National Kids to Parks Day is May 17, 2014 – What Are You Planning? Here are some great Boulder options…

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We live in Boulder so most of us get out kids outside on a regular basis. But hey, May 17, 2014 is a National Kids to Park Day. So lets get outside and help support a great national effort to get outdoors more! Maybe think about heading to a park you have not been to. Or doing something you have not done. Or just making the time to go together as a family. Whatever your reason here are some ideas of where to go. what to do, and why do it.

The National Park Trust is asking people to pledge to get to a park on National Kids to Park Day: Take The Pledge Here!

Why Get Kids Outside?

Getting outdoors benefits the body, mind & spirit! When you are outdoors at a park you are moving your body and getting exercise, taking in some vitamin D, laughing, and enjoying time together. There is research showing that being outdoors can do everything from reducing ADHD symptoms, increasing test scores, etc… [You can find more details here at the National Wildlife Federation’s website] But we know that being outside just increases our overall wellbeing. Get outside. You will get something from the experience!

Where To Go?

What To Do?

There is always something to do at your local park or on a hike. Think about bringing a picnic and making sure you gage what you do to ensure your children have fun out there. There are a few things the City of Boulder’s Open Space & Mountain Parks is planning for National Kids to Parks Day on May 17, 2014, which sound really fun for the whole family! More details here.

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What are you going to do for National Kids to Parks Day?

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Boulder Parks and Recreation Offers FREE Events in July!

Boulder Parks and Recreation is offering FREE Events in July! 
 
Check out these Free Days at their pools & Rec Centers in July! Want to try out a recreation center or pool? Here is your opportunity to try it for FREE!
 
  • East Boulder Community Center July 9
  • Boulder Reservoir July 22
  • Spruce Pool July 16
  • North Boulder Recreation Center July 24
  • South Boulder Recreation Center July 29

There are also FREE Concerts in the parks throughout July! Find your neighborhood park and plan a night out! All concerts are from 7:00 to 8:00pm.

  • July 1: Harlow Platts Park [1360 Gillaspie] Presents the Boulder Summer Concert Band
  • July 8: Salberg Park [19th St and Elder Ave] Presents the Boulder Summer Concert Band
  • July 15: Scott Carpenter Park [1505 30th St] Presents the Boulder Summer Concert Band
  • July 22: North Boulder Park [9th St and Dellwood] Presents the  Boulder Summer Concert Band
  • July 29: Chautauqua Park [900 Baseline Rd] Presents the Boulder Summer Concert Band

Get Out and Go Sledding…

sleddingWhat a day to go sledding! With the forecast calling for a bunch of snow in Boulder this is a great opportunity to get the kids out and enjoy some time together! Even young kids can enjoy sledding!

Making it fun! 

1. Always have kids wear helmets!

2. Dress them warmly with lots of layers. Bring hand warmers if possible to pop in their gloves to keep their hands really toasty.

3. Bring warm drinks: Hot cocoa or cider goes a long way to keeping kids warm and comfortable.

Boulder Sledding Hills

Scott Carpenter Park: This is a mellow, fun slope for the kids, but adults enjoy it too!

Tantra Park [Just South of 46th and Hanover]: This sledding hill can get incredibly packed and at places it is steep.

Foothills Community Park: There are some great, low angle slopes here for kids and adults.

Do you have a favorite sledding hill? Tell us about it…