Grain Valley Parks and Recreation recently hosted the first round of its popular Popsicles in The Park program. The activity allows families to spend quality time together during the summer season while members of Parks and Recreation read stories and hand out free popsicles. The most recent round of Popsicles in The Park took place at the Armstrong Park Gazebo located off of Main Street in Grain Valley on June 14th.
The children and their respective guardians were presented with three special stories, each containing an important takeaway.
The first book read was titled “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T. Higgins. This tale commends readers to put themselves in their peers' shoes, and to respect and come to appreciate each other's differences.
The second title was “The Butterfly That Could” by Ross Burach. This story preaches perseverance and inspires kids to keep on trying, even when their efforts seem useless.
The third and final title was “The Duckling Gets a Cookie” by Mo Willems. The book teaches the importance of sharing and the value of manners.
The children listened intently to each story, taking in the exuberant performance done by the Grain Valley Parks and Recreation reader, which was Mrs. T, a local first grade teacher.
Although the stories conveyed valuable life lessons, the popsicles were the main attraction of the event. With temperatures upwards of 90 degrees, and rising humidity levels, the summer treats were that much more rewarding.
Grain Valley’s Recreation Supervisor Justin Crutchfield was in attendance to hand out the popsicles, interact with families, and to collect any resulting trash.
The event ended with dozens of smiling faces and high spirits. The kids were encouraged to play on the nearby playground and meet new friends.
Popsicles in The Park is one of the many programs planned by Grain Valley Parks and Recreation to spread joy and create opportunities for summer fun. The next session of Popsicles in The Park will be held at the Armstrong Park Gazebo on Tuesday, July 12th, at 6:30pm.