Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Announces Details About Kids Day Event
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Diana Wood, BPRW Marketing & Outreach Manager, 802.865.7089
The 33rd annual Kids Day event presented by MVP Health Care
will take place at Waterfront Park on May 5 from 10 am to 3 pm
BURLINGTON, VT, April 30, 2018 — Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront (BPRW) today announced details about this year’s annual Kids Day Event presented by MVP Health Care. For more than 30 years the City of Burlington has produced this free event for kids and families. The annual tradition kicks off the summer event season at Waterfront Park.
Cindi Wight, director of BPRW, said, “It is part of our department’s mission to create fun and inclusive opportunities for the kids and families of the Burlington area. Events like Kids Day build a greater sense of community by partnering with local organizations and businesses that help foster healthy activities.”
“Thanks to our presenting sponsor, MVP Health Care, we can offer a full afternoon of activities and entertainment for kids and families,” Wright added.
“MVP Health Care has a strong commitment to our communities and to making them great places to live and work. For more than 30 years, Burlington’s Kids Day has provided families with a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors, enjoy some fun activities and celebrate this wonderful community. We are very pleased to be a part of this family friendly event,” said Ted Herman, senior leader, marketing & communications at MVP Health Care.
As is tradition, the event begins with a parade starting at 9:30 am leading to the park. This year’s route will head down College Street beginning at Church Street. For parade safety, College Street will be closed to traffic shortly before and for the duration of the parade. A parking ban will be in effect from 7 am to 10:30 am for parade participant safety. BPRW asks that vehicles be moved off of College Street before 7 am on Saturday, May 5, or the vehicles will be towed by the city. All streets surrounding College Street will have available parking.
This year’s Kids Day activities are too many to count but include inflatable bouncers, reptile meet-and-greets, face painting, train rides, crafts, balloon creatures, mermaids, e-bike demos, petting zoos, bucket truck rides, bike helmet decorating, tennis, softball derby, food and more!
Free lunches, provided by the Burlington School Project, will be available for children under 18.
New this year, several event partners will organize a STEAM tent featuring: virtual reality demos and a digital inclusion quilt project with Burlington Telecom, a mini makers space with 3-D printer and examples, laser cut cardboard games, and a mechanical spirograph with Generator, and LED flower crafts with CEDO!
The entertainment tent includes local cheerleading, the Oyster River Middle School Jazz band, A2VT music and dance blending African roots with Western pop and hip hop, and African drumming from Burlington Kids After-School Drummers. There’s more entertainment in the Young Tradition Vermont performance tent. For years, young performers have taken the stage in early May to share their talents in singing, dancing, and playing traditional music.
Additional thanks go to our other sponsors: Price Chopper/Market32, Local 22 & Local 44, WOKO & KOOL 105, and KidsVT. “We’d also like to thank our volunteers and city departments that help BPRW put on this amazing annual event. We couldn’t do it without them!” said Wright.
Complete details about the event and activities can be found on www.btvkidsday.com.
The event will take place rain or shine.