Games, contests and a movie will be among the activities at the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department's fifth annual Summer Celebration next week.
The annual event, featuring a myriad of free children's activities, will return to Thompson Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 17.
This year's activities will include inflatable obstacle courses, boxing rings and mazes, as well as live music by the Dr. Awkward Band, face painting and tethered hot-air balloon rides.
"Summer Celebration is one of four seasonal events hosted by the city's parks and recreation department," said Emma Speight, Upper Arlington community affairs director. "It is, first and foremost, a great family-oriented event that allows the community to celebrate summer, gather with friends and for the kids to enjoy a variety of activities and games.
"It also helps showcase the parks and recreation department and some of its programming areas."
Other activities will include a dolphin slide, balloon making and breakdancing.
Although there are fees attached to some activities, admission to Summer Celebration is free.
The evening will culminate with the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation's Movie in the Park screening of The Avengers, which is rated PG-13.
"The demographic we are catering to is families," Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Director Tim Moloney said. "We try and have a wide variety of games, activities and attractions for children 3 to 17."
Moloney said the event typically draws about 2,500 people.
He added that parking will be available in the McCoy Road and Gavin Road lots, as well as at St. Andrew's Church, at the corner of Reed and McCoy roads.
Additional information is available at uaoh.net or by calling 614-583-5300.
Any weather-related news or cancellation announcements will be available after 2 p.m. July 17 at 614-583-534.
"Summer Celebration is a fantastic way for families to enjoy the warm weather and each other in a fun and safe environment," Moloney said.