After the long winter, any chance to celebrate Spring should be embraced with vigor and zest. The Fargo Park District understands this and is hosting two events to help people shake off the winter cobwebs and get active: the Garden Party on Saturday, April 29th and Kite Day on Saturday, May 6th.

Garden Party

The Garden Party will take place at Rheault Farm and provide people of all ages with a chance to get down and dirty like nature intended. Few things signify the changing seasons like gardening. “For many years now, this free event has been a sign that spring has arrived,” explained Katie McCormick, marketing specialist for the Fargo Park District.

New to this year’s Garden Party will be an introduction to “seed bombing,” a technique of introducing vegetation to land by throwing or dropping seed balls. According to McCormick, the Growing Together Community Gardens will be on hand to help kids make their own seed bombs. Families will also be able to take home their own seedlings from Probstfield Farm.

Other activities at the Garden Party include making bird feeders with the Audubon Society, learning about local foods with Ugly Food of the North, visiting with Don Carey the Bug Man and his creepy crawlies, and meeting plenty of live animals. There will also be a plant walk, face painting, crafts, and plant bingo.

Kite Day

The following weekend, join others at Lindenwood Park and celebrate the freedom and exhilaration of flying kites. Now in its 19th year, Kite Day has been a favorite spring activity for nearly two decades. “Kite Day is a wonderful family-friendly event where both kids and adults can take advantage of those North Dakotan winds and enjoy a fun pastime,” explained McCormick.

You don’t have to be a kite flying expert to participate in Kite Day — you don’t even need to fly at all! “It’s just a great time to get out of the house with the family and enjoy some time together,” McCormick said. “If you’re not a seasoned kite flyer, come to the event to watch all the kites swooping and soaring over Lindenwood Park.” In addition to the flying, prizes will be given away to participants throughout the day, and complimentary hot dogs and Pepsi products will be available while supplies last.

Both Park District events are a chance to get out of the house and embrace the changing seasons. “Garden Party and Kite Day are both fun, free events that encourage people to come out of hibernation and think Spring,” McCormick said. “The Garden Party especially provides great opportunities for young people to discover a love of the outdoors by providing educational crafts and activities focused on respecting nature.”

The Garden Party will take place Saturday, April 29th from 1:30 to 4:30 PM at Rheault Farm. Kite Day will take place on Saturday, May 6th from noon to 3 PM at Lindenwood Park. More information on both events can be found at fargoparks.com.

By Jamee Larson