The Hippo


Oct 22, 2019








Kids enjoy outdoor games and activities at Lil’ Iguana’s Family Fun Day. Courtesy photo.

Lil’ Iguana’s Family Fun Day

Where: Nashua High School South, 36 Riverside St., Nashua 
When: Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $1 per person 

Lil’ fun for everyone
Kids activities and more at Family Fun Day

By Angie Sykeny

 You can tackle an obstacle course, color a masterpiece or even meet your favorite superhero at Lil’ Iguana’s Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 14, at Nashua High School South. 

For a $1 admission fee, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, contests and prizes, an inflatable play area, costumed characters and more, including all kinds of activities hosted by 80 exhibitors.  
“The executive director wanted an event where he could bring his family but found that there aren’t a lot of events he could go to on a budget,” said Erica Tomaszewski, director of development.
“He created this as a way for families to enjoy a day without having to worry about cost and things being too expensive.” The first 1,000 attendees through the door will receive giveaway bags, but be sure to arrive early if you want a chance at getting one — Tomaszewski said it’s not uncommon for the bags to be gone within an hour.
Live entertainment will be provided by Big Joe the Storyteller at 11:30 a.m., Music for Kids with Sharon Novak at 2:30 p.m., and local performing arts groups throughout the event.  
Costumed characters, including superheroes, princesses and area team mascots, will be available for meet-and-greets at a designated station and wandering around mingling with guests. At 12:30 p.m., they’ll parade through the whole event, ending at the main stage with a dance-off, and the audience will decide the winner.
Though the primary mission of the event is to give families a day of fun, there will be a few themes reflected in some of the activities, such as health and fitness, literacy and safety.
Kids can get active by jumping around in the 12 bounce houses, joining a hula-hooping session, playing GAGA ball or testing their skills at the obstacle course. Local dance and martial arts groups will be at the event giving demonstrations. In the foyer, exhibitors will give out healthy snacks and samples of nutritious foods and beverages.
Everyone who participates in the traditional coloring contest will receive a new or gently used book. The books have been donated by various organizations throughout the year and include books for babies up through chapter books for older kids and some books for moms and families. Participants will also be entered in a drawing for a new bicycle and helmet.
The coloring contest sheets can be found at local elementary schools, childcare facilities, banks and other businesses, and a printable form is available on the Lil’ Iguana’s website. Simply bring your completed entry to the event and turn it in.
A scavenger hunt will help kids learn about safety, and if they complete it, they can get tickets to a Nashua Silver Knights baseball game. There will also be tours of emergency vehicles outside if weather permits.
Exhibitors will be offering crafts and activities for kids. You can get creative with finger painting, macaroni necklaces and bead art bracelets, take a shot at the bean bag toss or a plinko-style game, try out different musical instruments, have your face painted or a temporary tattoo put on, bring your teddy to the teddy bear clinic, and get a balloon animal.
“It’s a great day for families, because it’s affordable, and they can spend the whole day there with all these great activities,” Tomaszewski said. “Everything you could possibly want at an event, you can get at one place.” 

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