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Celebrate Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play

Children have fun on the bike trails at

Children have fun on the bike trails at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon. Credit: Kirsten Luce

If your little ones prefer to spend a Saturday in front of the television, here's some motivation to help them put down the remote.

Tomorrow, Nickelodeon is encouraging kids to head outdoors and play for its 9th annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP).

From 12-3 p.m., the network's channels -- Nicktoons, Nick Jr. and TeenNick, as well as their companion sites -- Nick.com, NickJr.com, Nicktoons.com and TeenNick.com will go off-air and offline to motivate children to get up and get active.

Then, at 5 p.m., Nick will premiere “I Play Because,” an action-packed special highlighting how kids around the world celebrated WWDoP. The half-hour special will be hosted by Nickelodeon stars and will feature appearances by first lady Michelle Obama, David Beckham, U.S. Olympic gold medalists Nastia Liukin and Apolo Ohno, as well as musical performances by The Wanted and Rachel Crow.

To help facilitate the get moving campaign for kids, the USTA is encouraging tennis clubs, tennis facilities, schools, parks and recreational organizations throughout the country to host USTA Free Tennis Play Days through Oct. 6. During these events, children will have the opportunity to play tennis as well as participate in a variety of tennis skill and game challenges. For more information, visit youthtennis.com.

Looking for active things to do with your kids on Long Island? Here are a few suggestions:

Check out a family fall festival.

Go bike riding -- or hit the playground -- at local parks.

Learn something at an outdoor classroom.

Let loose at an indoor play space.

Head to one of the many animal farm petting zoos.

 

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