Published July 17, 2014
By Sydney Walter, Journal reporter
Excitement and laughs abounded as families gathered downtown for the Belton Parks and Recreation Department Family Fun Day on Saturday.
Drawing in small businesses from across town, the event gave crowds the chance to enjoy a day of fun and raised awareness about summer-long community programs.
From a petting zoo to mechanical dinosaur rides, kids took advantage of the summer day with a myriad of activities. Businesses chose to participate by setting up a booth, game, or attraction. Favorites included the Tap Tap Art School bus offering crafts, snow cones and face painting.
The Belton Parks and Recreation Department used to day to advertise their upcoming programs, such as Bricks 4 Kidz where children can play with legos, zumba and yoga, and family movie nights in the park.
“We have so much going on this summer for people of all ages in Belton,” said a BPRD representative. “This event is just the start of a series of fun things to come.”
Business owners too saw the benefit of participating in the festivities. Businesses of every trade, including book stores, gift stores, and food vendors, took to the street for a unique marketing prospect.
“It’s a great opportunity to get the community together and involved for local kids,” said Amy Harris of Usborne Books. “As the owner of a small Belton business, I am thankful to get the word out concerning some of our summer opportunities that parents might not know about.”
This season presents a great time for parents to get their children occupied in educational and fun skill learning activities. “We provide a Summer Reading Club during July to make sure kids are getting into reading while outside of the classroom,” continued Harris.
For more information on summer activities in Belton and the surrounding area, visit: www.beltontexas.gov.