Annual citywide family fun day set for April 8

Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced that the 10th Annual Family Day at Sylvester Turner Park April 8 will be the biggest event ever, with more activities for everyone.

“Family Day is a special time for fun and fellowship,” said Turner, “with plenty to enjoy for everyone of every age.  I hope to see young and old out at the park April 8.”

Family Day will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Sylvester Turner Park, 2800 West Little York.  All activities, entertainment and food are free.

Paul and the Zydeco Nubreeds will return with their special brand of music.  Also performing will be Aldine Carver High School drama and dance students, the Eisenhower High School Jazz Band, the M.C. Williams Middle School Orchestra, Tiger Rock Martial Arts, a lion dance by the Teo Chew Temple, the Luna Llena mariachi band and more.

The Urban Youth Academy, sponsored by the Houston Astros and Major League Baseball, will hold both boys and girls games in the Astros Junior RBI league, beginning at 9 a.m. and running all day long.

In addition, a pitch, hit and run competition will take place from 10 a.m. until 12 noon on Field 1 on the north end of the park.  This competition is open to all kids between the ages of 7 to 14.

New this year is an exhibition game between Eisenhower and Booker T. Washington High Schools.  That game will begin at 1 p.m. on Field 2, also on the north end of the park.

Major League Baseball will bring back their baseball skill games.  Inflatable games, a rockwall and a train will also be on hand for the kids, along with facepainters.  Another new addition this year is the Houston Zoo’s Zoomobile with their “animal ambassadors.”

For those young at heart, the senior tent will provide a gathering spot for bingo and other games.

And come hungry.  The mayor will serve up turkey legs, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and more.