Single Moms: Try a Nature Staycation with Kids

By SMW Staff

NatureRocks3Most of us single moms have childhood memories of special places outdoors where we would play for hours. Maybe it was climbing our favorite tree or the camping spot our parents took us by a creek where we caught tadpoles or the hiking trails through the woods where we’d explore with our friends.

Play in nature has always been one of the most important and fun parts of growing up. But, this generation of kids is spending less time outdoors than ever, even though research indicates that children who play in nature are happier, healthier and smarter.

So when Nature Rocks contacted us about their program after seeing our articles on Free National Parks and Free Staycation Ideas for Single Moms, we thought it was worth sharing. There is still a lot of summer left, so take advantage of this free resource and enjoy the wonders of nature. Here’s more:

Nature Rocks is a national program designed to inspire and empower families to play and explore in nature. Their mission is to make it easy for you and your family to have fun in nature, and connect with others who like to do the same. Research shows kids that play outdoors and connect with nature are generally happier, healthier and smarter. And besides, it is generally free and a rockin’ way to create and share fun quality family time.

At, parents can find 100+ fun, easy-to-implement, inexpensive (or free), and interesting activities based on your specific needs (time available, ages of children, etc.) The parent-friendly website offers a search tool for you to input your zip code and quickly find a list of nearby parks, forests, and locations that offer nature tours, classes and even gear. You can also take advantage of additional tools to invite family and friends to join in Nature Rocks activities – spreading the fun and turning nature adventures into adventure parties.

With its wide range of activities, in-depth information and plethora of tools, how-to’s and tips, Nature Rocks ensures that any family – whether you’re outdoor enthusiasts or nature novices – can enjoy getting into nature without getting in over your heads.

A Nature Staycation is a great vacation alternative this summer, as many American families are seeking quality family getaways at a lower cost. Make sure to download The Nature Staycation Planning Guide. This directory provides parents with useful tools to help plan a wide-range of close-to-home activities, regardless of where you live.

Other SMW Staycation Ideas for Single Moms

National Parks: 6 Fun Free Family Vacations

Free Summertime Staycation Ideas for Single Moms and Kids

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