WHAT am I going to do with these kids?

17 Mar

passport_1770x2360So we’re looking at a really long break from school, and while the school district is working overtime trying to come up with lessons and activities to keep kinds active and learning, chances are that won’t be enough to keep them from climbing the walls before this is all over.

Getting them outside is always a good idea (especially if the weather stays mild) but front and back yards offer limited entertainment. So I’ve given some thought to other local outdoor activities you can consider.

Today, I’d like to remind everyone of the Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness program.

Thanks in large part to the efforts of the all-volunteer Friends of Webster Trails, Webster has about three dozen trails and trail spurs just waiting to be explored. One of the best ways to do that is with the Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness Program.

Begun several years ago, the program encourages families to get out and discover trails, using a passport to record each trail they’ve hiked. Each trail has a marker post somewhere along it, which participants use to make a rubbing into the passport to prove they’ve been there.

During normal times, the passports could be picked up at any area Wegmans, but I wouldn’t recommend doing that right now. Instead, you can click here to print one off.

Also, prizes are normally awarded by the Webster Recreation Center for completing the passports, but I’m not sure that’s applicable anymore, especially since the Rec is closed for a while. Kids would still find it fun to complete the passport, though, and perhaps you can come up with your own incentives.

The trails included in the passport are: the Webster Arboretum, Bird Sanctuary Trail, Chiyoda Trail, Finn Park, Four Mile Creek, Gosnell Big Woods, Hojack Trail, North Ponds Park, Vosburg Hollow Nature Preserve, Whiting Rd. Nature Preserve, Webster Park and the Midnight Trail.

If you read through that list and didn’t recognize some of the names, you definitely have to pack up the kids and get out there. If you’ve seen them all…. well get out there again. Some exercise would do us well.

Read more about the Wegmans Passport Program here

Download the passport here.

By the way, if you can’t get enough of this program, Penfield and Pittsford also have passports, which you can also download from this link.

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