GUEST BLOGGER: CHRISTINA PAY, USU EXTENSION ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
When my children were young, one of the things they loved to do was go to the park. As they grew, we visited our local parks, State parks and, the best loved of all, were the National park adventures we’d take. Parks are the perfect place for creating family memories and we still talk and laugh about the many park adventures we had.
Park fun doesn’t have to cost a lot. In fact, many times you can experience fun at the park for pennies or less. Last Saturday, May 16th, was the 10th anniversary of the Kids to Parks Day. With COVID-19 restrictions, the day was celebrated virtually. Understanding that nothing can replace an actual park experience, National Park Trust has developed a variety of family activities and distance learning opportunities available at www.kidstoparks.org. These activities can be completed at home, in a backyard or neighborhood, and help families celebrate the day safely. In addition to the online resources, National Park Trust has updated its free mobile ParkPassport App with new virtual park experiences and fun digital badges available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Don't have a national park near you? No worries! Below are a few fun and low to no cost ideas for a local park experience from Jacquie Fisher shared in her Edventures with Kids blog about 17 FUN Activities to do at the Park.:
For more ideas and supplemental activities visit A Day in the Park Kids Nature Activities .
Christina appreciates the many opportunities for learning that Extension provides. Her favorite topic is teaching about the healthy development of young children and the importance of loving, supportive relationships in their lives. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, a nice walk or hike in nature, and reading a good book.
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