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"Park Pals" is working on getting more kids out to play

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Kids in Rhodes Park on Friday were making ice cream. Kids in Rhodes Park on Friday were making ice cream.

Getting kids outside in the summer months is important, but can also be difficult. A revitalized program, Park Pals, is working on getting more kids out to play.

From now until August 11, four Great Falls Parks -- Rhodes Park, Carter Park, Lion's Park, and Chowen Springs Park -- will have organized activities for kids Monday through Friday.

The activities are supervised by two adults and they usually start with an project.

Kids in Rhodes Park on Friday were making ice cream.

"They're also engaging the kids in active play, and from Get Fit Great Falls perspective that is really the most important thing. It's just teaching kids to love our parks, which seems really silly but these days kids are comfortable at home, they're playing in front of a computer or they're playing on their phones and we want to show them what a great resource we have in our city parks," said Kim Skornogoski, Get Fit Great Falls president.

The Park Pals rotate throughout the day. Rhodes Park will have activities from 10am to 11am, Carter Park activities are from 11:15am to 12:15pm, Lion's Park is 12:25pm to 1:25pm, and Chowen Springs Park is 2pm to 3pm. There will also be free lunch served at Rhodes, Carter, and Lion's Parks. 

(JUNE 15, 2017) School is out and the summer season is here, and while many kids are excited, access to healthy food choices may be problematic for some.

From now through August 11, Great Falls Public Schools Nutrition Program will be offering free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday around Great Falls.

Breakfast is served at the Salvation Army and Longfellow Elementary School starting at 8am.

Lunch locations rotate throughout the day with stops including Gibson Park, Rhodes Park, Lewis and Clark Elementary, Lions Park, and Longfellow Elementary.

The meals are well-rounded and and include fruits, vegetables, and milk.

Organizers say they hope to feed 400 kids a day all summer, and that the food trucks are about more than healthy meals.

"Kids might not have access to food, or healthy food, and just having kids at a spot where it's safe and you can be around people who want to do activities with you," said Asnaketch Keating, No Kid Hungry Americorp member.

To see the menu for meals throughout the summer and where the food truck will be, visit the Great Falls Public School website.

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