4 Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer in Montana
My kids are constantly telling me they are bored in the summer. They always want something to do. I always have plenty of chores for them to do but they don’t seem to want to do them for some reason. Over the years I’ve come up with a few things to do with my boys to keep them busy during the summer.
Bike the Hiawatha Trail
Located at Look Out Pass on the border of Montana and Idaho sits a 13 mile-long old scenic railroad trail that contains eight tunnels and seven train trestles. A 1.7 percent downhill grade and a bus that shuttles your bike back to the top make this a great ride to do as a family. For those who are more adventurous, you can always choose to bike back to the top of the trail.
Camp out in the backyard
My boys love sleeping in a tent. We don’t even have to pack everything up, drive for hours, unpack everything and then sleep in the woods for days. All my kids need is a tent and sleeping bags and they will sleep outside for days. When my boys were younger, my husband would camp out with them and the dogs and I got to have the king sized bed all to myself.
The great thing about kids is that size doesn’t matter. As long as you can find a little hole where the fish are biting, your kids will be thrilled to catch even a minnow. The more bites they can get on their little poles, the more exciting it is for them. My favorite thing about fishing when I was a kid were the fruit flavored, colored marshmallows we used for bait. Kids and fish love them.
This is not one of my favorite activities to do with my bare hands, but my boys love it. However, I will participate as long as I have a net. I do make a great cheerleader for my kids, though. It’s amazing how a few creepy crawlies can fascinate kids.