Many people only promote what they are paid to promote. Disclaimer: I was NOT paid to promote this company or their app. I only do so because I think they are awesome. Each experience has added so much to my and Ben’s life – and if you have kids aged 0-10, I strongly feel it would add immense value to yours!
Adventure Clubs was created by Janelle Schroy a few years ago. As stated by her on the Adventure Clubs website, “I stood at the window, and put my head out, gasping for air, wishing I was anywhere but here — home with two children under the age of two. I was lonely. I was tired. Tired of the monotony of “the routine”. Frustrated with the lack of adult interaction and mind-stimulating conversation.”
So true! We all feel like that. Are we just “moms”? Many people class us as such. Tired, food splattered and worthless (or so you feel at times around organised, well-dressed people who seem to have it all together). My life changing moment came when I went on my first adventure. I met like-minded, friendly moms. I did something new and exciting. Ben had a great time. I felt renewed and invigorated and inspired. I once read a quote by Lisa T. Shepherd that said “In raising children, I have lost my mind but found my soul.” Thanks to Adventure Clubs, my soul and mind feel intact! 😉
The idea behind their company is to make an adventurous life easy for families with small children – as one of the most important things that we can do for our children is to spend quality time with them.
Their aims are to create childhood experiences that are:
As a brain-based, fun-loving, unconventional teacher… I love this! School, and life, is meant to be about GREAT experiences. Albert Einstein believed that, “Play is the highest form of research.”
Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognised by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.
Many studies have been done worldwide by organisations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics. Here are some of the findings:
- Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.
- Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children.
- As children play, they learn how to make friends.
- An important part of children’s play is learning to interact with other children – learning to share, negotiate, lead, follow, listen, collaborate, plan, imagine, and show affection
- Play also provides a state of mind that, in adults as well as children, is uniquely suited for high-level reasoning and insightful problem solving.
- Children are able to solve problems and make decisions in a safe space.
So, when our kids play, or “adventure” they are not just “having fun” – they are learning too!
With Adventure Clubs, Ben and I have experienced the following:
- eaten healthy foods… and enjoyed them!
- attended book clubs and read awesome stories
- been to Oranjezicht farm to learn about winter vegetables
- made our own pizzas
- fed and stroked farm animals
- made flower crowns and pretended to be a prince
- attended a Fancy Nancy tea party (because why should girls have all the fun?!)
- learned about music and movement. Ben’s favourite instrument was the djembe drum!
The list goes on and on, with each experience more awesome then the last!
Adventure Clubs has had such a profound impact on Ben’s social development and his growth in confidence. It’s also been a lifesaver for me after my miscarriage – a way to keep busy, socialise with other moms and spend quality time with my boy.