A May 20 event at Sunny 95 Park will offer children and parents a glimpse of programs available to them this summer through the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.
The department will hold its Spring Fling from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane.
Children who attend will be able to participate in a plethora of activities, including a fishing derby with prize packets going to the boy and girl who land the largest lunker, horseback riding, inflatable games and arts and crafts.
There also will be chances to see vehicles from the city's police, fire and public services fleets, as well as vehicles from the Columbus Police Division bomb squad. The Turtle Lady will be on hand with her range of reptiles, and there will be live music.
"It's a very kid-, family-oriented event," said Mac Kinney, Upper Arlington Parks and Rec program coordinator. "You can get up in there in a truck and honk a horn or turn the lights on and we have a fishing derby for boys and girls of all ages. It's just very interactive. We have a Box City where, over the past year, we've gathered up tons of cardboard boxes and kids can create a house or town."
Although the Spring Fling is primarily designed as a day of fun and games, it's also an opportunity for children and families to find out more about the roster of summer camps and other programs that are available.
"Liberty Horse Farms, they'll be bringing a pony because we have a lot of horseback-riding camps over the summer," Kinney said. "Parkour Horizons will be setting up a few obstacles and teaching kids how to run and jump and dive because we have a big summer camp with them."
There is no cost or registration required to attend the Spring Fling, and most activities are free.
The event also will help kick off adult summer programming, such as the Upper Arlington farmers market, which returns this year on May 17. The market will be held every Wednesday through Sept. 28 in the parking lot at the Upper Arlington Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road, offering fresh and local produce, perennials and herbs, potted and hanging baskets of plants, etc.
"This year, we have added seven new farmers to the market and we are excited about the variety of Ohio Proud products that can be found at our market," said Matt Leber, Upper Arlington's recreation superintendent.
Leber said a "nominal fee" would be charged for some of the activities and the food and beverages offered at the Spring Fling.
"It is an exciting time in parks and recreation as we prepare for our busy summer season that includes day camps, the opening of our pools and tennis facilities and many special events and activities," he said. "The opening of the farmers market and Spring Fling unofficially kick off our summer season.
More information about the Spring Fling and the citiy's parks and recreation programming can be found on the city's website, uaoh.net.
In case of bad weather, information about possible program changes will be be avalable on the city's social-media pages and by calling the Class and Ballfield number at 614-583-5345.