Kids to Parks Day

at Missouri State Parks

May 2022

Organized by the National Parks Trust, Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide celebration of the great outdoors and is designed to connect kids and families with their local, state and national parks and public lands through thousands of events that promote discovery and exploration in the great outdoors. By discovering and exploring parks and public lands, kids across the country can learn about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, natural history, and the history and culture of our country.

Kids to Parks Day is traditionally recognized on the third Saturday in May, which is May 21 this year. However, as a way to ensure everyone can participate in this nationwide movement, the National Park Trust is expanding its efforts and including any event in May that invites children and families to get outdoors.

Below is a list of Kids to Parks Day events being held in Missouri state parks and historic sites. Click on the name of the event or the park/historic site for more information about the event. Please note that these events are subject to change or cancellation.

For more information about the national initiative, visit the National Park Trust's website at are encouraged to log their adventures on social media with #KidstoParks.

Name of Event
May 1-31 April Showers Bring May Flowers Crowder State Park, Trenton 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., daily
May 1-31 Wild Edibles Scavenger Hunt Sam A. Baker State Park, Patterson  
May 7 Guided Bison Saunter Prairie State Park, Mindenmines 10 a.m. to noon
May 7 Truman Day Harry S Truman State Park, Lamar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 14 Kids Free Fishing Day Roaring River State Park, Cassville 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.
May 14 Living History Saturdays: Kids Day at the Homestead Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead State Historic Site, Ash Grove 10 a.m. to noon
May 15 Blood Moon Total Eclipse Viewing Event Elephant Rocks State Park, Belleview 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
May 15 World Migratory Bird Day Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood 10 a.m. to noon
May 21 Hiking for Beginners Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon 1-1:30 p.m.
May 21 Kids to Parks Day Thousand Hills State Park, Kirksville 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 21 Postponed: Kids to Parks Day: Creatures of Myth and Legend First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, St. Charles 11 a.m. to noon
May 21-22 Maifest and Kids to Parks Day Deutschheim State Historic Site, Hermann Sat: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sun: 2-3 p.m.
May 21 Spring on the Farm Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site, Lawson Noon to 4 p.m.
May 21 Postponed: Summer Outdoor Concert: Three Crooked Men First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, St. Charles 7-8:30 p.m.
May 21 Youth Fishing Day Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia 10 a.m. to noon
May 28 Campfire Stories Stockton State Park, Dadeville 8-9 p.m.
May 28 Makin' Tracks Crowder State Park, Trenton 10:30-11:30 a.m.
May 28 Summer Concert: Kirk Pierce Echo Bluff State Park, Eminence 8 p.m.
May 28-29 Sweet Start to Summer Washington State Park, De Soto 2 p.m.
May 29 Summer Concert: Collin Nash Echo Bluff State Park, Eminence 8 p.m.