For a variety of reasons - from busy schedules to concerns about safety and strangers - kids aren't spending as much time outside for creative, free play as we did when we were kids.
"We hope that it gives parents the motivation and ‘permission’ they need to just let their kids go outside and play —climbing trees, exploring streams, building forts or making doll houses out of tree stumps," says Liz Baird, director of education at the museum and creator of the program, in a press release.
You'll also find a list of possible activities. And several park systems in the area are holding some special events to make it easier for all of us.
Here are some of them. I'll add more as I hear about them.
- From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 30, the natural sciences museum's Prairie Ridge Ecostation in west Raleigh will hold free guided walks every 30 minutes. The last walk starts at 5:30 p.m. All ages are welcome (but kids 15 and under must be with an adult). No registration required. Visitors will explore a variety of habitats, including a piedmont prairie, woodlands, a lowland forest and a pond. I attend this event a couple of years ago and my daughter and I had a ball. And check back here on Go Ask Mom for more on the ecostation on Friday.
- Wake County parks systems will offer a variety of programs during the week. Click here for details. The programs are free, but registration is required.
- Raleigh parks also will offer programs across the system. Fees vary. Registration required four days before the event (which is coming up for programs that are scheduled for Friday). Click here for details.
Where do you like to go?