If your family’s summer plans include outdoor adventures but not a generous travel budget, let the City of Loveland Parks and Recreation Department guide you to the many free activities and events coming soon to a park near you. from your place.
The department is releasing the 2022 Kids to Parks Adventure Book on Saturday, an activity booklet that challenges families to explore Loveland’s parks and open spaces in June, July and August.
“I’m so excited to be back to normal and to have the opportunity to do all the fun things that we have,” said Kerry Helke, senior recreation coordinator for Loveland Parks and Recreation. “And I’m really excited about Kidchella, the new event at the end of the summer where people can turn in their books and get their prize.”
The book is published in time to celebrate Children in the parks day, an annual ‘play day’ organized by the National Park Trust to encourage children and families to get out and visit public land. On May 17, the Loveland City Council offered its support for the occasion by issuing a proclamation naming Saturday Kids to Parks Day in Loveland and urging residents to find recreation at a local, state, or national park.
The city’s “Kids to Parks Adventure Book” keeps the celebration going all summer long.
The colorful 16-page booklet features games, puzzles and scavenger hunts that explore Loveland’s history and natural environment, plus drawing and coloring pages that encourage participants to express their appreciation for public spaces of Loveland through art.
The booklet also includes details of the long list of free family events taking place at Loveland Parks this summer, which include “a bit of something for everyone,” Helke said.
Among his favorites is Movies in the Park, a rotating outdoor movie night that kicks off June 3 with “Onward” at Foote Lagoon. Other screenings include “Happy Gilmore” at Mariana Butte Golf Course on July 15 and “Pirates of the Caribbean” for movie night at the Winona Outdoor Pool on July 23.
“We try to create fun activities themed around each of the movies,” Helke said. “It’s always fun for me to create these little extras and add-ons and not just have the movie.”
Helke also noted that there are other “kid-friendly” events at Fairgrounds Park Farmer’s Market in 2022, including Children’s Day in July, Watermelon Daze in August and Honey Festival in September.
“It’s about bringing in people who might not be familiar with the farmers market,” she said. “The Honey Party was a huge success in 2019, the first year we did it, and we brought people from all over the region.”
The city will also host its annual 4th of July celebration at North Lake Park. Festivities include a kids’ zone, bike parade, cornhole tournament, and live music, plus fireworks after dark.
Participants can earn stickers or stamps for completing activities or for attending events.
On August 20, stamped booklets can be redeemed for a prize at Kidchella, a children’s music and arts festival.
“We’re going to have musicians and all kinds of cool stuff on stage, and opportunities for kids to do little arts and crafts projects, and carnival games,” she said. “It’s really just an afternoon to celebrate the kids and have fun.”
Parks and Recreation staff will distribute the Kids to Parks 2022 Adventure Book during the 3D/Aspire Kite Festival at Loveland Sports Park (weather permitting). Copies will also be available at the Chilson Leisure Center and other locations across the city from Monday. For specific locations, answer keys and more, please visit https://www.lovgov.org/services/parks-recreation/events/kids-to-parks-day.