Nancy Baker is the recreation supervisor for aquatics, special events and special programs for the city of Leavenworth's Parks and Recreation Department. On Saturday, from 1-2:30 p.m., the city will host Easter Festivities and Easter Egg Hunt at 10th Avenue Park. The hunt, for children 12 and under, will take place at 2:30 p.m., with numerous activities beforehand.
In this Q5, Baker discusses this year's event, as well as other Parks and Recreation Department offerings.
1. Is this event a quick egg scramble?
"No, in fact this event has been recreated to provide more of a festival atmosphere, with games, music, physical activities, bounce houses and face painting for children. Leavenworth Parks and Recreation and Sagasu Family Martial Arts are partnering to provide this fun and free family event.
"Local businesses, organizations and clubs are volunteering to set up as vendors, and offering a carnival game or activity for children at their booth. Come down and take in the festivities before the Egg Hunt begins. If your organization would like to volunteer to be a vendor, please contact Karen Baker at (913) 297-0900, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"This event is a wonderful opportunity for your business or organization to reach out to the community and show your support. Last year’s event drew (more than) 750 people."
2. What can families expect to experience at this event?
"Children will enjoy a hands-on, educational and interactive afternoon that will demonstrate the importance of being active, having fun and staying healthy. There will be some surprises as well. Be sure to sign up to participate in the Flash mob. Last year’s group did the Harlem Shake.
"Enjoy demonstrations from Sagasu Family Martial Arts, Zumba led by our own enthusiastic Lydia Perez-Lebron, Katie’s Dance Studio performers and much more. Music from Adams Family DJ will liven up the atmosphere for us. Of course, the Easter Bunny will be there with his pal, the Kangaroo. Look for EB’s Golden Eggs during the Hunt to win a wonderful Easter prize."
3. What type of support from the community, other than participation, does Parks and Recreation need for this weekend's event?
"Volunteers are the key to providing an event like this. Call or email to sign up for this fun opportunity. We need volunteers to help with the set up, run children’s games, bounce house supervisors, hand out goodie bags, dress up in costume or act as a character guide.
"Your monetary donation will go toward the expenses of this event, and will be greatly appreciated. Please call 785-6629 or email me at email@example.com if you would like to make a donation."
4. Parks and Recreation has another big event coming up soon. Tell us about National Kids to Parks Day. When and where will it be, and what's included?
"Last year’s outdoor movie was called Movie Under the Stars. Ray Miller Park was set up to project the outdoor movie on a 42-foot inflatable movie screen. Bounce Houses, music, face painting, games and activities kept the children busy before the movie began at 9:30 p.m. This was the first of this type of event in Leavenworth, and drew about 500 people. With that success, I wanted to try another outdoor movie.
"I selected Stubby Park, for May 17, which is National Kids to Parks Day, encouraging children to get out and play, and explore their neighborhood parks. I want to recreate that festive atmosphere before the movie, so children will enjoy games, activities, music, face painting, and yes, more bounce houses from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Then, the movie “Frozen” begins at 8:30 p.m.
"This trending movie is quite popular now with children, so I am expecting another great turnout. Leavenworth Parks and Recreation is proud to be able to offer this community family event free of charge. If you or your business would like to set up a vendor table and provide an activity or game for children before the movie, or to be a partner in this event, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
5. You mentioned earlier the importance of children staying active. The First City Try-Athlon, designed for children and teens, is April 26. What do we need to know about this offering?
"This is a fun triathlon for ages 7–15. Beginning at 8 a.m., every size, shape and ability will try their skills at swimming, cycling and running. Each finisher will receive a medal, T-shirt and a certificate. Registration at the Riverfront Community Center is only $20."
— Leavenworth Times staff