‘Kids to Parks Day’ set for Saturday at War Memorial
Fun activities and refreshments will be offered as part of the free “Kids to Parks Day” event from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the War Memorial Complex in Wailuku.
The event is being sponsored by the Mayor’s Office and Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with Maui Economic Opportunity Inc., Maui Family Support Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui and PATCH (People Attentive to Children) Hawaii.
Planned activities include disc golf, tic-tac-toe, beanbag toss, hula hoops, book giveaways and a kickball game between keiki and community leaders. Basketball-related activities are being planned for toddlers and children ages 5 and younger. There also will be an opportunity for community service by painting trash cans.
Maui County will provide free refreshments, and Maui Electric Co. has donated reusable bags with McDonald’s and Panda Express food coupons for the first 300 children who attend the event.
Kids to Play Day was launched by the National Park Trust, a land conservancy and environmental education nonprofit dedicated to preserving parks and creating new park stewards for tomorrow. The event aims to connect children and families with local, state and national parks and learn about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and history.
“The new park stewards of tomorrow are our children, so the sooner they realize the value of our parks and open space the better,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Events like these will help to solidify that relationship.”
For more information, visit www.parktrust.org/kids-toparks-day/. Organizers request the use of the hashtag #KidsToParks’ for latest updates and community engagement.