Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

So Happy Together

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

So Happy Together

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THE family that plays together, stays together. And that is so true. We all like to do things on our own or with friends, but it's good to do things with our family too.

So, whether it's because it's the Easter holidays or just the normal weekend off from work and school, here are five fun family ideas for you to get active together...

1 GO CYCLING CYCLING is healthy, fun and encourages children to be more independent. If your child hasn't learned to ride a bike yet then that could be part of this challenge.

Sustrans, a UK charity which encourages people to travel by bike, foot or public transport, has lots of tips and ideas then, once you're all safely in the saddle and able to ride, you can join an organised cycling event or create your own. Start small and work up to longer, more testing rides. Try just a few circles around the block; visit friends or relatives; try a trip out to the park with a picnic in a rucksack or find a route on the Sustrans Cycle Network maps (www.sustrans.org.uk).

Remember - helmets are a must and make sure you tailor your rides to suit the ages of those involved.

2 GO ICE SKATING WE might not be Torvill and Dean, but we can still enjoy gliding around the ice at a local rink and, the more you go, the better you get.

Just remember to wrap up warm and put several pairs of socks on - invariably those boots can rub and, of course, it's chilly on the ice. If you enjoy it find out about lessons or, if you're a little nervous at first, start with a few lessons before you go skating on your own.

3 TRY GEOCACHING GEOCACHING is a treasure hunt for the digital generation. All you need is a handheld GPS and a sense of fun.

A geocache or 'cache' is a small waterproof treasure box hidden outdoors. Geocachers seek out these hidden goodies guided by a GPS enabled device which uses coordinates, or 'waypoints' downloaded from the geocaching.com website or you can download a free geocaching app for Android or iPhone.

On the side of a windswept mountain or on an expanse of beach, there are geocaches hidden across the UK including hundreds on our National Trust land (see their list of ideas on www. …

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