Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day in Northern Virginia

The annual National Kids to Parks Day is celebrated with special events at parks across the country. Sponsored by the National Parks Trust, the event encourages kids to appreciate nature and public lands and to get outdoors with their families to enjoy a more active lifestyle.

The next Kids to Parks Day is on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Buddy Bison Kids to Parks Day
Kids to Parks Day logo

National and State Parks will host special family-friendly events to celebrate the day. Here are some of the fun Kids to Parks events in the Northern Virginia area.

Virginia State Parks Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day

State Parks throughout Virginia host special events to celebrate National Kids to Parks Day, and visitors to the park receive a coupon good for a future visit. Read about Northern Virginia State Parks below to plan your National Kids to Parks Day outing.

Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane

Sky Meadows State Park
Sky Meadows State Park

Kid-friendly activities at Sky Meadows Park include the park's Junior Ranger booklets, Family Discovery Backpacks, Geocaching Adventures, and more. While there, take the time to explore the Children's Discovery Area, stop by the Explorer Outpost to hear about plants and animals that call Sky Meadows home, and take a hike to explore more of the park.

Mason Neck State Park, Lorton

Mason Neck boating
Mason Neck State Park

Visit Mason Neck State Park to take a hike, bird watch, bike, or get out on the water. There is a large playground and a picnic area to enjoy during your visit. Some year's the annual Eagle Festival is held on Kids to Parks Day.

Leesylvania State Park, Occoquan

Potomac River at Leesylvania State Park

Bring the kids to Leesylvania State Park for a day of fun on the banks of the Potomac River. Allow time for a hike through history, including a stop at Freestone Point to enjoy the view.

Shenandoah National Park

Little Stony Man Shenandoah NP
Little Stony Man view, Shenandoah National Park

Kids to Parks Day is an ideal time to explore Shenandoah National Park. In prior years, the park worked with The Wildlife Center of Virginia to bring kids up close and personal with the wildlife of Shenandoah.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Wolf Trap Trail creek view
Wolf Trap Creek view

Whether you visit on Kids to Parks Day or throughout the year, take a scenic hike on the Wolf Trap Tracks Trail. When they hike, kids can complete activities and earn prizes using one of the themed Kids to Parks Track Adventures.

You can always strike out on your own at your favorite family-friendly park. The goal is to get kids out to explore nature in our beautiful parks where they can enjoy fresh air and healthy fun.

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