I think … maybe …hopefully, spring has sprung! And you know what that means … warm weather to play in. Play doesn’t have to be tag or baseball or merry-go-rounds. I like to “play” in my garden. And bike riding feels like play because I rode around the block, had bike parades, and even took friends for rides on my handlebars when I was a kid. Play can be dancing in your seat at a summer rock concert. Or trying to catch butterflies at the Botanical Conservatory. Play is whatever we find fun and should be enjoyed as often as possible.
And it is my duty, and pleasure, to share some more play opportunities with you during the months of May and June:
Family Fun Day on May 4, 9:30 am – 3 pm in Shoaff Park is the ultimate play experience for the whole family. There are cool races for the kids: Trike the Trail is a 1/8 mile trike race for boys and girls 3 – 5 years old that starts at 9 am. The Spring Sprint is a 1.1 mile foot race for boys and girls ages 6 – 11 that starts at 9:30 am. Register before April 26 at www.fortwayneparks.org and the kids will get a free t-shirt with the $10 fee. You can sign your kids up the day of the race, at least 30 minutes before start time, but there may not be t-shirts left and the fee goes up to $15 for each event. There will be prizes for all the trike riders and certificates for the top finishers in the sprint. (Trike the Trail registration code: 243903-S1. Spring Sprint registration code: 243904-S1.)
Family Fun Day doesn’t end with the races. There will be outdoor games, hands-on crafts, inflatables, live llamas and other animals to pet. Your kids can rent a table for $11 and have their own “garage sale” to sell their gently used toys and books. Call 427-6000 before April 30 to rent your space. Or your kids can just shop for toys and books. The Children’s Gently Used Book Swap & Sale will also take place that day in the park. The price of books are 25 cents to about $1.
For those of you who “play” with landscaping and in the garden, the Mother’s Day Plant Sale is Friday – Sunday, May 10 – 12 at the McMillen Ice Arena, 3901 Abbott Street. This space is perfect for spreading out hundreds and hundreds of every plant imaginable. There will be a plant list at www.botanicalconservatory.org soon. Did you know there are about 100 different types of basil? Amazing.
Mother’s Day in the Garden also takes place that weekend at the Botanical Conservatory–on Sunday. Mom’s get in free that day, from noon – 4 pm. The Butterflies with an African Beat showcase will be a highlight of that special day. Bring your mom in early so she gets a free plant before they run out.
In late May and June, the Foellinger Outdoor Theatre doors open and the entertainment begins arriving. This is when you’ll know summer is finally here! If you haven’t already heard, the band Chicago is coming in August. We also have Little River Band, America and Kansas scheduled this year, as well as many favorites coming back. The complete schedule, concert fees, and a link to order tickets can be found at www.foellingertheatre.org.
Until next time, have fun!