WARSAW — July’s First Friday event will be different than Warsaw residents have seen in the past. July’s event will be a large block party in honor of the Warsaw and Winona Lake Stellar nomination. The event will be moved from its usual location in downtown Warsaw to the various parks along East Market Street. The event will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 1.
There will be a passport giveaway throughout the evening. Participants will travel to the different parks to get their passports stamped. When the passport is full, participants will be entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini and other prizes.
The event will kick off at 2 p.m. with activities in Krebs Trailhead Park. Library Story Time will be held at 2 and 3 p.m. and lego free build will be at the park from 2-4 p.m.
The activities will then move to Ker Park at 4 p.m. with a Cookies and Canvas event, face painting, sidewalk chalk and science experiments.
The main attractions of the event will be held at Richardson Dubois Park starting at 5 p.m. There will be information about the Stellar Project displayed on a big screen slideshow. A temporary beach will be created with water activities including a dunk tank, baby pools and a mock spray pad. The Center for Lakes & Streams and STEM will present water education at the wetlands.
A big portion of the activities will promote STEM education and the possible makerspace Warsaw and Winona Lake may be getting as a Stellar Project. There will be seven 3D printers, robotics exhibits from local elementary schools, displays for the high school robotics teams and toothpick bridge building demonstrations.
Additional activities include live music, creating a street mural, Colts on the Move bus, family carnival games and three putt putt holes. A full list of events is available online.