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Jun. 18, 2021 | Friday
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Outdoor activities important for kids, parents say
Logan Murdza, 8, plays at the Virgil Splash Pad on May 23 (Richard Harley/Niagara Now)

The Virgil Splash Pad attracted crowds of kids who enjoyed some outdoor play time over the warm long weekend.

Lauren Murdza took to the park with her children, Logan, 8, Ariya, 3, and baby Max, to burn off some steam and cool off in the water.

“It’s such a breath of fresh air that they're not stuck inside any more and they can finally play because they're so bored stuck at home,” Murdza said.

The mother of three said the social interaction is also important for her daughter, who is starting school next year.

“Just playing in our backyard with our neighbours is just not cutting it,” she said.

Her NOTL mother, Cindy Jenkins, said they try to bring the kids out to different parks in the area when her daughter and grandchildren visit from Niagara Falls.

Murdza believes that the time her children spend outdoors is imperative for their well-being, especially with the amount of time her son spends online for school.

“I changed my son's school routine, just a little bit because five days, online all day is just damaging his well-being. He's not happy,” she said.

“So I made a promise to my kids that, every week, we either take a day off or an afternoon off and we'll go to a new park.”