Family Fun Friday inside the family garden

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Having the Family Fun Fridays event at the Family Garden in Fellows Riverside Garden allowed for the children to play with the equipment at the garden, such as a sandbox and playset. They also have their nature displays, such as the bee exhibit and plants in the garden. Pictured, Sawyer, Sophia, Vincent and Andrew played in the sandbox.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Mill Creek MetroPark's Family Fun Friday includes a different theme each week. On June 15, they used the theme of weather. They provided activities where the children made clouds and spun a jar to make a tornado shape in the water.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Family Fun Fridays event at Fellows Riverside Garden runs every Friday between June 8 to August 24. The drop-in event provides family fun in the gardens for the summer.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Fellows Riverside Gardens hosted their weekly Family Fun Friday event on June 15 in the Family Garden. The program gives families a way to have fun together during the summer. Pictured, Evan Emmanuel made a cloud demonstration with the help of Linda Biggs.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Family Fun Fridays event has different organizations in the Family Garden, such as Fantasy Face Painters at the event on June 24. Pictured, Nick Hird got his face painted at the event.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Families gathered at Fellows Riverside Gardens on June 15 for the Family Fun Fridays event hosted at the gardens.

The program took place at the gardens’ Family Garden. The program had a weather theme to it, so the children participated in weather-related activities in addition to playing with the set already located at the park.

“It’s to get families out, enjoy the weather and get to the park,” said Nick Parish, a naturalist with the park. He, along with two other Mill Creek employees, ran the program.

The special activities for the program included a tornado in a jar and a cloud making station. The park placed out jars with a ball in them, so that children could shake them in circles to create a tornado effect. The children used shaving cream, water and food dye to make their cloud in a jar.

The Family Garden also has play areas for the children. They dug in a sandbox for gems buried in the sand, played in a small pool, rippled a children’s parachute and a small play set. The families could also enjoy the plants in the area and look at the bees stored in the garden.

The event happens weekly throughout the summer with a different theme each week. They also have organizations join them many weeks, such as Fantasy Face Painters at this event.

The program began on June 8 and will continue until Aug. 24. Each event runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and families can just drop in to visit.

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