As August slipped away from us, Key Peninsula Parks prepared to stage another of its regular summer movies “Under the Stars.” To add to the merriment, as dusk approached on the final weekend, the parks workers staged a scavenger hunt to while away the time until it was dark enough to successfully project the evening’s Silver Screen entertainment.
Each participant was provided instructions and hints on what to look for where as kids fanned out all over Key Peninsula’s Volunteer Park. The younger ones were accompanied by parents or other overseers as the light faded.
Minter Creek Elementary School second-grader Ivy Lee Stevens and her dad, Tim, said they saw a poster about movies Under the Stars.
“We went and had a super fun time,” Tim Stevens said. “We started coming two hours ahead of time to see and play the games that the park’s people put on. It’s so much fun, I wish it was all year long.”
Minter Creek Elementary kindergartner Lilly Jones said it was fun.
“I liked that we got to draw our favorite animal,” she said.
Just one of the fun activities for wee ones.
Dustyn Gonzalez, a fourth-grade student at Evergreen Elementary, said the event allowed him to do something different
Key Peninsula Middle School sixth-grade volunteer Destiny Verble “got a good walk, and it was fun.”
“I got into the program of Key Pen Parks because my mom found out about it and thought it would be good for me,” said Dylan Van der Bank, an eighth-grader at KPMS who volunteers with the park’s programs.
“I started in about May 2013, and I love working for Jess (Smeall, KeyPen Parks program director) and camps and parks. I would recommend this to other kids who like to work while having fun.”
At that, with the light fading and 100 or more kids, moms and dads arriving, carrying blankets, folding lawn chairs and thermoses of hot beverages, all the scavengers drifted toward Volunteer Park’s outdoor theater for the Friday night movie “Under the Stars.”
“I love it, and I come as many times as I can,” said Eddy Frederick, a sixth-grader at KPMS.
Now, like the rest of us, Frederick will have to wait for summer’s return to go as many times as we can.Hugh McMillan is a longtime freelance writer for The Peninsula Gateway. He can be reached at 253-884-3319 or by email at hmcmnp1000@ centurytel.net.