Cookie decorating at Java Cow is only one of many activities for families and children during the Historic Park City Alliance’s annual Kids Day on
Cookie decorating at Java Cow is only one of many activities for families and children during the Historic Park City Alliance's annual Kids Day on Main Street on Sunday, May 18. (Park Record file photo)
On Sunday, May 18, Park City's historic Main Street will offer free and affordable family-friendly activities when the Historic Park City Alliance presents its annual Kids Day.

Main Street businesses will offer everything from cookie decorating to art projects for children of all ages and Miners Park will come alive with a magician, balloon artist and face painter, said Meisha Lawson, of the Historic Park City Alliance.

"We've expanded some of the activities in Miners Park this year," Lawson told The Park Record. "They will be there from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., and all these activities will be free to the public, and certainly for children."

Other activities will include cookie decorating at Java Cow, 402 Main St., for $2 per cookie from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and the Park City Museum, located at 528 Main St., will feature an Old-West marshal who will be on hand to pose for photos.

This year, just down the street from Java Cow, the J GO Gallery, at 408 Main St., will help children make greeting cards.

"We'll use Styrofoam to make a print," said gallery owner Jude Grenney. "We'll carve the Styrofoam and run paint over it and push it onto a card, sort of like a stamp. We wanted to give the kids something they could make and take with them to show off their creative efforts."

The idea for making cards came from one of the gallery's staff.

"We were thinking of different things we could do for fun that we could manage within the gallery," Grenney said.


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"We also understand that making art inspires creativity and develops confidence in all areas of people's lives, because there is no right or wrong way to create something."

Grenney said if children learn that, the concept of creativity will stimulate their imagination and that feeling will trickle into all aspects of their lives.

"My partner, Curtis Olson, who is a professional working artist, and I talked about the importance of art for kids and he said that making art is all about problem solving," Grenney said. "He has a vision and has to figure out the steps beginning with nothing to create what he wants.

"If we can get kids interested in the learning and developing process, they can take those skills and apply them to science and other components of their education," she said.

This year is the first time J GO Gallery is officially involved with Kids Day.

"We felt it was important because we wanted to get more involved with the community and have the community engage with us," Grenney said. "This seemed like a perfect way to get kids and families who may not regularly stroll the galleries to come and visit us."

While the kids and families are creating these cards, they will have the opportunity to examine some of the professional art that is on display at J GO Gallery.

"We have several new artists' works up from our last show called 'Inception' by artists Krista Harris, Elaine Coombs and Joey Brock," Grenney said. "We also think the kids will be fascinated with some other works from a show called 'Wonderbox' that is a whole different kind of art that features robots, spider webs and insects."

Artists Billy Wells, Mike Libby and Emil Fiore created the "Wonderbox" works, Grenney said.

"I think there will be some great mixed-media artwork that kids will like to see," she said.

Lawson said the Historic Park City Alliance conceived Kids Day after noticing the town lacked activities for children.

"We have presented a lot of different events for all different audiences, but we noticed, a few years ago, that there wasn't very much for children to do," she said. "We knew everyone liked going to Dolly's Bookstore to visit Dolly the cat, but we wanted to create a day especially for the kids so they could come and enjoy Park City. The goal was to make things a little more fun and exciting for the younger audience."

This year's Kids Day features an added bonus to parents — free parking.

"Since the end of April, there has been free parking on Main Street every Sunday through June 1, and Kids Day is on Sunday this year," Lawson said.

The Historic Park City Alliance will present its annual Kids Day Celebration on Sunday, May 18. For more information, visit www.historicparkcityutah.com.