Yes, “International Mud Day” is a thing. Created at a World Forum conference as a way to unite children around the world and encourage appreciation of the earth beneath our feet, International Mud Day has been a growing global source of connection and celebration since 2009.
This year, Hickory Knolls Discovery Center joins in the fun by hosting its first-ever Mud Day event on Sunday, April 29 from 1 to 2:30 PM. Prepare to get dirty with games and activities that encourage kids of all ages to squish, scoop and slosh their way through mud pits and puddles.
Very much a hands-on program, participants are encouraged to bring a change of clothes. Go barefoot or wear rain boots! Bring your cameras for fun photo opportunities! There will be trucks and shovels for digging and building, activity stations to make mud pies and even create your own bit of “mud magic.” Kids, and adults, can learn fascinating facts such as what the state soil of Illinois is and how worms help create garden compost.
“You can get as muddy as you want,” said Laura McCoy, Nature Programs Supervisor. “It’s impossible not to laugh and have a good time when you know that you’re actually supposed to get dirty.”
The fee is $5 per person. Ages 2 & under are free. Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
For more information, contact Laura McCoy at 630-513-4393. Text stcparks to 223344 to receive St. Charles Park District event notices and offers.