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Fridays reserved for family fun in Delaware

Library, parks, YMCA, more join forces to bring variety of events to city

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Five Delaware-area organizations will team up to offer a night of family fun every Friday this summer.

The Delaware Family Fridays lineup includes 22 separate programs May 3 through Sept. 27, hosted by Main Street Delaware, the Delaware YMCA, city of Delaware Recreation Department, the Delaware County District Library and Preservation Parks of Delaware County.

"The five organizations are getting together to provide families with something fun to do every week," said Sue Hagan, marketing and communications manager for Preservation Parks.

Main Street Delaware's next five First Friday events in downtown Delaware include the Ohio Machine Fan Fest, featuring pro lacrosse players; the Artful Spaces Tour; Chalk it Up; Picnic with the Cops; and the Dog Days Pet Parade.

First Fridays include a special themed event and youth activities, and downtown businesses stay open late.

The YMCA holds family fun nights on the second Friday of each month year-round, and this summer will host lawn games, a pirate pool party, Christmas in July, a Little Brown Jug activity and Family Double Dare, based on the classic Nickelodeon game show.

"It's going to have games and physical challenges to really get kids and families involved," said Roger Hanafin, youth, teen and family program director at the Y.

All YMCA events will include an arts-and-crafts activity and a healthful snack.

Families can attend Movies at Mingo on the third Friday of each month. A family-friendly movie will be played on a large outdoor screen at the park.

This year's lineup is: Enchanted, Toy Story 3, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Princess Bride and Meet Me in St. Louis.

The fourth Fridays belong to Preservation Parks, which will provide a night hike, programs about frogs and reptiles, family games at Gallant Farm Preserve, an evening of "Paper Moon" portraits and a barn dance.

There are only two fifth Fridays, but the main branch of the Delaware County District Library will fill those with a game night and a Lego extravaganza.

Most programs are free of charge; the YMCA charges $15 per nonmember family for the family nights.

For times and locations of each event, visit Main Street Delaware's website, mainstreetdelaware.com/delaware-family-fridays.html.

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