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Farmington offers family fun

Summer fun is in full swing in Farmington.

Warm days call for cool water at the Farmington Water Park. On Friday, a full house was enjoying the water slides, lazy river, splash pad as well as a cool-off from the large bucket.

Besides fun in the sun, the “Movies in the Park” returns next week, with four movies scheduled this summer offering something for the whole family.

The first featured is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Friday in Long Park on Ste. Genevieve Avenue. “Storks” is being sponsored by Coldwell Banker Hulsey and the Farmington Parks and Recreation Department.

The other movies scheduled for the summer include “Sing” on July 7, sponsored by First State Community Bank; “Moana” on July 28, sponsored by Chris Morrison – State Farm Insurance and a “throwback” with “Top Gun” at 8 p.m. on Aug. 18, sponsored by Chris Morrison – State Farm Insurance.

Refreshments will be provided during the movies.

From Bingo to family movie night and an interactive murder mystery, the Farmington Public Library is set to offer a fun-packed summer for all ages.

Not wasting any time for an exciting event, the library will be offering a special teen night this Friday. For those who enjoy Pokemon or Cowboy Bebop, then the library’s Teen Anime Hangout should be of interest.

“We have all our regularly scheduled activities for June, such as, chess club, craft projects and the banned book club,” Director Travis Trokey said. “But this Friday we will be hosting a Teen Anime Hangout starting at 5:30 p.m. We have done this one other time, and it has been one of our more popular themes.”

Following an evening of anime, the library will host another kid-friendly activity on Saturday with Father’s Day Craft where children can make a decorative stepping stone for dad.

“We did this last year,” Trokey said. “As of now, we are full, but we do have a waiting list in case someone cancels.”

One of the bigger summer events planned this year has the library partnering with the Farmington Civic Center for Summer Days at Trimfoot Park for children ages 7 to 12.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, from June 20 through July 13, kids will be meeting at Trimfoot Park to participate in some great outdoor activities, such as, three-legged races and tug of war, building a life-size Jenga or grabbing a Nerf gun and playing capture the flag.

“We are trying to start offering some more outdoor activities,” Trokey said. “We are hoping to see some kids who don’t typically come to the library or can’t make it over for some reason. We really would like to do more outreach programs in the future.”

For those who like to read and play Bingo, the library has the perfect event planned at 4 p.m. on June 22 called Bingo for Books.

“This promises to be a very fun event,” Trokey said. “We are asking for people sign up for this because space is limited.”

Tapping into the latest rage that is sweeping the country, the library will be hosting two separate “Escape the Room” events on June 23. The first event, which will begin at noon, challenges a person to escape from a room that appears to have no exit.

To make things more interesting, the second “Escape the Room” event has visitors participating in a Murder Mystery Escape the Room at 6 p.m.

Trokey advises the Murder Mystery Escape requires people to sign up because each person will need to receive a role for the evening.

For those who are wanting to become more tech savvy, the library will be holding a Tech Petting Zoo at the Farmington OAKS Senior Center at 10 a.m. on June 27.

“We will be there right before lunch and possibly through lunch,” Trokey said. “People can come in and ask us questions about different devices or get an overview on a tablet or something like that – especially if you are considering a purchase in the future.”

Making sure the younger children are not forgotten, the library will be offering two special Story Time events. On June 28 and July 5, Story Time will be held at the Farmington Water Park Splash Pad.

“We have been trying to do more things with the civic center,” Trokey said. “I think the kids are really going to enjoy this.”

The other big event the library has planned is the annual Summer Reading Program. With a theme of “Build a Better World,” the program – which runs July 10-28 – is encouraging young readers to read a total of 750 minutes. For every 15 minutes recorded, the reader will receive a sticker and at the end of the program the library will host an awards and swim party at the Farmington Water Park.

The library will also be offering special events to coincide with the reading program, such as Family Movies on Tuesday and teen programs on Wednesdays.

For more information on any of the programs, call the library’s front desk at 573-756-5779.

Visitors to the Farmington Water Park wait for a cool splash of water on June 9. The park is just one place for summer fun in Farmington this summer.

Visitors to the Farmington Water Park wait for a cool splash of water on June 9. The park is just one place for summer fun in Farmington this summer.

Craig Vaughn is a reporter for the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3629 or

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