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Play Every Day Blog > Posts > Get out and play at the first Teddy Bear Picnic
 

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July 12
Get out and play at the first Teddy Bear Picnic

teddy bear picnic - Kids checking out the new playground.jpgThe state’s 6th annual Ted Stevens Day is coming up on July 23, 2016, and there are lots of fun activities planned around the state to help Alaskans get out and play. One of these family-friendly events in Anchorage is focusing on including children and adults who experience disabilities in playground fun.

The Ted Stevens Foundation is partnering with Parks for All, the Anchorage Park Foundation, ARC of Anchorage, Special Olympics Alaska, Healthy Futures, and other local groups to host the first "Teddy Bear Picnic" at Cuddy Family Midtown Park in Anchorage. Cuddy Park was Anchorage’s first inclusive playground, accessible to people who use wheelchairs and other assistive mobility devices.
 
The event organizers are encouraging families to bring their children — and their teddy bears — to the park between noon and 4 p.m. to enjoy a picnic, music, a parade and playtime. 
 
“The activities are geared toward including all kids and families in the fun,” said Beth Nordlund, executive director of the Anchorage Park Foundation, one of the partners in the Teddy Bear Picnic event. “We hope kids enjoy a bit of pretend creative time, play on the playground, and have fun with the other kids. We hope the adults take advantage of this great community gathering for family fun while they learn about the importance of inclusive play. No child should have to sit on the side of a park — inclusive play is for all of us!” 
Matias Saari, event support coordinator for Healthy Futures, says the organization is excited to be involved in the Ted Stevens Day event.
 
“The activities will be both fun and healthy, and we anticipate the event as a whole will build awareness of the Inclusive Play Movement and importance of wholesome outdoor opportunities for all kids,” he said. 
 
Ted Stevens Day Teddy Bear Picnic
Cuddy Family Midtown Park, Anchorage
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.