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Kids Day in the Park – An Exchange Club Family Event

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
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Mark your calendar for Kids Day in the Park 2023, scheduled for Wednesday, August 2nd from 10 am – 2 pm in Atkinson Common Park. Kids Day is a popular family event hosted each year during Yankee Homecoming week by the Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport. This free event is one of the highlights of Yankee Homecoming week for many kids, featuring all the best stuff from childhood. Kids Day in the Park in an opportunity to create lifelong memories with your children. For many families this event has become an annual tradition, along with Olde Fashioned Sunday and Family Day.

Kids Day in the Park starts with a parade for decorated bikes and doll carriages, with prizes for the best ones! After that, kids can get their faces painted by volunteers, experience Theater in the Open – featuring the famous giraffe! – relax with a story organized by the Newburyport Public Library, and watch a police department K9 demonstration. Kids Day in the Park also lets youngsters see what it feels like behind the wheel in official vehicles from the city public safety departments such as: fire, police and department of public works. There’s also food: an assortment of burgers and dogs and drinks starting at noon. Best of all, it’s all free!

Kids Day in the Park is hosted by the Newburyport Exchange Club,  a service organization that has existed since 1976 and focuses on four service areas: youth services, preventing child abuse, honoring America and community service. Kids Day in the Park has been organized as part of the Yankee Homecoming events since 2005, and Exchange Club members enjoy working with other community organizations to make this special day lots of fun and free for families.