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August 6, 2013 > Summer Park and Playground Carnival

Summer Park and Playground Carnival

By Nisha Patel

Exciting carnivals with traditional games, cotton candy, and popcorn are among the best summer activities. The City of Union City and the Leisure Services Department invite everyone to join in the fun at their annual "Summer Park and Playground Carnival" on Friday, August 9 at Old Alvarado/Cesar Chavez Park. City youth and summer teen programs are tailoring the event to a "Happily Ever After" theme with Disney costumes, themed booths and more.

This carnival is not only fun, but affordable; all booths cost only a quarter! Food booths will include cotton candy and snow cones while ring toss, pop-the-balloon, and knock over the can with a bean bag are just a few of the activity booths. Each of the approximately 30 booths are created, designed, and run by summer program youth.

According to Leisure Services' Senior Recreation Supervisor Corina Hahn, for more than 20 years, this event has been a way to celebrate the end of summer and spend time with staff and peers with whom they have created relationships. Since many Union City youth programs end mid-August, this annual event is a traditional wrap to the summer season.

Summer day camp programs will be attending and participating in the carnival event, including Camp Polywog (ages 3-5), Camp Hedgehog (ages 5-7), Kids Sports Camp (ages 5-8), Discover Day Camp (ages 7-11), Marsh Hawk Day Camp (ages 8-11), Sports Camp (ages 8-11), Rec-n-Crew Teen Camp (ages 12-16), and Tennis Camp. In addition, Special Interest Camps such as Lotus (which has a female empowerment focus), Mad Science, Awesome Engineering, Sky Hawk Sports, and Film Animation Camp participate.

The carnival is designed for youth ages of 5-12 and fun for families. Teens join the fun to help set up and run the booths for community service, making the event a collaborative effort for people of all ages. Don't miss this chance for summer carnival fun!

Summer Park and Playground Carnival
Friday, Aug 9
12 Noon - 3 p.m.
Old Alvarado/Cesar Chavez Park
3871 Smith St., Union City
(510) 675-5488
www.unioncity.org

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