GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - Maranda kicked off the 3rd Park Party of the summer, Thursday July 11th, at Smith Ryerson Park in Muskegon. The gorgeous blue skies, cool lakeshore breeze and warm summer weather brought close to 4,000 kids and families from the Muskegon area out for a picture perfect day of free fun with Maranda!
"This was an incredibly heart-warming party because the community was truly appreciative of the free event coming to their neighborhood," said Maranda. "Over and over people came up and thanked us for coming back to Muskegon and not forgetting about their children."
The Muskegon Park Party offered kids and families an afternoon to run, play and explore. Smith Ryerson Park was filled with families who came early to enjoy a free picnic-style lunch courtesy of the Michigan Department of Education and the area Public Schools. The free lunch program was so generous that many children, under the age of 18, even had the opportunity to take an additional meal home with them to enjoy for dinner.
The stage rocked all afternoon with great entertainment. Families let loose interacting with the popular "Jump with Jill" show and Tommy & Brook from Star 105.7! The Park Party had tons of activities provided by local non-profit groups along with big attractions like the Super Slide, an inflatable obstacle course and the Dixie Twister.
Maranda's Park Party Schedule 2013
*all parties are held from 12pm-2pm and are FREE
Thursday, July 18 – Kollen Park in Holland
Thursday, July 25 – Northwestern Middle School in Battle Creek
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