Outdoor Kid is all about getting you and the kids off the couches and devices, and outside into nature! They have created an awesome guidebook of 50 kid-friendly adventures in the Waikato, and is available for purchase online and as a fundraiser for schools and community groups. We spoke to Outdoor Kid founder Ceana Priest to learn more about what inspired her to start her business.
The passion: What inspired you to set up your business?
Having grown up in Whakapapa surrounded by nature, I wanted my son Finn to have a childhood filled with his own outdoor adventures.
With a lifelong passion for the great outdoors, I had completed my first 100km trail run before Finn arrived. After he was born, I struggled to find adventures we could both enjoy and so began my quest.
I struggled to find a website that could tell me whether the trail was buggy-friendly or a maze of steps. So I started Outdoor Kid to help other families discover kid-friendly adventures.
The Launch: How did you start out in the beginning?
My enthusiasm for sharing has seen the launch of my website, promoting family outdoor adventures (predominantly in Waikato, with a few in Bay of Plenty).
It helps other parents or grandparents find outdoor adventures for their Kiwi explorers to get muddy, clamber over trees, discover critters or just tear around on their bikes.
Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?
Luckily it’s a business that Finn can come with me on. All the walks are for kids so we enjoy exploring them all.