Ah, the sounds of summer. The low din of a lawnmower, the zip of a tent flap, the sizzle of steaks on a grill and the No. 1 summertime mom-ism: "Go play outside! It's a beautiful day!" followed by the corresponding kid lament: "But mom, there's nothing to do!" Not so fast, junior. Eureka Parks and Recreation's got this covered with loads of Get Out and Play Day events happening Saturday, July 29 at various spots throughout the city. And best of all, they're all free.
Kids 12 and under get in free to the Sequoia Park Zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to explore all the cool animal exhibits and enclosures. Just drag along a paying adult with you. Next door at Sequoia Park, kids and adults alike can brush up on their Shakespeare with a live performance of Love's Labour's Lost–Abridged — a short and sweet version of Shakespeare's classic comedy about love and manners at 1 p.m. Stick around (or head downtown and come back) for the Community Barbecue, Concert and Movie in the park starting at 4:30 p.m.
Across town at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and Halvorsen Park, get out on the bay with water rentals or take part in archery and disc golf demos all happening between noon and 2 p.m. There's fitness and dancing on the boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m. with merengue dance lessons, Zumba, belly dancing and body combat demos. Each session is 20 minutes long and takes place at the foot of F Street. Climb aboard for Speeder Rides in Old Town starting at the Adorni Center, or stow away on the Madaket for a 75-minute tour around Humboldt Bay (kids 12 and under free with a paying adult) down at Madaket Square. You can also take a historic tour of Old Town or an interpretive hike on the Hikshari' Trail. Or check out the Kicks and Tricks Skateboard Competition from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eureka Skate Park.
See? There's a whole day of a whole lot to do. Now get out and play!
— Kali Cozyris