East Providence Prevention Coalition hosts Family Fun Day at Crescent Park Carousel


EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Prevention Coalition will hold a "Family Fun Day" event on Saturday, May 18, weather permitting, on the grounds of the Crescent Park Carousel, located at 700 Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside.

The event is age appropriate for toddlers to twelve year olds however all family members are welcomed to attend. The main attraction will be a competitive obstacle course run by 212 Health and Performance. All participants aged 5-12 are welcome to participate and compete against others in their age group for the fastest time.

Top winners will be awarded prizes which will be sent through the mail. Some prizes include but are not limited to: free admission to near-by attractions such as mini-golf, the zoo, go-carts and laser tag; toys; and gift certificates to local restaurants.

Other children’s activities include: a ride on the carousel, face painting, washable tattoos, coloring, potato sack races, dress up races and lollipop pull. An acoustic guitarist, Becky Chace (of the Becky Chace Band), will entertain youngsters from 11-1pm with songs that they love. Famous children’s characters will be available throughout the event for photo opportunities. Several East Providence police cars will be available for youth to take pictures with. Blount Clam Shack will be open and food available to purchase.

Registration for Family Fun Day begins at 11am with the last registration taken at 2pm and the event concluding at 3 p.m. The first 450 participants will receive a prize bag for participating. Admission is $5 per participant which includes a free carousel ride, access to all children’s activities and an obstacle course for all 5-12 year olds.

Raffle tickets will be sold and prizes include but are not limited to: autographed pictures from Boston Red Sox and Patriots players, giant stuffed animals and other toys, Trinity Reparatory tickets to a 2013-2014 play, RISD Museum Family Day Passes and tickets and gift certificates to other local area attractions and restaurants.

This event is sponsored by Navigant Bank with support from the Crescent Park Carousel Commission, 212 Health and Performance and the East Providence Police Department. All proceeds will benefit the EPPC. The East Providence Prevention Coalition is a citizens group dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles. The Coalition develops proactive strategies through collaboration with community partners in both the public and private sectors.

For more information or for questions about cancelling due to inclement weather, contact the EPPC at 401-435-1923.


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