Come enjoy ‘Sunday in the Park with Friends’ April 29

What could be much better than spending a lazy spring Sunday afternoon in Richmond’s Forest Hill Park? Richmonders have done it for decades, but for the past seven years, “Sunday in the Park with Friends” has taken on a special new meaning.

This fun family event, sponsored by the Friends of Forest Hill Park, will be held on Sunday, April 29, from noon until 5 p.m. Last year, the event was “stormed-out” by Hurricane Irene, but is back this year bigger and better than ever.

In the spirit of Forest Hill Park’s former days as an early 20th century amusement park, there will be plenty of old-fashioned fun and games for kids, as well live music, and artisan vendors. On April 29, the park will explode with balloons, bubbles, bands, and bikes.  All activities  are free.

“Green Alley” will feature displays and activities with an environmental or conservation theme by local non-profit groups. You’ll also enjoy browsing the booths of local crafts people. Richmond Police, Fire, and Sheriff’s departments will also be on hand.

The kids will enjoy an inflated Moon Bounce, clowns, face painting, carnival games like ring toss and bean bag toss, water balloons, make-and-take crafts, Jonathan the Juggler, puppets and other story telling and other activities.

Bands include I.C.B., Beer Ticks and Johnny Change. RVA Hoop Lovers will be present with lots of hoola hoops. Guests can enjoy tours of the historic Stone House, along with displays about the park’s history.  Bring a pole for catch and release fishing on the lake.
For the second time, Richmond Police Officer Stacy Rogers is holding a bike rodeo for kids to teach bicycling safety and street skills. Bike repairs and freebies also offered.

We invite families to bring a picnic and enjoy the park. Treats and ice-cold bottled water will be provided FREE. Food vendors will also be on hand for you to purchase other edible goodies. The city requests that four-legged family members at the picnic remain on a leash at all times!

For more information or to volunteer to help with activities during the event, contact Lee Shewmake at 230-7684 or

See you in the park on Sunday, April 29!

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