The American Academy of Pediatrics says lots of unstructured outdoor play is critical to the health of children, though many children have experienced a marked decline in the time they spend in free play. With that in mind, Mayor Reggie Spinello, in his commitment to enhance youth programs in Glen Cove, is introducing a brand new event for the city’s children and their families. In partnership with Northwell Health at Glen Cove Hospital, Glen Cove children ages pre-K to 12 years of age are invited to a free play day on Saturday, June 4, from noon to 5 p.m. (rain date is June 5) at Pryibil Beach. The centerpiece of Glen Cove’s Kids Play Day will be will be a performance of Jungle Bob’s Reptile Show and the reveal of a rendering of a new Pryibil Beach playground will be generously donated to the city by Northwell Health.
“As a city on the Long Island Sound, we have wanted to enhance our recreational facilities at Pryibil Beach for quite some time. With the upcoming addition of a playground and our new Kids Play Day event, we are excited at the prospect of offering Glen Cove families new ways to keep their kids active,” said Spinello.
Glen Cove Kids Play Day will feature many fun and engaging activities. There will be music, a Big Trucks and Cool Vehicles experience, a photo booth, a bouncing castle, Zumba dancing, soccer demonstrations, arts & crafts, beach activities and animal fun. The Glen Cove Police Department will be hosting bike safety clinics so active families are encouraged to bikes to the beach. There will also be free giveaways, temporary tattoos, face painting and refreshments.
The event is coordinated through the efforts of the mayor’s office, the parks and recreation department, the department of public works, Glen Cove Police, EMS and volunteer fire departments with the Glen Cove Youth Bureau and Glen Cove PBA. This community event is made possible due to the support of sponsors including the Glen Cove YMCA, Burger King, Garvies Point, Starbucks, American Paving, I Love Kick Boxing, North Coast Subaru, Rob’s Brands, Glen Cove Bagel Cafe and local organizations/businesses like the Glen Cove Public Library, Glen Cove Girls & Boys Club, Harbor Child Care, Piper the Rescue Dog and the office of Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton.
This event is for Glen Cove residents only and parking is available on a first come, first served basis at Pryibil Beach. Additional parking will be available on Eastland Drive on Morgan Island and families can use the pedestrian gate to enter the beach area. For additional information and sponsorship opportunities, call 516-671-2004.