Come Out and Play! Family Nature Club

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DSCF6760Do you ever need an incentive to get outside with your kids?  I certainly do.  I always feel so guilty when I see parents post pictures of themselves outside with their kids looking like they are having a blast because when I’m outside with the kids, I know I don’t look like that.  All I think about is will this game of tag ever be done?  Can’t you play by yourselves? It’s not that I don’t want to spend time with my kids.  It’s that now that I’ve been an adult for most of my life, I have found that the responsibilities of life have sucked out most of my fun-loving side.  

Do I want to go outside?  Yes. 

Do I want to stay outside?  Not, generally.

I need some encouragement to play with my kids.  I need some encouragement to be outside with my kids.  And I have just learned about something that might be the answer. 

Come Out and Play! Family Nature Club

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It’s a no-registration, no-obligation program that provides fun opportunities for children and their grown-ups to be outside together.  It’s non-structured playtime just being outside for everyone in your family.

Families benefit from being outside together.  We all sleep better when we spend time outside, and being outside encourages better health for everyone–physically, mentally, emotionally, and relationally.  It’s weird, but it’s true.  It’s like we were made to be outside.

All ages are welcome even the littlest ones.  

DSCF5418Come Out and Play Family Nature Club meets one weekday a month and one weekend day a month to accomodate all family types.  The leaders pick a different Minneapolis park to explore each month.  In April, the club is meeting at Peace Garden Robert Bird Santuary Lake Harriet.  The dates have been set of May as well.  

If this interests you like it does me, you can get more information on their Facebook page or through their MeetUp page.  You can also contact them at  


NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED, but they do ask you to RSVP so they can expect you.





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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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