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Are You Ready for Kids to Parks Day?!? (and Nat’l Geographic Giveaway!)

Where will YOUR family be on May 21st?  How about at a park to celebrate “Kids to Parks Day“?  Any park works – the local playground down the street, that new park across town you’ve been meaning to check out, or the peaceful nature preserve a couple of hours away.  You could go for a morning outing, an afternoon picnic, a scenic daytrip, or even a weekend camping excursion.  The important thing is to get outdoors as a family and connect with each other and the world around you!

Our local homeschool group enjoying themselves at a local park a few weeks ago.

Our local homeschool group enjoying themselves at a local park a few weeks ago.

What is Kids to Parks Day, you might ask?  From the National Park Trust website: “KTP Day is a nation-wide day of outdoor play organized by National Park Trust (NPT) in cooperation with a host of local and national collaborators.” And if that doesn’t sound enticing enough, the NPT website also provides loads of fun family activities/tips/resources for both parents and kids.

Additionally, the NPT has generously agreed to give a set of 2 National Geograpic books to one lucky Cragmama reader – Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure, as well as the Nat Geo Kids National Park Guide (The pictures are amazing, be prepared to expand your travel budget when your child presents to you his/her shortlist of parks vacation ideas!)  To enter, simply leave a comment below about YOUR favorite park, and a winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, May 5.

In the meantime, head to the NPT website to include your family in the count for Kids to Park Day attendance – last time I looked their were over 223,000 participating!


5 Responses to “Are You Ready for Kids to Parks Day?!? (and Nat’l Geographic Giveaway!)”

  1. LILI

    love Kings Canyon National Park. we’ve done some family trips there!


  2. Shawn

    Hello Erica,
    my favorite National Park in Germany is the Sächsische Schweiz (Swiss Saxony). It’s where I first started climbing, and where we also may head to for May 21.
    And what about you guys? Will you be headed out to explore the world around you, or focus in on the structure of a section of cliff and how the features can be best employed to provide a vertical path to the top?


  3. Richard Ferron

    Yosemite! But still, so many parks to visit that it’s my current one. Yellowstone is on my to do list, definitely want to bring the kids there!

    Googling the books, if I’m not winning, I might be buying 🙂


  4. Becca

    We camped Bryce canyon, Utah a cpl summers ago and it’s been one of our favorite national parks… Locally we really enjoy neighborhood splash pad!


  5. Katie

    Patapsco State Park is our favorite because it’s so close to our house you can run or bike there! We take Odub there at least once a week 🙂

    Although my husband votes for the Adirondacks, where he’s from since it has hiking, climbing, and ice climbing.


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“Not all who wander are lost.” —JRR TOLKIEN