With winter in the rear view mirror, Bombay Hook wants kids to see how much fun there is to be had in Delaware's great outdoors.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge will host lots of tiny little hands and inquisitive eyes this weekend for its first “Children’s Adventure Day.”

“It’s part of our effort to get children more involved with nature and to get them outdoors,” said Deputy Refuge Manager Oscar Reed. “Everything we have planned is hands-on, giving kids the opportunity to touch and feel nature.”

The entrance fee and all the activities will be free. There will even be free juice and water. Organizers are encouraging families to bring a picnic lunch as well.

Schedule of events

Children’s   Adventure   Day

Schedule of Events

11 a.m. Identify native birds and plants at Raymond Tower

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Blue Goose Visits

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blue Migration hurdles and bird adaptation games

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts with fish prints, Monarch butterflies and animal tracks

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pot a plant

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn how to use binoculars and identify birds

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Particpate in Purple Martin nest checks

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Try out archery

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit with the State Forest Service and learn about the importance of the forest in Delaware

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Full access to the 12-mile wildlife drive as well as five walking trails and 3 observation towers

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Use dip nets in brackish water and see what lives there

11:30 am. To 2 p.m. Use dip nets in fresh water and see what lives there

12 p.m. Identify native birds and plants at Raymond Tower

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Look for salamanders and bugs

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Smokey Bear drops by for a visit

1 p.m. Identify native birds and plants at Raymond Tower

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sing songs and hear stories about frogs, deer, ducks and salamandars