Loveland Parks and Recreation pronounces Youngsters to Parks summer season booklet – Loveland Reporter-Herald


If your family’s summer plans include outdoor adventures but don’t include a generous travel budget, let the City of Loveland’s Parks and Recreation Department guide you to the many free activities and events coming soon to a park near you.

On Saturday, the department is releasing the 2022 Kids to Parks Adventure Book, an activity booklet that challenges families to explore Loveland’s parks and open spaces in June, July and August.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to normal and having the opportunity to do all the fun things that we have,” said Kerry Helke, Loveland Parks and Recreation’s senior recreation coordinator. “And I’m really looking forward to Kidchella, the new event at the end of the summer where people can drop off their books and receive their prize.”

The book comes out in time for the celebration of Kids to Parks Day, an annual ‘play day’ organized by the National Park Trust to encourage children and families to get outdoors and visit public lands. On May 17, Loveland City Council offered its support for the cause by issuing a proclamation calling 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 throughout the summer.

The colorful 16-page booklet includes games, puzzles and scavenger hunts that explore Loveland’s history and natural surroundings, as well as drawing and coloring pages that encourage participants to express their appreciation for Loveland’s public spaces through art.

The brochure also includes details about the long list of free family events taking place at Loveland parks this summer, including “something for everyone,” Helke said.

One of her favorites is Movies in the Park, a rotating outdoor movie night beginning June 3 with Onward at Foote Lagoon. Other screenings include “Happy Gilmore” at the Mariana Butte Golf Course on July 15 and “Pirates of the Caribbean” for a dip movie night at Winona’s outdoor pool on July 23.

“We try to create fun activities that are themed with each of the films,” said Helke. “I always enjoy making those little extras and add-ons, rather than just having the movie.”

Helke also noted that there will be some additional “kid-friendly” events at the Fairgrounds Park Farmers’ Market in 2022, including Kids Day in July, Watermelon Daze in August, and the Honey Festival in September.

“This is to invite people who may not be familiar with the farmers’ market,” she said. “The Honey Festival was a huge success in 2019, the first year we’ve done it, and we’ve attracted people from all over the region.”

The city will also hold its annual Fourth of July Celebration at North Lake Park. In addition to the after-dark fireworks show, the celebrations include a kids’ zone, bike parade, cornhole tournament, and live music.

Participants can earn stickers or stamps for completing the activities or for attending the events.

On August 20th, stamped booklets can be redeemed for a prize at Kidchella, a children-only music and arts festival.

“We’ll have musicians and all sorts of cool things on stage and opportunities for the kids to do little arts and crafts projects and carnival games,” she said. “It’s really just an afternoon to celebrate kids and have fun.”

Parks and Recreation staff will be distributing the 2022 Kids to Parks Adventure Book at the 3D/Aspire Kite Festival at Loveland Sports Park (weather permitting). Copies will also be available Monday at the Chilson Recreation Center and other locations around town. For specific locations, answer keys and more, please visit entertainment/events/kids-to-parks-day.