Day hiking activity for children: Game Show

Generally, exploring and discovery is enough for kids, but sometimes even they can grow bored with that and become restless. Remember that they naturally have shorter attention spans than adults.


Fortunately, there are lots of tried and true activities you can do on the trail that’ll keep kids from getting bored. Among them is Game Show.


If you have multiple children on a hike, pick a topic all are familiar with and have each one create two or three trivia questions. Each child then asks a question in turn. The other children may answer. Keep track of who answers the most questions correctly to determine the winner. If the children are older, the topic might be about where you’re hiking.

Materials:None needed.

Ages:8 and up.


Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.

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Comment by Rob Bignell on March 2, 2012 at 1:08pm

Thanks, John, I appreciate the compliment. I haven't met Janic; perhaps you could introduce us via email.

Comment by John Thielbahr on March 1, 2012 at 5:24pm
This is a great idea, Rob. And you live in a beautiful part of the country to make it happen. Thanks for all your posts here. I hope you have a chance to get to know Janice Swaisgood who leads our San Diego Coalition and is the C&NN coordinator for Family Nature Clubs. She would be an excellent regional connection for you. All the best, John

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