IMHO, PPL, YOLO, so avoid FOMO and enjoy K2PD! *
By now you know. We don’t have to cite the numerous studies and the statistics. Kids need more time outdoors.
Okay, parents, here’s your call to action. Thousands of folks are committing to head outdoors on May 16, Kids to Parks Day (K2PD). The Fairfax County Park Authority will have a weekend full of family events then, and if you make an online pledge to head out that day, you might have a chance to win a Nikon COOLPIX L830 camera from the National Park Trust.
There are a couple of ways to find out what’s going on in local parks that weekend. Fairfax County Park Authority activities are listed on the K2PD website and in the FCPA Calendar. Either spot will get you where you need to be.
Here’s a start – 10 things to do in the parks on May 15-16-17:
- Fri: Naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
- Fri: Fishing by the Stream at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
- Fri: Survival Skills at Hidden Pond Nature Center
- Fri: Campfire Friday at Hidden Pond Nature Center
- Fri: Family Nature Night at Huntley Meadows Park
- Fri: A Twilight Hilltop Tour at Historic Huntley
- Sat: A Frog Chorus at Eakin Community Park
- Sat: Sounds of the Night Campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center
- Sun: Life’s a Garden at Frying Pan Farm Park
- Sun: Reptile & Amphibian Club followed by Bird Watching Club at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
There are also 12 county parks with fishing, 59 with tennis courts, 125 with bike trails, 238 with hiking trails, 130 with picnic facilities, 165 with playgrounds, eight golf courses, five nature centers, four skate parks, three boating facilities, two campgrounds, and a screech owl in an oak tree.
See you in a park on May 16.
* It means: In my humble opinion, people, you only live once, so avoid fear of missing out and enjoy Kids To Parks Day. If you knew this, you probably need less time on social media and more in a park.