Families are invited to explore all that Hopewell Valley has to offer in the great outdoors during Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play!, a free 3-day event June 11-13.

Local community and environmental organizations have planned outdoor activities which will take place throughout Hopewell Valley This year’s activities include an outdoor art room, an evening walk in a nature preserve, a scavenger hunt, a guided nature hike, building gnome and fairy houses, science after sunset and much more. This event has been coordinated through the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play! was developed 5 years ago when school and community representatives got together to discuss the benefits of being outdoors and the lack of time many of our children spend in nature..

“Research has shown the overwhelming benefits of being outdoors as it relates to our overall health and well-being. Children don’t play as much outside as they used to so our hope by providing these activities is that children and their parents will enjoy the outdoors and leave their cell phones, video games and computer screens behind”, says Heidi Kahme of the Municipal Alliance.

The Hopewell Valley boasts a range of creeks, parks, lakes, bike paths, walking trails, playgrounds and open spaces. Organizers of Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play! hope people of all ages will learn about these special places in their own backyard and return often.

A complete list of activities can be found here:

Come Outside and Play Activities 2015


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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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