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Kids and Adults Benefit From Outdoor Play

Updated: May 25, 2022

We all know that being active is good for our bodies, but did you know that physical activity – especially outside – also benefits our brains?

According to Harvard Health, both children and adults are spending less time outdoors than previous generations. In fact, kids only spend an average of four to seven minutes a day playing outside versus seven or more hours in front of a screen!

This cultural shift strips children of the benefits of outdoor play and increases their risk of developing various health conditions. In contrast, playing outside helps children develop their executive function skills like creativity, multitasking, and planning.

This goes for adults too. Spending time in nature calms our brains and reduces stress, anxiety and depression.

The North Shore Adventure Park’s mission is to create opportunities to share the joy and benefits of outdoor play. At our 3-acre climbing park in Silver Bay, Minn. we offer fun, challenging and healthy activities for all ages and abilities.

We offer 65 aerial obstacles and ten zip lines for ages seven and up with five levels of difficulty, allowing individuals to climb at their own pace. Start easy and build your way up to more difficult challenges. Watch your children build confidence as they learn to take risks in a safe environment, and challenge yourself! Trying new things is great for the brain at any age.

Our guests describe their experience at the park as both a physical and mental challenge, and many are surprised at what they can accomplish. Don’t want to climb? Watch from the ground free of charge – that’s fun too.

And for your littlest ones, there’s nothing like an obstacle course to help them work on motor and problem-solving skills. (We’ve all played “the floor is lava, right?) We provide just that with our Li’l Rascals Playground for kids ages 3 to 6. It features low to the ground obstacles complete with a sit-down zipline.

The North Shore Adventure Park promises a fun, challenging, and unforgettable experience for the whole family.

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