- Published on Monday, 04 May 2015 14:43
- Written by Breanna Bright
No more homework, no more uncomfortable desks, no more people saying, “sit still and pay attention.” This is the time of year to be free outside. Celebrate the end of school and the beginning of summer by participating in the national Kids to Parks Day. This is the official nod to get outside to local parks and have a good time. Kids and adults both can rejoice in the beautiful weather and fun playgrounds. There’s no charge for playing in the park, and it’s one thing every kid loves to do.
Kids to Parks Day was created as an official thumbs up to getting kids outside to enjoy local parks. The National Parks Trust organized this national holiday to get organizations, schools, and individuals to take part in some outdoor play. The NPT is dedicated to preserving and creating awareness for our nation’s parks. Their goal is to make sure everyone has a American park experience; Kids to Parks Day was created for that very purpose. It was one of many youth initiatives created in 2009 to get more kids outside and interested in state and local parks.
As added incentive the NPT website provides several Kids to Parks Day activities, prizes, and events all in local areas. On their website you can download free brochures for park activities, hiking games, scavenger hunts, apps for your phone, state-by-state guide to national parks, and tips for learning and having fun from their mascot Buddy Bison. You can also click on their map to see what organizations are holding events in your area. Or if it’s just a private day out with your family you can pledge to take your kids to the park and be entered to win a Nikon COOLPIX L830 camera.
To really take advantage of Kids to Parks day the whole family can go out to Trail of Tears State Park in Jackson Missouri where they will be hosting several activities to celebrate the day. There will be self-guided activities, arts and crafts, a hike, bird watching, a scavenger hunt, and a flashlight egg hunt. It all starts at 10:00 a.m. with the egg hunt at 7:30 p.m.
For a more historic feel Bollinger Mill Historic Site in Burfordville will be hosting children’s historic games at 9:00 a.m. Kids can learn to play games like checkers, nine pins, graces, and many more, all free and open to the public.
May 16 is Kids to Parks Day, so get outside and have some fun! Go to the Kids to Parks Day website for activities and information.