Children and adults alike can find plenty to do while enjoying Hudson’s parks, including the Geocaching Adventure, Playground Palooza, summer education programs, and the Story Walks at Veterans Way Park and Bicentennial Woods.
A favorite for the age 2 through 12 crowd is Playground Palooza, now in its sixth year. The event runs from June 1 through August 31, 2022. This year, the first 125 participants (ages 2 through 12) who visit seven Hudson park playgrounds, the splash pad at Veterans Way and the Hudson Springs butterfly garden will receive a free fidget spinner. The playgrounds included in the contest are located at Barlow Farm, Cascade, Colony, Hudson Springs, Middleton, Oak Grove and Veterans Way Parks.
No pre-registration is required. Simply download the event PASSPORT from the Friends website at www.friendsofhudsonparks.org. The PASSPORT includes a list of playground locations and instructions. Players will complete their PASSPORT by finding each playground’s symbol post and “rubbing” the playground symbol into the PASSPORT with a crayon or pencil. Playground Palooza is co-sponsored by Acme Fresh Market, Western Reserve Racing, and Hudson Parks.
Children’s Summer Education Program
The Friends’ Summer Education Program features outdoor nature classes that seem more like fun than learning. The curriculum is intended for children from ages 4 through 12, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Teacher and Friends board member Alyssa Dennis designs and leads the classes which last about 60 minutes. Upcoming classes include:
- Insects of the Stream Bed, Tuesday, July 12, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. (*NEW)
- Animal Tracks and Scats, Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.
- Owls, Friday, July 29, 8 p.m.
- Bats, Saturday, Aug 20, 8:30 pm
- Monarch Life Cycle, Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m.
Registration is required for these FREE classes and begins at least two weeks before the class date. Class size is limited to 20. Curriculum is geared to children ages 5 through 12 and children must be accompanied by an adult. Younger children may need help with some of the activities. Classes will last about 1 hour. For more information and to register, go to the Friends of Hudson Parks website.
The Story Walks located at Veterans Way Park and Bicentennial Woods have recently been updated. The two stories featured are: Bee, A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup and The Happy Tree and the Bee by C.E. King. The Story Walk program is jointly sponsored by Hudson Community Education & Recreation (HCER) and Friends of Hudson Parks (FOHP) in cooperation with the Hudson Parks Department.