By Lindsay Starr Platt
Couples on date nights and families trapesed onto the grounds of Harris on Saturday night for an outdoor movie and recreation. Belton Parks and Recreation and Grand Avenue Theater hosted the event. The movie “Inside Out” was shown on a large inflatable projector screen.
Before the movie was played, attendees had the chance to participate in games and win prizes. Belton Parks and Recreation brought out burlap bags and had “Potato Sack Races” for a chance to see the fastest “hopper” in each age group. Children also had the chance to race an “egg” on a spoon without dropping it and make it to the finish line. The game that was most enjoyed was the water balloon toss, even those that lot by getting wet felt like winners as it cooled them down in the heat.
“We were thrilled with the turnout for our Movie In the Park! We played a variety of games prior to the movie which all seemed to be well received by those who participated,” said Matt Bates, Director of Recreation and Events, Belton Parks and Recreation.
Blankets and chairs dotted the grounds of the park. Attendees packed dinners and snacks to enjoy during the event. A food truck was also on-site Saturday evening ready for movie-goers to enjoy shave ice and savory treats.
“This is great, especially for the kids,” said Ruby Ehlers, Temple resident. We are here for a girl’s night out. The husbands are with the kids, giving us a break and a chance to see the movie together.”
Saturday night was Belton Parks and Recreation’s last movie in the park the hosted for the summer. The temperature dropped just enough when the sun went down to make the outdoor event a perfect night out.
“This is my first time for this. I think it is awesome. A lot of people have come together friends, family, and kids,” said ChrisAnn Heine, Temple resident. “This is a beautiful park, my kids just love it.”
Some kids had fallen asleep before the movie finished, but that didn’t stop their parents from enjoying the event. Many families even brought their pets out for the movie that was pet-friendly, which is not likely in a theater atmosphere.
“We really enjoy each Movie in the Park we put on at Harris Community Park because you get to see so many folks enjoying our parks whether it be our splash pad, our beautiful Hike & Bike Trail, the playground and the movie of course! As always we could not do this without our great friends at Grand Avenue Theatre who do such a great job each and every time!” said Bates.