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    As we head out caching we have found that the caches are getting few between for the kids to enjoy. As I pull into a guardrail I hear one of our kids ask "is this a kid one? I want a kid one!". I enjoy doing all caches, for the most part they are atleast unique but what about some that are for the kids to enjoy? Now i have be thinking of placing some new caches that are really out there for the kids, maybe some large caches, because i know how excited they get looking through the swag. So how about creating a kid friendly type challenge for placing some caches they will enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hide_from_the_kids View Post
    As we head out caching we have found that the caches are getting few between for the kids to enjoy. As I pull into a guardrail I hear one of our kids ask "is this a kid one? I want a kid one!". I enjoy doing all caches, for the most part they are atleast unique but what about some that are for the kids to enjoy? Now i have be thinking of placing some new caches that are really out there for the kids, maybe some large caches, because i know how excited they get looking through the swag. So how about creating a kid friendly type challenge for placing some caches they will enjoy.
    Sheesh! "Kid friendly"? Even some of us "big kids" enjoy pawing through a box of swag! (It's even getting hard to find a container big enough to get a TB tag into!)

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    we can even get the big kids included. whats your favorite type of swag?

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    My son made me promise no micros the last time we were out caching and it was really hard because we were in Lewiston. I found enough that weren't micros but I had to drive by some micros. It was his day so I did it.

    I would love to get some ideas for placing more kids friendly caches. The kids don't neccessarily want something that is too easy to find but the really big caches can be hard to hide. They have a high muggle detection level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hide_from_the_kids View Post
    we can even get the big kids included. whats your favorite type of swag?
    Unscratched lottery tickets! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by balinda View Post
    I would love to get some ideas for placing more kids friendly caches. The kids don't neccessarily want something that is too easy to find but the really big caches can be hard to hide. They have a high muggle detection level.
    Caches don't have to be hard to find. Usually, even little kids can find a cache hidden under a big pile of sticks. Just find a place where there won;t be any muggles...

    I think the hardest type of kid friendly location RULOST2? and I have encountered is the cache at the covered bridge. There are usually so many rocks a cache could be behind... It really give the kids a workout.

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    It is my hope to keep the caches at Hirundo, big and little kid friendly. BUT the black flies and mosquitos need to go first.......they are NOT friendly (as recent finders have noted)!

    Wait until the bugs are gone and these caches, for the most part, will be containers which can contain swag. The first one is a Letterbox hybrid so there is an opportunity to teach kids about letterboxing too. The goal is to also put some out for finding in the winter on snowshoes this winter (no bugs then!).

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    All the caches here in CANAAN, are kid friendly and beginer friendly. They are all in great locations and good coords. OH DEER!!!!! is especially kid friendly.( just check out the logs.) This whole geocaching started as a TREASURE HUNT.Big and Little kids love treasure!!!! Micros are more about the numbers.
    OH DEER!!!! ... Lil' Green Cache .... Mummamea ... Way down in the hollow tree ... IN THE BIRCHES ... Slab City and then on to Skowhegan for about 10 more!!!!!!
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    I agree, even though I don't often take anything from a cache besides sig items, the anticipation of what others have left in caches is great. It makes me feel good about the game when you find a cache full of stuff that someone else may enjoy, especially kids.

    To me, kid friendly would mean more than it's safe - if you can consider any guardrail or electrified lamp post safe. If it was up to me to be what defined kid friendly, it would probably be up to .75 mile round trip of relatively safe terrain (and away from traffic and electrical wires) and a mid to large size container, and fun.

    Lee and I took my honorary niece and nephew to a few caches in the Trenton area a few weeks ago. We were pleased to see some full size containers and uniquely hidden caches which were easy enough for the kids. We found caches by Ems Daniel, parmachenee, hardwareman, and gilleygirl and the GeoKids. kudos to them for hiding caches suitable and enjoyable for kids.

    Lee's new cache is kid friendly as well, was designed to be fun, and takes long enough so you're not taking more time getting the kids in and out of the car than it does to log the cache. And maybe little kids might spot stage 3 faster than the big kids?
    DNFTT! DNFTT! DNFTT!

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    do a pocket query of the general area you would like to cache in, request the ones that have the bigger containers as those tend to have the trades in them and can avoid the micros. also, its a great way to filter out what you want in gsak.

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