Take a Break
Take as many water and shade stops as each person wants. Turn it into another picture stop or fun stop to keep them engaged. You do not want a hot, exhausted kid.
Set mini goals as breaks along the way, like a big boulder up ahead. Plan for a solid, longer break half-way through. Most hikes are either an out-and-back or a loop trail. For the out-and-back, plan to take your big break at the farthest point out. For a loop, it should be set up similar, with a great view or fun spot around halfway through.
If you find a flat, open area, let them loose a bit.
When you take the long break, now it’s time for sandwiches. If a lot of people use this trail, it’s common to see small mammals, like squirrels and pikas looking for food. No matter how cute they are, please don’t feed them, even when you see other people feed them. Don’t be like them.
Teach your kids about Leave No Trace, including your interactions with animals. And remember to pack it in, pack it out - grab all those little Fruit Roll-up wrappers.