Combine the Joy of Reading with an Outing in the Woods
PopUp StoryWalk is a fun, educational activity for kids that places a children’s story book—deconstructed page by page—along a family-friendly trail.
The first-ever Seattle-area StoryWalk happens this weekend at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore.
If your kids like reading and the great outdoors, they are going love PopUp StoryWalk. Even if you have a bookworm who usually spends all their time reading inside, this is a great opportunity to get them outside for some fresh air while at the same time allowing them to keep reading. Happening this weekend, Saturday, May 19, at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore, StoryWalk aims to get kids and their parents outdoors and reading — all in one fell swoop.
First started in Montpelier, Vermont, the StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson in 2007 in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Today, there are StoryWalk installations across the country. This will be the first in Seattle.
PopUp StoryWalk is both entertaining and educational, geared towards kids ages 2-10, and combing the joy of reading with an adventurous outing exploring local trails. A children's book is placed along a family-friendly trail, deconstructed page by page; walkers move through the story, take in the natural beauty and stretch those legs as they go.
The Pop Up StoryWalk is designed to rotate a variety of children’s books as it travels to different destinations. Books that are chosen illustrate the themes of nature and the seasons, combined with lessons of kindness, empathy, creativity and more. When possible, books by local authors and/or illustrators are featured.
For their opening event in Seattle, StoryWalk is featuring local author and illustrator Kevan Atteberry and his book "Bunnies!!!" Atteberry will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to meet people. There also will be giveaways and photo opportunities.
The event is part of the nationwide Kids to Parks Day Event, which encourages people to get out and enjoy their local, state and national parks.
Parking at St. Edward requires a Washington State Parks Discovery Pass or day pass that can be purchased onsite.
IF YOU GO:
Where: St. Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore
When: Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Even is free, but there is a parking fee.