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Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105-Hundreds of thousands of children nationwide, including here in New Bedford, MA, will take part in a ‘national day of play’ on Saturday, May 20, to commemorate the National Park Trust’s (NPT) seventh annual Kids to Parks Day. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will be hosting free activities that day, from 10 am-2 pm. The park is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford.
The day kicks off with stories, songs and crafts for the park’s youngest visitors (suggested age 0-5) from 10:00-12 noon. Park rangers will be reading stories and singing songs about whales and the sea, and offering a hands-on related craft to take home. The fun then continues from 12:00-2:00 pm for children ages 5 and up with an exploration of the park through the park’s Junior Ranger booklet. The park’s 22-minute orientation film, “The City that Lit the World,” will be shown on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm.
Like New Bedford, other cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “active kids are healthy kids” and encouraging their residents to use Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors, at local parks and recreation sites, to develop more active, healthy lifestyles. For more information on this special day go to https://www.parktrust.org/kids-to-parks-day/.