Ryan Fischer/The Herald-Dispatch Braelyn Smith, 12, of Huntington tosses her pine cone into the seeds during Funington's pine cone bird feeder workshop on Monday, June 11, 2018, at Altizer Park in Huntington.

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — “Funtington — Huntington Fun for Kids” returns to the community for the fourth year. The Huntington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has once again partnered with Heritage Farm, the Huntington Museum of Art, Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District, Camden Park, Beech Fork Lake and other attractions to promote Funington, which offers something for kids and families to do every weekday in June and July.

“Kids and families can take part in summer fun for children of all ages as they explore the outdoors, learn from the past and get their fill of thrills and chills all throughout Huntington and in Cabell and Wayne Counties,” said Tyson Compton, President of the CVB. “Weekends are often full of activities but these venues want to help kids fill their weekdays as well.”

Each venue will take a weekday and create an event that offers more to do on that day. The Park District will focus on Mondays, Camden Park will share Tuesdays with Beech Fork Lake, Heritage Farm has Wednesdays and Huntington Museum of Art will specialize on Thursdays. Fridays will be an “open” day where kids are encouraged to take advantage of the many other offerings in Cabell and Wayne Counties, such as activities at Beech Fork Lake, the Splash Park in Barboursville, bowling, skating, library activities and other events.

“The Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District is excited to participate in Funington again this year!” said Lauren Carte, Development and Recreation Manager. “Last year, our Junior Naturalist Parks Expedition served an abundance of children and families on Mondays in June and July. Although many children attended multiple sessions, one child, Benjamin, was with us every week! After meeting with members of another Funington organization we learned that Benjamin had been attending their programs too. Benjamin’s contagious enthusiasm for outdoor fun is what Funington is all about for us.”

Besides providing fun, outdoor activities for kids and families, Funington serves a greater purpose for the community. “I am really excited about the success of Funnington,” said Audy Perry of Heritage Farm. “ It is yet another example of why Huntington is America’s Best Community - five entities working together to make sure kids, families and visitors of all ages have fun in Huntington. Partnerships of quality organizations staffed with great people make for excellent opportunities for us all.”

“There are no requirements to attend more than one event and no packages that must be purchased in advance,” Compton said. “Just show up at the noted time and enjoy!” While some events are free of charge, some offer discounted entry fees.

Each Monday from 1 to 3 pm the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District hosts a different activity. Themes are subject to change. Prior arrangements are requested for large groups. For GHPRD info, contact Lauren Carte, 304-696-5954.

Upcoming announced events

  • June 10 — Ritter Park Scavenger Hunt
  • June 17 — Harveytown Park Owl Pellets
  • June 24 — St. Cloud Commons Yard Games
  • July 1 — Altizer Park Science Experiments
  • July 8 — April Dawn Park Camping 101
  • July 15 — Westmoreland Park Pine Cone Bird Feeders
  • July 22 — Rotary Park Disc Golf
  • July 29 — Ritter Park Surprise Grand Finale

Each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Camden Park kids 48” and under get in free, with an adult paying regular general admission of $17.99.

June 18 – July 23 only

Camden Park hosts an annual Children’s Festival Rides with games and summer fun including Aunt Dovie’s Petting Farm, live music on the Midway Stage, face painting or balloon artistry plus a special rate just for kids 48” and under. Check www.camdenpark.com for pricing.

Tuesdays, Noon to 8 p.m. at Beech Fork Marina

Beech Fork Lake offers recreational boating, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities the whole family can enjoy! Canoes, kayaks, jon boats, paddle boats and stand up paddle boards are available to rent at the park’s boat dock, which is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from noon to 8 p.m. Life jackets are required and provided with rentals. To rent a boat, you must be 16 or older. Call 304-522-9374 for info.

Wednesdays, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Heritage Farm

At Heritage Farm every Wednesday in June and July for our Petting Zoo, Children’s Activity Museum, Six Simple Machines Discovery Zone playground, MakerSpace, Artisan Center and award-winning museums. Open to all ages for the special day price of $5/person for Kid’s Day.

Thursdays, 10 a.m. at Huntington Museum of Art

The Huntington Museum of Art at the Butterfly Garden takes visitors on a guided tour through the scenic nature trails. In the event of rain, participants are welcome to venture inside the Museum for an indoor nature activity. Remember to wear outdoor and hiking appropriate clothing and shoes. Free admission with no pre-registration required. Contact Cindy Dearborn, 304-529-2701

Fridays Explore Funington on your own

On Friday, Funington invites residents to explore Huntington and Cabell and Wayne Counties at their leisure. Go bowling at Strike Zone, investigate the youth programs at the Cabell County Public Library, enjoy inflatables at Pump Up the Fun, make a special treasure at Pottery Place, romp outside at Beech Fork State Park, go swimming at Dreamland or skating at Skateland in Altizer, and enjoy the Splash Park at Barboursville Park or Milton’s April Dawn Park.

Visit the Huntington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.VisitHuntingtonWV.org/funington or call 304-525-7333.

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