Celebrating Kids to Parks Day in Kentucky

Get ready for an exciting day of outdoor exploration as we celebrate
Kids to Parks Day on May 18, 2024!

Kids to Parks Day

Mark your calendars for May 18 and get ready to create unforgettable memories at Kids to Parks Day events. Appreciate the beauty of the great outdoors. Kids need parks, and parks need kids! 


Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site (Wickliffe) 

Walk the nature trail, play outdoor games such as Stickball, Hoop & Darts, and try your skills with the Leave No Trace Scavenger Hunt. Kids receive free admission to the museum with each paid adult.


Lake Reba Park at Paradise Cove! (Richmond)

This park has a big celebration planned from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm!  Activities include Basketball Drills, Reptiles and Amphibians, Animal Tracking, Nature Art and Environmental Education, 4-square, obstacle course, mini-golf practice at Adventure Falls Miniature Golf Course, softball practice at Adventure Falls Batting Cages, Free Shaved Ice, DIY kites, chalk, music & more.

Kids to Parks Day

Kenton County Park (Independence)
Meet at the shelter from 2:30-3:30 pm to enjoy a nature craft. After crafting, grab a nature scavenger hunt card and take a hike. Bring a water bottle; a snack will be provided.


Flagship Park (Erlanger)
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department is hosting a Youth Fishing Derby from 8:00 – 10:00 am to celebrate Kids to Parks Day. Rods and reels are provided or you may bring your own. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Door prizes and breakfast snacks will be available. Non-perishable items for a local food pantry if you would like to donate.


This nationwide event, organized by the National Park Trust, is an opportunity for families to head outdoors and enjoy local, state, and national parks across the country. The mission of Kids to Parks Day is to inspire future outdoor enthusiasts and cultivate the next generation of park stewards by immersing kids in memorable outdoor adventures.

Why Celebrate Kids to Parks Day?

  • Learn & Explore: As kids explore our parks, they’ll discover park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM activities, and the rich history of our national treasures. It’s all about fostering a love for nature and igniting curiosity about the world around us.
  • Adventure for All: Hosted annually on the third Saturday of May, this year’s event invites families to embark on their own adventures, with thousands of local park events and programs waiting for you.
  • Collaborative Effort: The National Park Trust partners with cities, towns, teachers, families, park officials, and sponsors to make this day possible, providing endless opportunities for kids to get out and play.
  • Protecting Our Parks: Together, we can nurture a sense of responsibility in the next generation, instilling a lifelong passion for preserving and protecting our parks and public lands.

So, mark your calendars for May 18 and get ready to create unforgettable memories while appreciating the beauty of the great outdoors. Kids need parks, and parks need kids! 

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