21 Ways to Celebrate "Kids To Parks Day" on May 16th. #KidsToParks #OutdoorFamilies

Because Kids need Parks and Parks need Kids... Throw your hands up! 

Time to mark our calendars for Saturday, May 16th!

It's the day to get our kiddos and family to a park - any park - and be a part of the nationwide movement to get kids to parks to help fight obesity and encourage healthy lifestyles. Because as the saying goes “active kids are healthy kids” and we completely agree.

So how should we celebrate? Here are 21 awesomely stupendous ways:

1 - First, Sign-up for "Kids To Parks Day" here & automatically we're entered to win a Nikon COOLPIX camera. Say cheese!

2 - Then, grab a friend and another family to join, last year there were almost 450,000 participants. There is power of message in numbers. Let's try for 500,000 this year!

And now it's time to head outside to... 

4 - Play a game of touch football at our local park. Watch out for Grandpa's quick moves and his victory dance. 

5 - Dig for fresh veggies at our community garden.

6 - Head for a National Seashore and hunt for precious seashells.

7 - Photograph spring wildflowers as we hike through our State Park.

8 - Build little-bitty fairy houses in the open space woods.

9 - Swing from the monkey bars at the park down the street.

10 - Walk to the bus stop and take it to green space.

11 - Hop in the car and zoom to the mountains!

12 - Gear-up our backpacks and head into designated wilderness to hang out with the wild things.

13 - Pack a picnic for the secret waterhole with the rope swing & take a plunge in the ice-cold water, hooting with glee.

14 - Find a tree and hug it, yup, weird but fun.

15 - Listen to the chatter of birds in our parks' towering treetops.

16 - Grab a space at a campground and pitch our family tent.

17 - Build a warm campfire for some stories & of course make some S’Mores!

18 - Take a stargazing tour or waterfall hike at one of our 59 National Parks.

19 - Rent some bikes for the trail meandering along our urban park’s river.

20 - Find a fresh patch of green grass. Lie down. Take a deep breath. And enjoy the wonder of the outdoors.

21 - And finally, ENTER TO WIN the "Kids To Parks Day" GIVEAWAY below!

Sponsored by National Park Trust, dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. We LOVE these guys and are honored to be a part of the movement to connect all kids to parks.

KIDS TO PARKS DAY GIVEAWAY – $75 Total Value – Enter in Rafflecopter Form Below

You Can Win All of These 6 Outdoorsy Goodies:
-CamelBak Water Bottle
-National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide Book
-Buddy Bison Mascot Stuffed Animal
-National Geographic Secrets of the National Parks Book
-Kids To Parks T-Shirt
-National Park Trust Activity Guide

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway Disclaimer: One lucky person will win all 6 items provided by the National Park Trust. Giveaway starts on March 18, 2015 12am and ends on March 25, 2015 12am. The winner will be notified by email and requires a response within 48 hours. Cheers and good luck! 

Disclaimer: I received no compensation for my article though I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful National Geographic book & bison stuffie as a thank you for sharing & research. All opinions are my own.


  1. I like the idea of the wildflower hiking in state parks!

  2. I'm thinking of a state park or beach day!

  3. We will probably go for a hike at one of our local state parks

  4. I would like to go camping.

    1. yes, i'm ready for camping season to start too :)

  5. thanks for posting about #KidsToParks in your Adventure News! http://paper.li/climbwithkids/1342993124

  6. cheers to ColoradoHiking.org for re-posting my article about #KidsToParks http://coloradohiking.org/2015/03/21-ways-to-celebrate-kids-to-parks-day-outdoorsy-mama/

  7. We loved camping in the US National Parks. They are so well serviced and maintained! Hope to get down to Yellowstone and Mount Rainier again soon!

    1. oooh hope you guys do! the Parks are waiting for you :) -a

  8. I would love to go this place for another adventure with family :)