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Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day at your favorite park

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On Saturday, May 17, 2014, National Kids to Parks Day events and activities will take place at state, local and national parks from coast to coast across America.

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National Kids to Parks Day is a movement started by the National Park Trust as a nation-wide day of outdoor play. Held on the third Saturday in May, National Kids to Parks Day is one way the National Park Trust supports its mission to preserve parks today and create stewards of parks tomorrow.

All of the Virginia State Parks are participating in National Kids to Parks Day. Planned activities include canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, geocaching, history, culture and self-guided programs.

Parks offer outdoor fun for families in a natural setting. National Kids to Parks Day is open to kids of all ages. Find participating parks in your state at the National Kids to Parks Day link above.

More than half a million people are expected to attend events on the 4th annual National Kids to Parks Day. Special events will be held in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

"Four years ago, NPT launched this grassroots movement to encourage families to engage with and celebrate our parks across the United States. Families, schools and park officials have embraced this fun event -- a national day of outdoor play -- and it is fast becoming America's unofficial kick off to summer," said Grace Lee, executive director, National Park Trust.

Spending time outdoors as a family is a great way to enjoy nature while staying active. Parents set a positive example for kids when they engage in physical activity, such as outdoor play.

"Kids to Parks Day is the perfect way to jumpstart the summer and get families playing outdoors in parks. The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging families across the country to take the pledge and discover a park on May 17," stated Dr. Robert Zarr, national spokesperson, American Academy of Pediatrics.

Gather up the kids, pick a park, pack a picnic lunch and get outdoors for National Kids to Parks Day. Your family will have a blast and you'll make lots of memories together.