Transform an ordinary day into an extraordinary adventure at this month’s Kids at Castle: Paddle at Castle! On August 8, in a celebration of water and the wonderful things all around us, Kids at Castle will feature a paddle event with the International Water Institute (IWI), a Treasure Hunt, water activities, and a new featured story on the Story Trail. The IWI will provide dryland water safety, life jackets, & a paddling overview, and short kayak trips of 10-15 minutes on the Red Lake River. The Treasure Hunt and Story Trail story will feature “Tiny, Perfect Things” by M.H. Clark, as kids are encouraged to find joy in the little things and appreciate what the world around us has to offer. Come observe, learn, find & paddle! “The whole world is a treasure waiting to be found!” All ages from 0 to 99 are encouraged to join! The event will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Castle Park, with paddling at the new kayak launch off of Woodland Ave & N Nelson St.

The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), Polk County Wellness Coalition, and the Crookston Early Childhood Initiative encourage getting outdoors for physical and mental well-being. Studies show that connecting to nature daily can add many health benefits to your day, including a mental health boost, increased energy, and can reduce stress. Spending time outdoors and playing outside can help children build skills such as planning, prioritization, and multitasking and can help reduce stress levels and build stronger immune systems.

Are you curious about all there is to do at Castle Park? To get involved or for more information, please contact Amanda at Polk County Public Health SHIP at 218-281-3385.