Parents in Mobile agree that National Play Outside Day should be celebrated every day, not just once a month

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – As kids become more engaged with digital devices, it’s more important than ever to be able to put down their electronic devices and go outside.

National Game Day outdoors is celebrated on the first Saturday of each month, but because of rain along the Gulf Coast, families took advantage of Sunday’s sunny skies to enjoy the outdoors.

The national game outside of the day is a little reminder for parents to get their kids to stretch their legs and use up all that energy, at least once a month.

“It’s so crucial that they get out of the house and away from video games and exercise and just get out in the sun,” said Will Seymour, a father of two.

It’s what motivates Will Seymour to take his kids to local parks like Langan Park in Mobile almost every day.

“We’re really just emphasizing the importance of being outside. You know, of course, that playing on your Xbox or your iPad is fun, but playing outside is just as much fun,” Seymour said.

Scott Johnson said his kids always jump for joy when it’s time to go to the park but believes more time outside is needed.

According to statistics, only thirty percent of all children in America play outside.

“I think getting outside should definitely be at least, if not daily, a weekly tradition for your family,” Johnson said.

Both dads agree that having nice parks to take their families to is a big factor in their kids’ time outdoors. They said the city and county leaders are doing a great job renovating and improving local parks.

“Having those spaces to just let them run free is really important to me and gives them a little bit of what I had as a kid,” Johnson said.

“Like here at Langan Park, it’s such a beautiful area, it has so much potential and you know, with the right help and the right people in charge, I think we have, I think these areas can really be the best of the best Alabama,” Seymour said.

Chickasabogue and Bayfront Park are undergoing renovations and improvements. Both are scheduled to reopen next year. Parents in Mobile agree that National Play Outside Day should be celebrated every day, not just once a month

Chris Estrada

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