Your little ones have done the same puzzle fifty times, you are bathing in the light of your computer, the atmosphere isn't great.
It's time to open the door, get out the binoculars and let adventure lead everyone towards exciting experiences.
It doesn't matter if you're in a van or on the back of a donkey, on foot or by bike, if a trip to the country is on the agenda then there will be plenty of great times and family activities.
Let’s go, gang!


What is a family micro-adventure?

Pitching the tent at the edge of the neighbouring forest has, for the marmots, about the same value (or nearly) as crossing the Egyptian desert on a camel’s back.
A wonderful and unique adventure, and the fact that it’s happening just a few kilometres from home doesn't make it less exciting.
And it's one of the many lessons that your kids can pass on: to know how to experience local, short excursions as much as the big trips that parents dream of.


The family microadventure is about experiencing an intense and original experience for parents and kids.
Intense doesn't mean a rushed adventure.
Just the opposite, the microadventure takes you away from the normal routine, it's surprising, intriguing, may include sports activities or not, it's agenda isn't fixed so there is room for improvisation.
It takes its comfort in the fresh air of the countryside.
It’s short, from a few hours to a few days.
It doesn’t cost much as you won't be far from home and don't need to buy equipment.
This makes it environmentally responsible, easy to organise and appealing with its unpredictable nature.
All good.

Depending on your preferences and available equipment, the wild one can choose to play under the shade of the trees, take the bikes to see a sunset, open the tent in the golden light of a clearing or even fly a kite in the wind.
Or something else.
Why not get everyone to put forward a suggestion?
Everyone writes down their microadventure idea on a piece of paper in a bowl.
A random draw with great fanfare announces the programme of festivities outlined by the winner...

Why go on a family micro-adventure?

Because it will do you so much good.
Getting outdoors in the beautiful countryside is a very effective way to brush away the burdens of everyday life.
As well as stretching the legs, your kids can express their curiosity and feed their imagination, the grown-ups can offload their small anxieties and let the joy of living take over.
As our Decathlon Outdoor platform suggests, go outdoors!


The joy of discovery, adapting, interaction

The microadventure provides the opportunity to experience unusual moments as a family while enjoying the beauty of Mother Earth.
Climbing to the summit of a hill, reaching the lake to jump in the water or joining the tipi camp all require effort and patience.
The microadventure is a good way to test yourself and to rediscover everyone's characteristics, both kids and parents, through the solidarity and listening that it brings about.
Make sure not to put together a programme that is too physical and/or of no interest to the kids.
To this end, talk, listen, adapt, have fun and don't be confined to a strict agenda.
Know that freedom is at the heart of the microadventure.


Before leaving, check the weather conditions and the elevation of your route if you’re in the mountains, don't go in blind.
By following everyone’s pace, the microadventure will deliver a bit of everything.
If it rains and you are well-equipped then don't give up as country trips under water offer a richer sensory experience.
The smell of the vegetation, the noise of the rain, the water flow and puddles to step in are such simple pleasures that nature has to offer under the showers.

Let’s note that the microadventure is not about looking for “performance”, it can easily do without a “sporty” side and is much more about wanting to discover, explore and be surprised.
By the way, this is what gets kids interested.
If you're cycling along a river and the kids spot a goat farm to visit a few hundred metres off route, that changes your plans... so much the better, make the most of the unexpected!

Senses awakened, curiosity stirred

Exploring the countryside or the mountains with the family awakens the senses and gets rid of everyday stress.
As you go along, you pay attention to the landscape, look closer at the plants, a rock, the ground, you listen to the murmurs of nature, you marvel when you come across wild animals, and at night, the stars twinkle in everyone’s eyes.
Smells and colours come through in the wind’s whisper, you get active then cool off in the river, the body is happy to be moving and the mind is at peace, far from any screens.
Through this slowed down connection, the experience is rich and the memory making machine is fully operational. Flaubert said, “For something to be interesting, you just have to look at it for a long time”. The family microadventure is the perfect opportunity to put this saying into practice, it pricks your curiosity and makes life fascinating so make sure it's marked in your family diary.


If you're worried that your kids will be bored, do not fear, they will be delighted, nature feeds their creativity!
They might want to set up a cabin, build a water mill, start toread a hiking map, or learn to use a compass.
No doubt they will have questions about marking a trail, the plants, animals, relief, landscapes and they may ask how to light a fire, make water drinkable or repair a bicycle tyre.
In short, they will satisfy their thirst for knowledge and something new.

Our family micro-adventure ideas

Bicycle getaway

On the saddle!
Your chariot awaits, ready to welcome young travellers, jump on, grab the handlebars and watch the landscapes gently scroll past.
Your kids experience slow travel on a bike, you cross small villages, forests and countryside, you follow rivers with a curious eye that picks up on the details.
Nevertheless, by travelling 30 to 40 km a day, your kids will see the country and the cycle routes are pleasant and safe.

Explore on foot

The simplest, most accessible and practical means of transport to go on a family microadventure is... walking of course!
On your marks, set? go.
Everyone has their own pace, stay calm, from a stroll to a hike the key word is “discovery”.
Leave room for improvisation so that everyone can go along with it.
On a trail you've never taken, under a dense forest, with a sea view, on snow with snowshoes or on ice, let the family’s adventurous spirit take over your route.


Hike with a donkey, adventure’s best friend!

Using the bridle, your little ones will lead their donkey through hills and valleys discovering the surroundings.
Your kids will be thrilled.
Sharing the trails with this endearing, intelligent animal that eats very little and carries up to 100 kilos on its back, is a real chance of a lifetime for tribes of microadventurers.
This means you can carry more with less effort.
A good way to go on family hikes that wouldn't be possible without this friend joining the adventure.
Everyone just needs to get used to its very impressive braying, “ee-ore, ee-ore”!