Do you want to have a great time with your family?
JJ and The Bug is all about making it easy to enjoy family time together in the great outdoors. We’ve got the information you need to transform your next family vacation into an adventure. From finding new places, tips for traveling with kids, camping hacks, and even some simple activities that will help you connect with nature near home. You can find it all right here!
Our goal is for you and your family to have amazing outdoor experiences together. So get ready because there are so many adventures out there waiting for you!
Find Your Next Adventure Destination
There are so many ways to spend time with your family and get some fresh air together. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend trip or an extended vacation, these ideas will help you plan the perfect family adventure.
Family Travel Toolkit
The family travel tool-kit shares some of our favorite must-haves for active family travel that help make life easier on the road.
Camping is a great way to spend time together, but it can be challenging when you have small children. I’m not going to lie, camping with kids isn’t always easy! These are tips and tricks that have helped us make family camping more fun and less stressful for everyone.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting for your kids to explore it! Turn your backyard into an outdoor play lab full of fun activities, projects, and experiments. We share ideas that are easy and fun for the whole family.
The latest from JJ & The Bug:
Top binocular picks for kids of every age, plus a break down of all those technical specs so that it’s easy to pick the perfect pair for your child.
Looking for a spring break escape? Whether you want to see desert blooms, waterfalls, beaches, or snowy mountains, there’s a California spring break adventure waiting for you.
Keep them safe and comfortable on the trails or on the playground with these 10 amazing hiking shoe options for toddlers and little kids.
These camping books for kids are a perfect way to get them excited for your next camping trip or camping-themed story time.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is a wonderful place for family adventure, with gorgeous kid-friendly hikes, lots of lakes to splash in, creative educational programs, and volcanoes, volcanoes, volcanoes! Considering a family trip to Lassen? Check out our guide to family-friendly Lassen adventure here!
Looking for the perfect tent for your family? We answered tent shoppers’ top concerns with a list of our favorite budget-friendly camping solutions. Find your next favorite tent here!
We finally succeeded in growing strawberries and now we want more! Shallow root systems make strawberries ideal container plants, so we did some research to find the best strawberry planter ideas for small spaces. Check out our favorites here.
Mud painting easily combines sensory play, art making, and exploring the natural world. Use our simple mud paint recipe for hours of backyard fun in any season.
This is our ultimate guide to visiting Death Valley with kids, with must-see park landmarks, family-friendly hikes, lodging info, packing tips and ideas to help you get the family excited for your visit.
The ultimate guide to building a responsible Bug Hotel! Find out how to create fun spaces to help out your garden’s beneficial insects.
Hi, I’m Kristy. Thanks for stopping by! We started JJ & The Bug in the summer of 2020 as we transitioned from occasional weekend hikes to daily outdoor escapes that kept us from climbing the walls!! Our goal is to make it easy for everyone to enjoy family adventures together no matter where they are or what kind of gear they’re packing. You’ll find new places to go around the Bay Area and a bit further afield, travel tips, camping hacks, and even some simple outdoor activities your whole crew can do near home without much planning required.