By ADAM SWIFT
PEABODY — There’s nothing like a trip to the park to celebrate a beautiful spring day.
This Saturday, Peabody families can experience all Peabody parks have to offer as part of the National Park Trust’s seventh annual Kids to Parks Day. Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. recently declared May 20 as Kids to Parks Day in the city, and there is a full slate of activities planned in celebration.
“Peabody is committed to healthy living and our wonderful parks and recreation areas like the South Peabody Nature Trail and Brooksby Farm provide excellent spaces for outdoor play,” said Bettencourt. “I invite all Peabody resident to join me outdoors on May 20, for Kids to Parks Day.”
With sunshine and mild temperatures in the forecast, it should be a perfect day for the Kids Giant Yard Sale at St. James Park from 9 a.m. to noon, the Touch-a-Truck event at Brooksby Farm from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Parking Lot Picassos art project at Ross Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or the family bike ride and safety event at the Danvers spur of the bike path from noon to 2 p.m.
For those interested in golf, whether of the disc or the traditional ball variety, there will be several options during the afternoon. From 1-3 p.m., there will be a chance to show off your frisbee skills at the Scouting Woods Disc Golf Course at 100 Summit St., and from 2-4 p.m., there will be an intro to golf program at the Meadow at Peabody for kids ages 8-14.
The mayor said that like Peabody, other cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “Active kids are healthy kids” and encouraging their residents to use Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors.
While the focus on Saturday will be on families, parents in Peabody will have the chance to cut loose a little bit Friday night with the latest Pop Up Pub in Peabody Square from 6-9 p.m.
The Peabody Main Streets event on the courthouse plaza will feature craft beer, wine, food trucks, and music. Entry bracelets can be purchased the night of Pop Up Pub for $5.