Bridgeport Set to Host 6th Annual Family Day Event at City Park with Additional Activities for Kids, Families

By Jeff Toquinto on May 14, 2018 via

When the city held the first-ever Bridgeport Family Day event several years ago, organizers said it would only become an annual event if it was successful. Six years and nearly 10,000 participants later, it’s easy to see why it’s become something that’s looked forward to by the local community and beyond.
And according to Bridgeport Community Development Director Andrea Kerr, plans are shaping up for the 6th Annual Family Day. For those who like to plan go ahead and mark your calendars.
The event will take place June 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bridgeport City Park. There will once again be a rain date with this year’s secondary date set for June 12.
As always the event is open to the public. Even better, everything at the event – from entertainment, to activities to food – is free.
“We certainly want families, and particularly the children, to have a good time,” said Kerr. “There’s a bigger reason for this and that’s to have the city’s public safety staff there including the Bridgeport Public Works, the Fire Department, the Police Department, Emergency Services and our VIPS (Volunteers in Police Services).
“We want to get the faces of those people who are on the front line of public safety interacting with kids and their families,” she continued. “We think that is a very important part of the event, but there’s a whole lot that will be going on this year as we think this year looks to be bigger and better than the others.”
As for entertainment, the City Park will host Crimson Reign. Individuals are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of music.
That, however, is just the tip of the entertainment and festivity iceberg. The popular “touch-a-truck” event will be back with multiple unique pieces of emergency and other apparatus on hand. There will be games and activities such as a bounce house and the FBI will have a presence and offer free fingerprinting services. A balloon artist – Mr. Twister – will be on hand as well along with a photo booth.
“We’ve added a climbing wall this year,” said Kerr. “I think that’s going to be a whole lot of fun.”
For those who like to get a bit wet, there will be the big water slide coming from the shelters to the parking lot. Kerr is advising parents to make sure that if the weather is nice to bring a bathing suit and towels.
Another upgrade this year is going to the car show. Kerr said it’s not only going to be much bigger than before, but they’ve added something unique for kids.
“There will be prizes for kids that visit the cars. They’ll be handing out Matchbox style cars similar to those in the show,” said Kerr.
There will also be food on hand. Kerr said various items will be available including the highly popular snow cones made every year by the Bridgeport Police Department.
“We are expecting another large crowd. We have our VIPS using hand counters as they come through City Park to try and get a fairly accurate attendance number,” said Kerr. “Last year, we easily surpassed 2,000 people attending so this is one you may want to show up early for.”

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