With the city's first Kid Fest Block Party scheduled for this weekend, along with movies at Huber Park, the upcoming Fourth of July festivities and outdoor music concerts, families can find a lot to do this summer.
"We select activities based on what worked well in the past, or recommendations from the community or our own interests," Parks and Recreation Director Donna Bauman said. "Our goal is to bring people outside for family-friendly fun and enjoy the great outdoors."
Kid Fest and movies
Families could "double the fun" on Saturday, June 24, since the Reynoldsburg Kid Fest begins at noon and goes until 4 p.m. at Cotner Park, in front of the mural at 7347 E. Main St., followed by a Movie Night in Huber Park begins at 6 p.m., at 1520 Davidson Drive.
The Kid Fest will include bounce houses, a student art show, free food, a bike-decorating contest, chalk art and hula-hoop and jump-rope contests. Although the festival is free, people are asked to bring a canned or nonperishable food item to donate to the Reynoldsburg Helping Hands food pantry.
Movie Night at Huber Park that evening will feature "The Secret Life of Pets."
Bauman said the movie does not begin until dusk, but when people show up at 6 p.m., they can participate in a number of fun activities.
"There is always a craft that is associated with the movie, plus free play activities, such as soccer, jump rope, hula hoop, bubbles and sidewalk chalk," she said. "We also have at least one food vendor present."
The movies are shown every other week at Huber Park, so the next ones are July 8, July 22, Aug. 12 and Aug. 26.
Fourth of July
Bauman said the city's Independence Day celebration will start at 6 p.m. Monday, July 3, at Civic Park, 6800 Daugherty Road. Inflatables will be available from 6 to 9 p.m.
"They are all free and we will have five inflatables, plus a mechanical bull and a rock-climbing wall," she said.
Food vendors Kona Ice, Cupzilla and Betty's Kitchen will also be available.
Live music will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
However, Bauman said, the entrance to Civic Park will close at 9:15 p.m. so crews can safely prepare for the fireworks display, set to begin at 9:45 p.m.
Also, in order to prepare for the festivities, Civic Park will close at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 2, and won't reopen until 6 p.m. July 3, Bauman said.
The Fourth of July parade is scheduled to take place on July 4 at 10 a.m., starting at the intersection of Rosehill Road and East Main Street.
Mary Hudson, director of the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and member of the Reynoldsburg Community Association, said longtime City Councilman Mel Clemens will be this year's grand marshal.
The Reynoldsburg Community Band will present outdoor summer Sunday concerts at 7 p.m. July 9 and Aug. 13 at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center, 1520 Davidson Drive.
The band will also peform at 7 p.m. July 23 and Aug. 27 at the Livingston House, 1792 Graham Road.