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Hey Kids! Sign up today and be a part of National Kids To Parks Day. Here are some of the activities occurring at Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites from May 16-31. Find out more & sign up today. . .

KTP May 10, 2014

3rd Annual Big Little River Paddle Event | 8 AM to 1 PM
Reed Bingham State Park | Adel, GA
You can bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one through the park. Join us for a race down our 3 mile section of the Little River in the park. Contestants will launch from Red Roberts Landing and finish at Lake Reed Bingham. Awards will be given to the top finishers in various categories. Lunch provided after the Race. $20 per boat before May 1st and $30 per boat after May 1st. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.

14th Annual Family Fun Day Catfish Rodeo | 9 AM to 3 PM
Sweetwater Creek State Park | Lithia Springs, GA
State Representative Roger Bruce invites families to come and enjoy the famous "Fish Fry", a day of fun, health screenings, games and fellowship. The park's lake is stocked with over 2,000 catfish to ensure each child lands a catch! Participate in a fun-filled day for elementary and middle school-aged students; all students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, call the park at 770-732-5871.

J.A.K.E.S Day and Junior Fishing Derby | 10 AM to 2 PM
General Coffee State Park | Nicholls, GA
Get the kids involved with outdoor recreation! Let the park staff and our wonderful volunteers introduce them to archery, recreational target shooting, fishing and more. Bring your own bait and fishing pole. Free, donations appreciated. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.

The 150th Anniversary of the Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens | 11 AM to 2 PM
A.H. Stephens State Park | Crawfordville, GA
Learn what life was like in the 1800s with period performers, demonstrators, and the Yonah Pickers dulcimer group. Join us for a re-enactment of the arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens, the Vice-President of the Confederate States of America. $1-$5 admission. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.

National Kids to Parks Game Day | 1 PM

Skidaway Island State Park | Savannah, GA
Celebrate Kids to Parks Day out in sunny Skidaway Island! Compete in yard games such as water balloon toss and sack races. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Kayak the Salt Marsh | 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Crooked River State Park | St. Mary's, GA
Enjoy the scenery with a kayak around Crooked River; you'll even have a chance to stretch your legs as you explore the sandbars. Who knows, you mgiht even spot a few feathered friends on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail! Space is limited, registration required. $25-$35 registration. $5 parking. Call 912-882-5256 to register.

National Kids to Parks Day Nature Hike | 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Fort Yargo State Park | Winder, GA
Join a park ranger on this guided tour of the Birdberry Nature Trail. Bring your family and enjoy a pleasant nature walk and meet the trees, birds and other wildlife that call Fort Yargo home. $5 admission. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

National Kids to Parks Day New Moon Kayak Tour | 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park | Rutledge, GA
Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join us on this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy the night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. Please register in advance. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

May 17, 2014

Americus Explorer Train Ride | 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Sam Shortline | Downtown Cordele Depot | Cordele, GA
Ride through beautiful Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear, visit Historic Downtown Americus, and taste peanut ice cream! Enjoy southern Georgia in vintage, air-conditioned 1949 train cars. Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for reservations and group rates.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration | 10 AM to 4 PM
Florence Marina State Park | Omaha, GA
Relax and spend Memorial Day weekend on the river. Enjoy boat rides and arts and crafts daily. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Memorial Day History Celebration | 10 AM to 4 PM
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
Join us for an old-fashioned Memorial Day weekend. Throughout the day, kids and adults will enjoy family-friendly activities and living history demonstrations. Cannon firings and musket demonstrations hourly. $7.50 Adults, $6.50 Seniors, $4.50 Youth admission. $5 parking. 912-272-2339.

Memorial Day Miniature Golf Tournament | 10 AM
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Show your skills at this year's miniature golf tournament! Compete against your friends and family as you celebrate the holiday. Wear something patriotic and you may find yourself on our Facebook page! $5 admission. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.

Holiday Gorge Floor Hike | 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park | Tallulah Falls, GA
Jump from rock to rock, climb boulders, and swim in Bridal Veil Falls! Trek 531 stairs and hike 3.5 miles with us to get that adrenaline pumping. No pets allowed; please wear appropriate footwear. Children must be 10 years and older, and make sure to bring food and water. Please register in advance as space is limited. $10 admission. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Memorial Day Night Paddle | 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park | Rutledge, GA
Enjoy this after-hours guided paddle on Lake Rutledge. Relish the night sounds, astronomy, and history on this relaxing kayak tour. Please register in advance. Tours leave from beach area. $15 admission. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

May 24, 2014

Watermelon Express Train Ride | 9:30 AM to 3:05 PM
SAM Shortline | Downtown Cordele Depot | Cordele, GA
Enjoy this ride from our Downtown Cordele Deopt to Historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter. Experience historic southern Georgia in vintage, air-conditioned 1949 train cars. Admission applies. Call 229-410-7937 for reservations and group rates.

Full Moon Paddle | 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tallulah Gorge State Park | Tallulah Falls, GA
Wind down and enjoy a relaxing paddle around Tallulah Lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting event way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Space is limited, so register in advance. $15 admission. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Full Moon Kayak Tour | 8:30 PM to 10 PM

Hard Labor Creek State Park | Rutledge, GA
Join us for a guided night tour of Lake Rutledge and round out your weekend with some peaceful night paddling. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. $15 admission. $5 parking.

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