KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOTV) The third Maranda Park Party drew more than 5,300 kids and families to Upjohn Park in Kalamazoo on July 7. Guests were delighted to arrive to the sight of dozens of attractions and the mouthwatering smell of a summer barbecue! The Michigan Department of Education and Kalamazoo Public Schools provided free lunch to every child under the age of 18 who attended, which included fresh grilled hot dogs and healthy sides.
Kids and families were able to enjoy a picnic in the park before heading off to scale the Ferris State University climbing wall, run through an inflatable obstacle course, or take a ride down the giant zip line. The Kalamazoo Maranda Park Party also featured more than a dozen local organizations and vendors representing the best that Kalamazoo has to offer with free services, information, and free activities. Meijer handed out hundreds of fruit snacks, Samaritas brought fun yard games and coloring pages, and kids enjoyed fun activities from Air Zoo.
“We were overwhelmed by the support from the Kalamazoo community at today’s Park Party. I am so glad we were able to come back to this community to enjoy an afternoon of free family fun,” Maranda said.
The Craig’s Cruisers Performance Stage rocked all afternoon. Local acts from around West Michigan had their moment in the spotlight including local Little Big Shots winners, Aerial Tactic break dancers, and even a member of the Kalamazoo Police Department showed off his dance moves!
Kids were thrilled to interact with Maranda live on stage where she gave away great prizes including passes to the Air Zoo, Cedar Point, John Ball Zoo, and Michigan’s Adventure.
The Park Party team is heading to three more locations this summer:
- July 14 – Kollen Park, Holland
- July 21 – East Kentwood High School, Kentwood
- July 28 – Northwestern Middle School, Battle Creek