May 21st is “National Kids to Parks Day”

Sample of “National Kids to Parks Day” Events in Georgia

May 21, 2016

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Coastal Georgia

Colonial Toys and Games. Saturday, May 21, 2016 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Fort King George Historic Site – Darien, GA. Play old-fashioned games  ilike tug of war, rolling hoops, quoits, nine pins, cup and ball. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.

Kids in the Parks Day. Saturday, May 21, 2016 1 p.m.; Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah, GA. Bring the kids out to enjoy outdoor games, our museum with live animals, trails and playgrounds. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Metro Atlanta

Kids to Parks Day at Chattahoochee Bend. Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Chattahoochee Bend State Park – Newnan, GA. This day is packed full of fun and educational activities for kids. Bring lunch, snacks, and water, and be prepared for the outdoors. 10 a.m. starts a guided nature hike; 1 p.m. is nature crafting; 3:30 p.m. is creative play with the Imagination Playground. Pre-register for each program in advance. $5 per program. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.

Creature Feature. Saturday, May 21, 2016 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA. Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to all of these questions and more as a Panola Mountain Ranger introduces you to our reptilian residents in this live animal show. Meet in the Nature Center. Space is limited, so please call to register in advance. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Middle & South Georgia

Drive, Chip, Putt Contest. Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park – Reidsville, GA. We invite youths up to 16 years of age to enjoy a friendly contest at Brazell’s Creek Golf Course. Participants can win a prize for the longest drive, putting and chipping. No experience necessary and you are welcome to bring your own golf clubs. $5 parking. 912-557-7744.

Field Day Spectacular. Saturday, May 21, 2016 9 a.m.; Reed Bingham State Park – Adel, GA. Come to the field for cornhole, crafts, face painting, dodgeball, relay race, tug-o-war, and more. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.

Northern Georgia

Echota Alive. Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; New Echota Historic Site – Calhoun, GA. Step back to the 1820s, tour New Echota and learn about Cherokee and Georgians’ lifestyles, including how apples were pressed to make cider, try your hand at making a sheet of paper, help the ranger print on the 19th century press, learn to use a compass on our compass course, and check out our nature trails to Tarvin’s Pond and New Town Creek. $5.50-$7 (5 and younger free) 706-624-1321.

Kids Day at the Park. Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Smithgall Woods State Park – Helen, GA. Bring your kids and their endless imaginations for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall. There will be outdoor games, arts and crafts, exhibits and more. Bring your sack lunch and stay the day. $10 parking. 706-878-3087.

Backyard Games. Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Tugaloo State Park – Lavonia, GA. Meet the naturalist at the baseball field for friendly competition featuring cornhole, wiffleball, kickball and dodgeball. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

Youth Kayak 101 (Ages 9-12). Saturday, May 21, 2016 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Tugaloo State Park – Lavonia, GA. Meet the naturalist to embark upon a paddling adventure where we will learn the basics of kayaking, maneuvers, paddle etiquette and strokes. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362.



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