No arm-twisting is necessary to get our kids out the door to the park or to pick up a book (and coincidentally, we’ve had a peaceful, satisfying summer!) So here’s what I find so cool about the StoryWalk program, which unites these classic indoor-outdoor summer activities: it turns us on to new (to us) authors and takes us to parks not normally on our radar.
Hidden Falls Regional Park, for instance, hosted the bilingual Perros! Perros! Dogs! Dogs! by Ginger Fogleson Guy several years ago. Colorful pages from the story were mounted along a path in the park. Kids are free to read along (or be read to) at their own pace. Because I knew our children would want plenty of time to romp around the park, we packed a picnic dinner and made an evening of it. We’ve discovered that this park’s namesake falls are a secret retreat that can lend the feeling of being far from the confines of the city.
Learn more about StoryWalk history here (PDF).
Since Anne wrote this article in 2013, the StoryWalk idea has exploded (although sometimes they go by other names). Watch our calendar for walks, strolls and hikes with stories.
About the Author: Anne Kingston is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.