May 19th 2012: National Kids to Parks Day

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 May 19, 2012.  You can sign up on their website to let them know you pledge to take your kids outside and to a park on May 19th! We have some awesome park options right here in Prince William County, and they’re hosting events, to boot! I’ve also included some surrounding parks in case you’d really like to make a day of it!
Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge, VA will be hosting a Kids to Parks GPS hunt at 12 and 3.  The hike will be 1.3 miles and GPS units will help in your search.  Bring water and closed-toed shoes.  $3pp or $8 per family or $25 per large group.  
Occoquan Regional Park will host a Healthy Paddles Event from 10am-3pm
Rock Creek Park in DC will host a Kids to Parks Event from 10am-2pm
Mason Neck in Lorton will be offering a variety of programs.  GPS rentals will be available.  Feathers and Furst, 10-10:30am, Picnic Area Pond Patrol 11-12pm, Makin Tracks 12:30-1:30pm, Whimmy Diddles 2-2:30pm, Hiking Helpers 3-4pm.  
Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania (it’s our favorite camping/boating spot!) will have Jack Corrigan teaching Geocaching 101.  Preregister by calling 540-854-5503.  $2/pp or $6 per family.  No park entrance fee.  9am-12pm or 1-4pm. 
Wolf Trap in Vienna (yes, it’s performing arts, but it’s also a park!) will have kids day from 9am-12pm. 
Also, the NPT has some great children’s activities on their Buddy the Bison website.  You can check those out here. 
Even if you think your child is too young for some of these planned activities, why not get them out to a park on the 19th anyway.  Lake Ridge Park is a fun one, even for little kids, or even your neighborhood playground could do in a pinch! There’s hiking trails all over PWC (the one behind Waterworks is fun!) and you can enjoy some time being active and outside with your kids!