Samuel and Reese had quite a time making mud pies during an International Mud Day event last year.

WHO: Samuel McEnery, 2, and his sister Reese, 4

WHERE: Highbanks Metro Park

WHEN: June 29, 2015

THE BACKSTORY: Samuel and Reese had quite a time making mud pies during an International Mud Day event last year. The World Forum Foundation organized the first of these events June 29, 2011, with the goal of connecting children around the globe through the earth.

This year, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks will hold three International Mud Day events:

• From 1-3 p.m. June 25 at Three Creeks Park (3860 Bixby Road, Groveport), participants can muck around in the Natural Play Area's giant mud pit. Meet at the Confluence Trails bulletin board.

• At Highbanks Metro Park (9466 U.S. Route 23 N., Lewis Center) from 10 a.m. to noon June 29, kids can make mud pies and dirt dessert, dig for worms and paint a muddy mural. Meet at the Big Meadows Picnic Area.

• From 12:30-2:30 p.m. June 29 at Blendon Woods Metro Park (4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville), kids can play and also make a "dirt cup" snack. Meet at the Natural Play Area at Cherry Ridge.