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March 27, 2012 > Family Day at the Park

Family Day at the Park

By Mekala Neelakantan

Spring has sprung! Family Day is Newark's annual response to the return of lengthening sunny days and a forecast of summer days ahead. Family Day at the Park, hosted by Newark Recreation and Community Services, offers a plethora of entertainment for everyone including opportunities to enjoy arts and crafts, learn about community organizations and services and the highlight of the morning... an Easter Egg Hunt.

An annual event, "Family Day at the Park" began nearly 19 years ago, as an expansion of a traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Senior Supervisor Karen Moraida wanted to enhance the family experience by including activities such as arts and crafts, egg-dying, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny in addition to the egg hunt. Since then, "Family Day at the Park" has been become Newark's best attended "community-wide special event," attracting close to 2,500 attendees each year. Much of its success is the result of a large group of volunteers including many teens who monitor the arts and crafts projects and other children's activities, while members of the local Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club assist with egg-dyeing (sponsored by the Newark Rotary Club) and the egg hunt.

This year, participants can expect another morning of family fun, featuring inflatable bouncers, art projects, games, egg-dyeing, and egg hunts. Families are encouraged to bring a camera and an Easter basket. "Family Day at the Park" also serves as a community resource fair providing information about programs and services of local non-profit and government organizations including fire and police personnel.

"This is a special event not to be missed," said Recreation and Community Services Director David Zehnder. "It is a great community-building opportunity for Newark residents that attracts several generations of attendees. Events like this make Newark a special place to live, work, and play!"

"Family Day at the Park" begins at 9 a.m. at the Newark Community Park. Easter Egg Hunt start times are 9:30 a.m. for children 3 years and younger, 10 a.m. for children from 4 to 5 years old, 10:30 a.m. for kindergarten through first graders, and 11 a.m. for second through fifth graders. For more information regarding the event, call (510)578-4852.

Family Day at the Park
Saturday, Mar 31
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Newark Community Park
35501 Cedar Blvd., Newark
(510) 578-4852

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