Unplug the television and put away the iPods, it’s time to play outside.

City Hall wants kids to get active and enjoy Santa Monica’s parks, officially making Saturday, May 21 “Kids to Parks Day,” a first in the city’s history.

“Active kids are healthy kids,” said Mayor Richard Bloom. “We are thrilled to support this national movement to reconnect youth with the outdoors. Santa Monica is fortunate to have a wealth of parks and recreation resources, making it easy for residents to participate in ‘Kids to Parks Day.’ In fact, the most difficult part may be deciding which park to go to first.”

“Kids to Parks Day” is a national event led by the National Park Trust as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative to implement comprehensive long-term approaches to reducing childhood obesity.

Virginia Avenue Park is the place to be Saturday, offering a morning full of outdoor activities for kids. There will be races, an obstacle course, physical fitness stations and other activities beginning at 9 a.m.

More information on Santa Monica’s parks is available online at www.santamonicaparks.com. Information on year-round recreational classes and camps can be found at www.smgov.net/recreation. Information on the National Park Trust can be found at www.parktrust.org. 

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