blog and on the NWF website.

What else should be on our radar for the summer?

Mark the calendar – March 31st

Have you been wanting to check out one of the Kansas State Parks?  On March 31, all state parks will host a Free Park Entrance Day, with open-house in the offices, allowing visitors to purchase park permits on the last day of lower off-season pricing.

Explore the beaches, scope out the campgrounds, walk the trails and more during this once-a-year free day at the parks!

Here are g2g’s Top Ten Ideas for Getting Outside during Spring Break 2012!

  1. Great Plains Nature Center – head to 29th and Woodlawn and take part in their scheduled programs, click here.  Or just walk with the family and see what’s already blooming.  Last time I was there I saw over 8 deer on my walk!!!
  2. Read a book in  your own backyard.  Spread out a blanket and read a book together or by yourself.  (This is good for kids AND adults!)
  3. The WATER Center is a great place to spend an afternoon.  Walk the nature trail, check out the newly rebuilt aquarium and all the huge fish inside, play a round of frisbee golf, or just have a picnic and listen to the birds.  The museum is awesome!  And, there are some new exhibits.  Museum open hours are 1p-4:30p, MWF. 
  4. Without the burden of homework and maybe fewer after-school-activities, take a walk or a bike ride everyday after mom and dad get home from work.  See what new paths you can take around your neighborhood.  What new things are happening you never noticed before?
  5. Sedgwick County Zoo has a Spring Fling over Spring Break.  Call 316-266-8213 for details.
  6. Check out the “Stars and Moon” program at the Lake Afton Observatory on Friday or Saturday, March 23-24. 
  7. Grab a camera, give one to your child and head outside to a nearby park or in your own backyard.  Take pictures of what you think is pretty, what you think is not so pretty.  Pictures of new leaves, old leaves, flowers blooming.  Can you find a bird and snap a pic before it’s gone?  What about a bug?
  8. Need a day trip?  Try the Wetland Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms and bird watch in a top notch spot!  Admission is FREE!  They are closed Monday, open Tuesday-Saturday from 8a-5p, and Sunday 1p-5p.
  9. Take a family bike ride to the store to pick a few things.  On a week, like Spring Break, that is less busy…see how long it takes you.  How many groceries fit in your backpacks?  Could you make regular trips to the store for small items instead of driving?
  10. Go Camping!  It can be an overnight trip in the backyard or a few days at a campsite.  Your kids will never forget spending the night in the great outdoors.  (Don’t forget the Smores!)  Here are a few resources for a campout with kids:  Camping Handout – comfort, safety, cooking or


It’s the time of year when we all think about our lives and how we can improve them over the next year.  We typically do this in the form of a New Year’s Resolution. 

Wikipedia defines a New Year’s resolution as a commitment that a person makes to a lasting personal goal, project, or the reforming of a habit. 


g2g challenges you to make a New Year’s Resolution that will be fun for your entire family!  How about speding MORE time outdoors this year than you did last year?!?!

Think about how many hours per week you or your kids spent just playing outside this year (sports practices doesn’t count).  Now, can you add an hour?  How about doubling the time? 

Our lives get pretty busy, so schedule outdoor play time!  I know it seems contrary to the word “play,” to schedule it.  But, if it’s on the calendar you wont be tempted to skip playtime or start doing something else instead.  Once the kids are outside playing they will soon forget that this was a scheduled activity. 

Save time for kids to play outdoors on their own, time together as a family, time exploring new places, and time just relaxing and observing the world around you.



Tell us what your outdoor play resolution is this year!  Post in the comment section below! 

Resolution Ideas:

  • Our family will play outside for at least an hour 4 times each week.
  • I will send the kids outside to play for, at least, the first 30 minutes they are home from school.
  • Our family will go camping at least twice this year.
  • Our family will take a vacation to a national park this summer.
  • We will try out a new park each month this year.
  • The whole family will take time to read outside every Saturday as long as it is not too cold or rainy.  (We have an umbrella and a tent, so we’ll even try in the rain!)

What are your resolutions??????

Curious about what to pack when taking your family camping? 
What are my options cooking in the outdoors?
How do I keep my TV-loving kids from getting bored? 

The “g2g Outside” crew has pooled their notes and done some research and has discovered a user-friendly website that answers these questions and more.  If you are taking your first hike down the trail of family camping, check out for lists and ideas.  We’ll bring along some of our tips and tricks to the “g2g Outside Family Camping” event on September 23, 2011.

Check out the g2g Car camping check list before you pack for your family’s next outting!

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