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Weekend full of kids stuff

Jun. 06, 2013 @ 09:28 AM

It’s summer and time for everyone no matter what age to renew their license to be a kid again.

From fishing, boating and creekside camping to awesome rewinds of ’80s classic summer movies like “Ghostbusters,” this weekend’s packed with cool ways to just push play.

Here’s a look at a few good ways to get into some kid-like fun outside and in.

Ghostbustin’ at Heritage Station

The 1980s train of summer cinematic goodness is pulling into Heritage Station as The Cinema Under the Stars movie series lets loose the 1984 comedy classic “Ghostbusters” at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the gazebo at Heritage Station in Huntington.

Cost is $1, but getting to see Bill Murray and friends battle the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, priceless. The movie begins at dusk, usually about 8:30 p.m. Guests may bring their own blankets or chairs. Popcorn and concessions will be sold.

For those who don’t remember parachute pants and Rubik’s Cubes, “Ghostbusters,” was ranked by the American Film Institute as the 28th best comedy of all times. It follows three out-of-work eccentric parapsychologists (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis ) who start a ghost-catching business and end up battling a crazy array of ghosts..

Sponsors include Sip Wine Bar, Bottle & Wedge, River & Rail Bakery, Common Grounds, Brand Yourself, The Red Caboose, the Heritage Station Shopkeepers Association, Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Marshall University Campus Activities Board. A grant from CREATE Huntington helped fund the events as well.

For more information, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/cinemaunderthestarswv about the series which runs through September.

Welcome to the waters of Beech Fork

The Great Outdoors Marine, which operates the Beech Fork Marina, is inviting everyone out for a day of fun at the lake, located just south of Huntington.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Marina side (near Lavalette), check out such National Marina Day activities include as free pontoon rides and tours of Beech Fork, free fishing (as part of West Virginia’s free fishing weekend), a cookout, a small boat show with 2013 models and info from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which runs the dam side of Beech Fork (including Stowers Branch Swimming Area).

For more information visit www.nationalmarinaday.org.

Celebrate the children

From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9, head over to Ritter Park for the annual Celebrate Children’s Day, a free family fun event behind the fountain area.

Check out lots of fun, hands-on kids activities as well as some great info highlighting “12 Tips to Raising a Healthy Child.” This free event is hosted by United Way of the River Cities’ Success By 6 initiative. Success By 6 seeks to ensure that all children in the River Cities will be ready physically, mentally, developmentally, emotionally and socially to begin kindergarten.

Participating exhibitors include school systems, health departments, child care centers and various agencies and organizations that work with the very young. Prizes will be given away during the event.

First Friday Art Walk/story talk

The First Friday Art Walk in Ashland is always a fun call for the fam. It starts at 5 p.m. Friday, June 7, and will feature live music and a car show as well out on Winchester Avenue.

For folks with kids at the event, stop by and see The Story Lady at First Friday at 6 p.m. at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, 1620 Winchester Ave. Admission will be free that evening.

Another Boyd County Public Library family event that evening is their monthly Pictures in the Park program at dark just outside the Main Branch on Central Avenue.

At dark, around 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, “The Smurfs” will be shown on a large screen in the grassy area just outside the Main Branch. The movie is free, and snacks are provided.

For more information on library programs and services, visit www.thebookplace.org.

Pedaling for Avery Patterson

Smash that piggy bank kids, you can take some coin and your bike and help out a fellow kid who’s been stricken with a tough disease. On Saturday, June 8, there will be two events for Avery Patterson to help the Patterson family defray medical costs associated with the treatment Avery received for his second bout of Guillain–Barré syndrome at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

A pancake breakfast will run 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Our Lady Of Fatima at 545 Norway Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance and onsite at the event.

At 12:30 p.m., cyclists will meet up at the Ritter Park fountain for a one-hour ride that will begin behind the Ritter Park fountain. Riders are asked to bring the forms and any collected donations to Ritter Park on the day of the ride.

Breakfast tickets, sponsor sheets and raffle tickets (for a new Canondale 21-speed bike donated by Huntington Cycle and Sport), and sponsor sheets are available in advance at: Julian’s Market, 1049 12th St., Huntington, Marshall University, Smith Hall 160, Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, Special Projects Coordinator, 304-696-3296 and at the Cabell Huntington Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, 210 11th St., Huntington

Time for some FOW — Fishing Out Wayne

It’s Free Fishing Weekend in West Virginia and East Lynn Lake’s Lick Creek Pond at East Lynn, W.Va., is celebrating with its 13th annual kids tournament.

Bring those pint-sized Bill Dances out for the tourney which has four age groups: 3 years old and under; 4 to 6 years old; 7 to 11 years old; and 12 to 15 years old. Prizes will be given to participants who catch the most, the smallest and the largest fish within the age categories.

Sign-in begins at 8:45 a.m. and fishing starts at 9:30 a.m. The tournament will end at 11:30 a.m.
Refreshments, lunch and prizes will be provided by the Wayne Wal-Mart. Lick Creek Pond is located off Route 37 approximately 18 miles east of Wayne. For more information, call 304-849-2355.

Power up for kids fun

The West Virginia Power are in the midst of a homestand at Appalachian Power Park in downtown Charleston.

On Saturday, “Big 12 Night” they’ll be a bicycle giveaway (only kids 12 and under can register) and visits by such kids cartoon characters as Plex, Patrick and Diego. That is a 7:05 p.m. game Saturday, June 8 against Hagerstown Suns.

For the 2:05 p.m. Sunday game against the suns, there will be a kids 12 and under run around the bases after the game and a post-game outfield catch for dads and kids.

For tickets to any West Virginia Power game visit wvpower.com, call 304-344-BATS (2287) or visit the Power Box Office. Box Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.