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A Family Adventure: Exploring Kings Canyon National Park with Kids Under 5

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Interested in visiting Kings Canyon National Park as a family and need ideas of what to do with your little ones? Here are some suggestions for a fun day trip for families with kids 5 years and younger:

  1. Take a scenic drive: Kings Canyon National Park has many scenic drives that are perfect for young children who may not be able to hike for long distances. The Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is a great option, as it offers stunning views of the canyon and the surrounding mountains.
  2. Visit Grant Grove: Grant Grove is a popular area in the park, with a grove of giant sequoias that are over 1,500 years old. The Grant Grove Visitor Center is a great place to start, and there are short, easy hikes that are perfect for young children, such as the Big Stump Trail.
  3. Go on a picnic: There are many picnic areas throughout the park, where you can enjoy a meal with your family while taking in the beautiful scenery. Make sure to bring along some games or activities to keep the kids entertained.
  4. Attend a ranger program: Kings Canyon National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs, including guided hikes, campfire talks, and wildlife spotting walks. Check the park’s website for a schedule of upcoming programs and events.
  5. Explore the meadows: Kings Canyon National Park has many beautiful meadows that are perfect for exploring with young children. Take a leisurely stroll through the meadows and see if you can spot any wildlife or wildflowers.
  6. Visit the Kings Canyon Visitor Center: The Kings Canyon Visitor Center is a great place to learn about the park’s history, geology, and wildlife. The center also has interactive exhibits that are perfect for young children.
  7. Go on a short hike: There are many short, easy hikes in the park that are perfect for young children, such as the Zumwalt Meadow Trail or the North Grove Loop Trail. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks, and let the kids set the pace.

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Remember to always prioritize the safety and well-being of your children, and make sure to follow park guidelines and regulations. Have a great time exploring Kings Canyon National Park!

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Authentic Adventures is a vendor for Central Valley Regional Center. If you are a CVRC client and interested in going on an adventure or being a part of our social recreation program, you will need to contact your service coordinator to send a referral prior to booking. If you already have a referral, please contact us with dates that you are available and we will get you booked!