‘Kids to Parks Day’ set for Sat­ur­day at War Memo­rial

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

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.

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