Mayor Chris Beutler invites Lincoln families to celebrate national "Kids to Parks Day" by participating in the season's first free Party on the Plaza from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21st at Union Plaza. The National Park Trust encourages communities to plan special events for "Kids to Parks Day" in local, state and national parks.
Activities will include rubber duck races, bike decorating, a bike rodeo, a gaga pit, bubbles, parachute games, face painting and balloon twisting. The String Beans will perform from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the evening will end with a youth bike parade across the park. Refreshments will be provided by food trucks at Union Plaza.
New this year is the Bike from the Branches Challenge. Lincoln City Libraries invites families to ride their bikes to Union Plaza from one of four sites:
Registration cards are available at each branch library. The first 50 riders to take their registration cards to the library booth at Union Plaza and sign up for the Summer Reading Program will receive a one-day pass to Prairie Life Fitness. All others will receive a coupon for a treat from Dairy Queen
The Party in the Parks series began in 2013 to provide free community arts events in Union Plaza. In 2014, the Union Plaza event was renamed Party on the Plaza, and the Party in the Parks initiative expanded to include other free performing and visual arts events in Lincoln's parks throughout the summer. A calendar of 2016 Party in the Parks events is available at "parks.lincoln.ne.gov/party.