Editor’s note: This is part one of a multiple-story series highlighting Fairborn parks events scheduled to take place through the spring months.
FAIRBORN — Spring fever is hitting the City of Fairborn as the parks and recreation department is gearing up to host a number of family-friendly events throughout the season.
Spring programs are slated to begin in March and run through June, when summer parks programs will begin.
Kids in the Kitchen
The cooking class is geared toward children and will highlight not only knife skills, meal planning, nutrition and sanitation — but also friendship and life skills. Each week, participating children will create a different meal including breakfast, appetizer, snack, lunch dinner or dessert items. Space is limited and participants are encouraged to sign up early. Kids in the Kitchen will run 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 5 through April 2 at the Fairborn Senior Center, 325 N. Third St. Costs $30 for Fairborn citizens, or $35 for non citizens and is open to those aged 8-13.
Unplugged Play Day
National Unplugged Day is slated to take place on Friday, March 6 and highlights disconnecting from electronic devices in order to connect with others. The City of Fairborn will highlight National Unplugged Day on Saturday, March 7 with a play day event. The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will present “Animals Alive” from 3-4 p.m. and a kids bluegrass contest will run from 5-6 p.m. Free tarot and runes readings will also be offered, along with games, arts, crafts, straw rocket building a scavenger hunt and more. The event will take place 3-6 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at Rona Banquet Hall. No registration is required.
The kids bluegrass contest, which will take place during the Unplugged Play Day event, invites children age 6-16 to compete as a solo act using a bluegrass instrument, including the mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright bass, dobro, fiddle and more. They can also sing a bluegrass song. They will perform one song and will be judged by Mark Whitt. The winner will perform on-stage with Whitt during the city’s annual Bluegrass and Brews event, slated to take place on Aug. 7. Participating children must provide their own instruments. Preregistration is required to compete and can be completed at fairbornoh.gov.
WTUE’s St. Patrocks Day
Classic rock station 104.7 WTUE is bringing its annual St. Patrick’s Day party back to Fairborn for the second year in a row. The event will start at 10 a.m. and run to 10 p.m. St. Patrocks Day will feature live performances and cold beverages. WTUE will be broadcasting live from the event and will feature radio personality B-Man and the TUE Brew Crew. No registration is required; costs for a wristband, good for the entire day, is $10. It will take place at the corner of Main and Broad Street, where the former Family Video facility was located.
Guided walks that are self-paced and geared toward getting the heart pumping will take place one Thursday per month through a different Fairborn park. Wellness Walkers is a free program to participate in and is being offered in partnership between the City of Fairborn and Greene County Parks and Trails. To register to participate, visit gcparkstrails.com. The Fairborn walks will take place 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19 at Community Park, Thursday, April 16 at Oaks Quarry Park and Thursday, May 7 at Cold Spring Reserve.
Fairborn T-Birds T-Ball
This introduction to baseball series is geared toward children aged 3-4 years old in which they will learn throwing, catching, fielding, batting and base running skills. They will later apply their learned skills in a non-competitive game. Jump Start Sports will provide the instruction and oversee the game while parent volunteer coaches will provide assistance. For more information or to register a child, visit jumpstartsports.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.