The park’s free series of events, called Summer in the Park, offers plenty of opportunities for families to get outside and socialize with others.
Below is a sampling of activities you and your family can enjoy this week.
Tuesday, July 17
11:30 a.m. — Stained “Glass” Animals: Meet at the main bath house to create your own amazing “stained glass” animals. They look like glass, but they won’t break like glass since they’re made of tissue paper. Bring your creativity; park staff will bring the supplies.
2 p.m. — Paddleboat Explorers: Explore Duck Island from the water. We’ll be paddle boating, so be prepared to get wet. Meet at the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the marina. You must sign up in advance at the camp store since space is limited. There will be a small fee. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and anyone under 18 must have an adult sign a release form.
9 p.m. — Lamp-lit Night Hike: Take a "de-light-full" hike through the dark forest. We'll light up the trail with old-timey kerosene lanterns and discover a "new world" of life after dark. We’ll supply the lanterns, but children should bring flashlights instead for safety. Drive to the camp store, and we'll carpool to the park backcountry.
Wednesday, July 18
8 a.m. — Yoga: Leave your troubles behind. Let’s clear our minds with some relaxing stretches and breathing exercises. Bring your yoga mat or blanket to the Open Air Chapel or main bath house if it’s raining.
3 p.m. — Seed Races: Wind, water and animals carry seeds of new trees and plants all across the land. Our “wind” can help, too. Meet at the Open Air Chapel to show off your “hot air” and plant some new life. Meet at the main bath house if it rains.
9 p.m. — Night Vision: Come find out who has great night vision, and we’ll even test out our own. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or the pool entrance if it’s raining.
Thursday, July 19
11:30 a.m. — Bike Hike to the Overlook: Let’s travel together, on bicycle and on foot, to search for signs of the people and the wildlife that have traveled here. Pedal down to the camp store. Note that all riders must wear a bicycle helmet, and children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
5 p.m. — Frisbee Games: How far, how fast or how accurately can you make the plastic disks fly? Come have a flying good time. Meet at the Open Air Chapel. The park has plenty of extra Frisbees.
7 p.m. — Nature Art: You’ll be amazed at how creative you can be with nature’s own “crayons.” Meet at the Open Air Chapel to create your own natural masterpiece. If it’s raining, meet at the main bath house.
Friday, July 20
9:30 a.m. — Nature Photography Walk: Come practice your camera skills, or just come to enjoy the natural beauty. Bring your camera if you have one and drive to the camp store. We’ll carpool to the start of our walk. We might even have a few extra cameras, if you’d like to borrow one.
11 a.m. — Leather Crafts: Create your own custom-made keychain or bracelet. Meet at the main bath house to design your leather souvenir. (Limit of one per person.)
3 p.m. — Watermelon Seeds: Come enjoy a fresh summer treat and show off your seed-spitting skills. Meet at the main bathhouse for a friendly and delicious competition.
Saturday, July 21
1 p.m. — Micro-Parks: Here’s your chance to plan and share your own nature park. You might even get “paid” by your “customers.” Bring your best park managing skills to the Open Air Chapel or main bath house if it’s raining.
7 p.m. — Animal Masks: What can you be? How about a wolf, a bear, a kitten or even a creature you design yourself. Bring your imagination to the main bath house.
9 p.m. — Critter Campfire: What a great combination: a dark night, a bright fire and some exciting animal tales. If you made a mask at 7, be sure to bring it to the campfire. Meet at the campfire circle on the east end of the main campground. If it’s raining, there will be an indoor “campfire” at the pool entrance.
Sunday, July 22
9 a.m. — Worship Service: Enjoy a peaceful morning worship service at the Open Air Chapel or at the pool entrance if it’s raining. The service is sponsored by Colonial Heights Baptist Church.
For the complete “Summer in the Park” schedule, visit tnstateparks.com/parks/about/warriors-path.