News Release Date:
October 27, 2010
Contact: Dilcia Gonzalez, 787-729-6777 ext 239
San Juan National Historic Site and Museo del Niño de Puerto Rico are joining efforts again this year to celebrate International Children's Day on Sunday, November 14 on the grounds of Castillo San Felipe del Morro from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm.While it may not be locally well known as a "holiday," Children's International Day is widely celebrated in numerous nations around the world.First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to observe as a day of understanding among children and of activity promoting the right to be happy and welfare of the world's children.The focus of this year's celebrationwill be on children's rights to health, nutrition, education and participation.
Children's International Day also meets President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and to reconnect Americans, especially children, to the outdoors.Throughout the day, children and their families will be able to visit El Morro to learn about the history of the fortifications, as well as to enjoy and participate in artistic presentations, traditional games, dances, walks, martial arts demonstrations, among other surprises. San Juan National Historic Site has been partnering with Museo del Niño de Puerto Rico for different events and activities on behalf of the children's well being, education and enjoyment."We are pleased to be working with Museo del Niño again this year in celebrating Children's International Day at El Morro," said park superintendent, Walter J. Chavez.
Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy the scenic view of the El Morro trail which will eventually connect to the Paseo del Morro.Work in El Paseo is expected to be completed soon for providing additional access to the fort.Come and visit Castillo San Felipe del Morro on Sunday, November 14 to honor this day, celebrate childhood and have fun by getting outdoors.For additional information, you may call 787-729-6777.
San Juan National Historic Site is comprised of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristóbal, Fort San Juan de La Cruz (El Cañuelo), San Juan Gate, and most of the City Wall. The site is open everyday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.Admission to San Juan NHS is $3 for adults for one fortification and $5 for both; free for those 15 and under.