Thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and funding from the Walmart Foundation and the Kansas Health Foundation, The OrganWise Guys (OWG) have been popping up in parks across the country. Last summer, various park sites across the country implemented OWG programming into their summer camps. What a great setting to expose children, familes, and the entire community to a healthy lifestyle!
With school out for some and soon for others, the timing of National Kids to Park Day (KTP), to be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, is ideal! KTP is put on by National Park Trust (NPT) and promotes a nationwide day of outdoor play where children are encouraged to visit their local parks and discover all they have to offer. To celebrate KTP, various events at local parks all over the country have been set up. You can find these local events here. If there is not an "official" KTP event set up at a park near you, take advantage of this designated day to introduce some fun, adventurous ideas to your kids. Try incorporating some physical activity into a service project. For example you can have a group of children walk around the park picking up trash and collecting items to recycle and each time they find something, they perform a certain exercise (i.e, 10 lunges, 10 push ups, 10 jumping jacks, etc.). The OrganWise Guys LOVE the idea of combining the parks, physical activity and fresh air!
Will you take your children to a park this weekend? What fun things do your kids do at the park?