In lieu of presenting speeches, Vision Loss Resources is throwing a Family Fun Day to celebrate its 100-year anniversary on Saturday, June 21st from 10am to 1pm at the Wabun Picnic Area in Minnehaha Park. “We’ve been providing services, skills, and support for people with vision loss for 100 years and that is an awesome thing,” says Beth Nault Schatz, Director of Advancement. “There will be no speeches because we will be too busy having fun.”
This multifaceted event has something for people of every age and inclination. Follow the 8-piece roaming band called Dick & Jane’s Big Brass Band and you’ll hear New Orleans-style music. Try to stay in your seat when Cyril Paul & Calypso Monarchs play on stage. Revel in comedy, juggling, magic, and modern vaudeville during David Wallbridge’s one-man circus show. The main stage performances will be ASL interpreted.
Kids of all ages will learn about living with vision loss while playing hands-on interactive games. Anyone can play in the Beep baseball exhibition; this game was created by and for the blind and visually impaired. And don’t miss the craft area for all ages.
Other activities include a bouncy house, face-painting, stilt walking and juggling area, and more games. The Family Fun Day will be catered by Common Roots, a local gourmet restaurant that uses organic ingredients sourced from area farmers. Of course, it wouldn’t be a family fun day without ice cream treats.
Know that this is an outdoor event that will take place rain or sunshine. Dress for the weather and bring your sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen. Feel free to bring a picnic blanket although there are lots of picnic tables on site. There will be water stations with plenty of cups or fill up your own water bottle. If you will be using Metro Mobility, ask for the Waban Picnic Area at Minnehaha Park or say you are going to the Vision Loss Resources Family Fun Day. It will be a busy day at Minnehaha Park. For free parking, go to Minnehaha Academy South Campus, located at 4200 West River Parkway, and take our complementary shuttle right to the Wabun entrance.
Advance tickets are $5 a person or $15 per family. Buy your tickets by June 20th to receive a free T-shirt. Day of tickets at the event are $10 a person or $20 per family. Although the event ends at 1 pm, pack your youngster’s swimsuit if you want to try the park’s brand new wading pool.