CrockerKids series kicks off

CrockerKids series kicks off

WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) - We're inching closer to the summer and parents will be looking for ways to keep their kids busy.  Crocker Park is helping. CrockerKids Summer Series kicked off Tuesday. More than 500 kids are registered for the free event so far.

Elise Haupt has four kids under the age of six, so finding new ways to keep the kids busy during the summer is must.

"You can only do the pool so much," Haupt says.

That's why Elise plans to pack up the troops and head to Crocker Park this summer for CrockerKids. The series consists of five-themed events for the summer. They fall on the second Tuesday of the month from May through September, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Children will enjoy a garden party for the CrockerKids kick-off.

"We're going to be planting little pots with seeds, there will also be a face painter, a balloon twister, giveaways and surprises, and live music," says Brad Mitchell of Northeast Ohio Parent, who partners with Stark Enterprises to host the free event.

"When you're trying to appease a wide range of ages too, they're all enjoying it. It's not just your oldest or your youngest," adds Haupt.

The Cleveland Clinic is the sponsor.  Pediatric Nurse Practitioner AlyssonTalbert-May says keeping kids active during the summer months is important.

"They tend to fall into bad routines over the summer. While they're in school, they're very engaged and in good routines and the days are predictable. In the summer time, they lose that opportunity."

Talbert-May says it's also important to keep kids engaged in learning activities.  She says Crocker Kids is a great example of education mixed with fun.

"When children learn to do something like gardening, they're learning the benefit of planting seeds and possibly planning their own garden at home. We can tie the healthy eating piece in with it. They should be looking for fresh foods, not processed packaged foods."

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