Babes in the Woods & Hike ‘n’ Seek Scavenger Hunts
Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ popular weekday family hiking program. Caregivers and babies are welcome on these fun guided hikes through the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Babes in the Woods is an adult-paced hike designed for parents who carry their children. These hikes are not recommended for young children who walk. They meet every week, all year long, weather permitting.
Created with the graduates of our Babes in the Woods program in mind, the Hike ‘n’ Seek outings are geared towards toddlers and kids. Families enjoy nature-themed scavenger hunts that give young children the chance to explore independently, while building knowledge and appreciation for the outdoors. These hunts typically run weekly from May–September, and on school vacation weeks, weather permitting.
For both these programs, we recommend that you bring along snacks and drinks, and make sure to dress for the weather—depending on the season, some trails may be muddy or icy in spots. Please note that hikes are not accessible for strollers. No dogs, please. Our walks are cancelled only if it is raining or snowing hard, or if there is a wind chill of 25° or less.
The format is drop-in and there is no fee. Pre-registration is recommended; otherwise you will be registered at the trailhead. We hope you will consider supporting the Friends by becoming a member! We do ask that you print and fill out our short liability waiver form, which can be given to the hike leader when you arrive for your first hike. Our Events Calendar includes all Babes in the Woods hikes, and meeting times and locations are included in the calendar entry for each hike.
Babes in the Woods is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Middlesex Fells, Medford Family Network, the North Suburban Family Network, the Malden/Everett Family Network, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
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