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Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester. Courtesy photo.




Kids to Parks Day 

Where: Veterans Memorial Park, located on Elm Street between Central and Merrimack streets, Manchester 
When: Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free
Visit: Kidstoparks.org and Facebook.com/CityOfManchesterNHParksRec




Park it
Celebration at Veterans Park encourages families to get outside

05/19/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Manchester will participate in the nationwide Kids to Parks Day for the first time this year, with dance performances, Japanese drumming, storytelling and crafts at Veterans Park on Elm Street.

The event happens on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“I’m a big proponent of kids playing outside and enjoying and engaging with nature,” said Manchester’s recreation and enterprise manager, Janet Horvath, who proposed the idea of a Manchester Kids to Parks Day celebration. “I just recently started working for the city and thought this would be a great way to get families to come to the park with their kids.”
Several performances will take place on the park stage, starting with youth dancers from Dimensions in Dance presenting excerpts from their end-of-the-year production, Beauty and the Beast, at 10 a.m. (The full show can be seen at the Palace Theatre in Manchester on Saturday, May 28).
At 11 a.m., staff from the Manchester City Library will take the stage with storytelling, inspiring kids to spend more time outside through nature-based books.
Beginning at noon, Jason Seymore will demonstrate Japanese taiko drumming, followed by a storytelling and history about the ancient art form and an opportunity for people at the park to try out the instruments for themselves.  
Finally, there will be tables with make-and-take nature crafts for kids, plus giveaways throughout the day.
Veterans Park is one of two locations in the state offering Kids to Parks Day activities, the other location being Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. 
Horvath said the lack of participation in the nationwide event is probably due to the timing, since most recreation departments are preoccupied with summer preparations in May, but Manchester has been “trying to increase recreational opportunities, and [Kids to Parks Day] is one of them.”
“We have a huge number of parks that are just amazing,” she said, “and Veterans Park, which is right in downtown, is a great place to promote that and show how you can get in touch with nature in the center of a city.”
Horvath said that if there’s a decent turnout and level of interest this year, Manchester will likely make its Kids to Parks Day celebration an annual occasion and will continue to add more festivities to it.
“This will be a great inaugural event, and I’d love to see more people and groups have tables set up and offer more activities and things to do,” she said. “We’re definitely hoping we can expand on it in the future.” 





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