My family and I had so much fun on our National Parks trip in Utah and Arizona two years ago, that when the National Parks Trust asked me to promote Kids to Parks Day, I said yes.
May 21, 2016 is National Kids to Parks Day.
What does Kids to Parks Day mean?
Kids to Parks Day is a national day of play, which parents, caregivers and friends can honor by visiting any local or national park in the U.S. Many parks host organized events, or you can do your own thing.
Fremont's Central Park
While I am not much for National (Fill-in-the-Blank) Days, my kids seem to really love the concept, so I wouldn't be surprised if sharing the idea with them makes them want to go to the park.
Here's how you can participate in Kids to Parks Day:
Pledge to visit a park on May 21
To make an official pledge, visit the Park Trust website and submit your name and a pledge to visit a park. You'll be entered to win a prize from the National Parks Trust.
Or scroll down to enter the giveaways that we're hosting on 510Families.com: A Baby Bjorn carrier for folks with little ones and a set of National Geographic books about National Parks and Yellowstone specifically for bigger kids.
Actually visit a park on May 21
Any park visit is in the spirit of Kids to Parks Day, but here are some of my favorite destinations for East Bay families:
- Central Park in Fremont (amazing playground, ducks, paddle boats)
- Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek (grassy mounds for sliding down, fancy new playground)
- Adventure Playground in Berkeley (hands-on construction fun with hammers, nails, and paint, plus a zipline)
- Codornices Park in Berkeley (concrete slides, paths to explore, tunnel to the Rose Garden)
- Muir Woods (a true escape, kid friendly “hiking”, and redwood trees galore)
- Rock City at Mt Diablo State Park (climbing on wonderful rock formations)
Middle Shoreline Park in Oakland
If you want to up your game and hit one of the National Parks, browse this list of California's finest.
To celebrate Kids to Parks Day, we have two giveaways!
A BABYBJORN carrier to help make a park outing with baby easier:
Two National Geographic Kids books, National Parks Guide U.S.A. and Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure.