Take a Child Outside is an international movement celebrated annually that began right here in North Carolina at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. The program is designed to encourage children and adults to spend time together outdoors. There are many benefits to getting outdoors including connecting children to nature, helping kids focus in school and reducing the risk of obesity. Our county parks provide the perfect opportunity to get outdoors with your family! Below are a few of the fun free activities you can do in our parks. Visit our Programs page for information on these programs and MORE!
Geocache Challenge: Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game that uses a handheld GPS- enabled device to find geocaches (containers) hidden in different locations. NHC Parks & Gardens has hidden 11 geocaches in 11 different parks. Find them all and get a cool prize! Click here to download the GeoChallenge passport and instructions.
Kids in Parks TRACK Trail: An outdoor adventure at Smith Creek Park using informational brochures to learn about nature while walking around the park. You can track your adventure at www.kidsinparks.com to win cool prizes!
Parks Stars: Become a “Parks Star” by completing a fun-filled activity book while learning about our county’s parks. Click the following links to download the workbooks: Twinkle Stars (ages 0-5) or Junior Stars (ages 6-12)
Storywalk: Interactive story book pages located along the walking trails at Hugh MacRae and Smith Creek Parks that encourage family literacy and physical activity.