Explore all year round

Join today and enjoy exploring again and again with a family membership.

Find out more

Parents home

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 will get you and your family out and about exploring the Great Outdoors. To find out more, check out our short video

What kids can do on the 50 things site

  • Interact with their very own virtual Outdoors Explorer, which will motivate and show them around the site 
  • Keep track of the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' adventures they have completed
  • Earn rewards to personalise their virtual Outdoors Explorer when they complete each of the 50 things adventures (plus discover some secret challenges along the way!)
  • Get top tips for each adventure, unlock cool games, earn badges, and collect certificates and secret rewards

About

What's 50 things all about?

There's nothing quite like fresh air, exercise and family time. You can't beat the fun you have in the Great Outdoors and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

But sometimes convincing your kids to get outside can be a bit of a struggle. That's why we've created '50 things to do before you're 11¾'.  We want to encourage kids to get mucky, discover their wild side and most of all enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer!

Join in the 50 things parents chat on our Netmums forum thread and share your top tips for a great family adventure!

 

Download the full list of activities
  1. Using the site

    How does the website work?

    • Either sign up your kids yourself, or allow them to sign up on the homepage.  You'll be sent an activation email and walked through a simple account activation process. Then your little explorers are ready to meet their very own virtual Outdoors Explorer, who will show them around and encourage them to get outdoors! 
    • Together you can explore all 50 things, with added videos and instructions, and extra tips to help you all get the most out of each activity
    • As they complete different activities, your kids will be able to personalise their virtual Outdoors Explorer and receive rewards
    • There are some fun games, certificates and secret challenges for the best explorers to unlock along the way
    • The more activities your kids complete, the closer they'll get to earning a special Explorer badge (and a secret reward)

    Where can my kids do the activities?

    Our site will tell you the best places to enjoy each adventure, whether it's in your back garden, the local park, or at a National Trust property near you.


    How do I get back to the kid's section of the site?

    Once your child has registered, you'll be sent an email to activate their account. Once you've activated their account, simply hit the blue 'LOG OFF' button at the top right hand side of the page, and use your child's login to access the kid's area!

     

Safety

Safely taking part in activities


Safety is really important to us, and there are lots of tips on how to become a 50 things expert safely on each of the activity pages.  We've also added below some general advice and links to useful websites* containing more information and safety advice.


*Please note that all of these sites open a new browser window. While we've made every effort to check the websites we have linked to, content may change and we cannot accept responsibility for third party sites.


General advice for parents

  • When dealing with soil, animals or natural water sources:
  • Make sure any cuts or wounds are covered with waterproof plasters to avoid infection
  • Discourage your child from putting anything in his or her mouth
  • Wash your child's hands thoroughly afterwards
  • Make sure your child wears warm, weather resistant clothing during any activities involving water or snow
  • Make sure your child wears suitable footwear for any activities that may involve slippery or uneven surfaces
  • Check weather reports before any activity and avoid trees or natural water sources in wet or windy conditions
  • Supervise children at all times during these activities
  • For more challenging activities, find an organised event to ensure the safest conditions for your child

 

Climb a tree

 

Build a den

Fly a kite

Catch a fish with a net

  • Be gentle when fishing with a net and put it back quickly
  • Keep cuts and wounds covered with waterproof plasters
  • Read more about pond safety

Eat an apple straight from a tree

  • Give the apple a wash before eating it and look out for maggot holes
  • Ask the owner of the tree for permission beforehand

Play conkers

  • Help prepare the conker for your child.
  • If you drill the hole with a power drill it means the conker is less likely to split when playing and is safer than making a hole with a sharp object

Go on a really long bike ride

Dam a stream

  • Be careful of any wildlife that may be living in the area
  • Small streams with gentle currents are safest

Play in the snow

Play pooh sticks

Jump over waves

Pick blackberries growing in the wild

Explore inside a tree

  • Pick a sturdy tree that's not likely to fall   
  • To be super safe, it's best to avoid windy or wet weather

Visit a farm

Hunt for fossils and bones

Go star gazing

Explore a cave

Find some frogspawn

Discover what’s in a pond

Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool

  • Rocks can be slippery - supervise your child at all times and watch out for hidden dangers such as crevices
  • Make sure you choose an area that won't get cut off by the tide
  • Read more about rock pooling safely

Catch a crab

  • Check the surroundings and make sure it's safe
  • Male crabs can be aggressive towards each other so don't put too many of them together in a small bucket
  • Keep crabs in a bucket full of sea water away from direct sunlight
  • Be sure to release the crabs back into the water afterwards
  • Read more about rock pooling safely

Go on a nature walk at night

  • It can be difficult to spot hazards at night, so walk the route in the daylight before attempting it at night
  • Don't forget to take a torch

Go swimming in the sea

Build a raft

Try rock climbing

Cook on a campfire

Learn to ride a horse

Find a geocache

Canoe down a river

Back to top