As part of the "Let's Move" initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids, the National Park Trust is hosting National "Kids to Parks Day" on Saturday, May 18, 2013. You can sign up on their website to let them know you pledge to take your kids outside and to a park on May 18th, and over 120,000 people have pledged so far! We have some awesome park options right here in Prince William County, including some fun, local events! Here's a list of PWC, and surrounding area, parks that have special Kids to Parks Day events on Saturday:
Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge, VA - Let nature ignite your imagination! We'll read Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane and spend a day outside making fairy houses with natural materials from around the park. See if you can discover what fairies and wildlife have in common.
Location: Visitor Center
Address: 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191.
Contact for more info: 703-583-6904.
Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, VA will host the Occoquan River Fest from 10am-4pm. There will also be events in the town of Occoquan from 12-5pm.
Address: Occoquan Regional Park, 9751 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079.
Mason Neck Park in Lorton, VA has a variety of special programs and events.
Birding 101 (10am): Meet with a ranger on the back porch of the Visitor Center. Sit and watch the birds at the bird feeders and learn basic identification skills. Please bring your own binoculars.
GPS Adventures (11:30am-12:30pm): Come join us on this one mile hike with park GPS units. We'll experience nature while searching for hidden caches! This program is most appropriate for ages six and up. Maximum of 10 people. First come, first served.
Mammals of Mason Neck (2pm): Meet a ranger in the picnic area to learn about some of the local residents here in the park. Test your identification skills and learn something new about these furry park residents.
Rockets (3pm): Come watch as we demonstrate the power of air pressure. We will be launching rockets made from 2 liter soda bottles using air, and water. Help us pump up the pressure in the bottles and guess which one will fly the farthest.
Awesome Eagles (4pm): Meet up at the Visitor Center for an informative talk about our national emblem, the Bald Eagle. Come learn about these amazing birds and look for them as they soar along the bay.
Address: Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton, VA 22079.
Contact for more info: 703-339-2380
Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania County (our favorite camping/boating spot!) has some special programs.
Fishing 101 (10-11am) $2/person $6/family. Learn the basics of fishing and put it to the test! *Limited Space; Register at the Park Office*
Orienteering 101 (1-2pm) Join a ranger and discover how to orienteer with compass and map.
Gold Panning (3-4pm) Join Matt for a fun filled program featuring the history and basics of "Panning for Gold just like the prospectors."
Address: Lake Anna State Park, 6800 Lawyers Rd, Livingston, VA 22551.
Daily parking fee applies $5 per car. Contact for more info: 540-854-5503.
The Town of Vienna - The Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation Department and Club Phoenix Teen Center proudly present “Teens on the Green” at the Vienna Town Green on May 18, 2013. The local talent will awe and amaze as we highlight three fantastically talented teen bands on two stages. The concert is free and open to the public. Please contact the Vienna Community Center for more information, 703-255-6360.
Address: Vienna Town Green, 144 Maple Avenue E, Vienna, VA 22180
Contact for more info: Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation 703-255-5721.
Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA has some fun programs and events scheduled.
Tyke Hike (10am-12pm): Meet at the Lost Mountain Parking Area This discovery hike is an easy walk, for children ages 4-6 and caregivers. Bring water and snacks, and wear sturdy footwear.
Town Ball (12-2pm): Meet at the Picnic Area Play an inning or more of this historic game that evolved into our National Pastime.
Life on the Farm: Planting a Vegetable Garden (1-3pm): Meet near the Visitor Center Help us plant our vegetable garden. All farm hands will get to take home seeds.
Nature Journaling (2-4pm): Meet at Turner Pond Learn the basics of recording your nature observations and receive your beginner's journal. Location: Meet at Blue Ridge Trailhead
Address: Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144.
Contact for more info: 540-592-3556
Also, the National Park Trust has some great children's activities on their Buddy the Bison website. You can check those out here.