Jump Up and Get Down This Summer

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Writer / Janelle Morrison

The final bell is about to signal the start of the summer season in Hamilton County. The local parks and recreation departments have a full concert season planned for you and your family. Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation (CCPR) will offer their seasonal Kids Koncerts from June through July. A total of eight shows, featuring local kids’ band favorites, are among CCPR’s offerings this season.

“We have eight of the Kids Koncerts throughout the summer,” Lindsay Lobas, marketing director for CCPR, stated. “The concerts alternate so that every other week they are either at River Heritage Park or West Park. The kids come out listen to the music, sing along and dance to their favorite bands that will be represented in this year’s line-up.”

The Kids Koncerts can attract between 500 and 1,000 concertgoers. Another attraction is the return of Kona Ice, a family favorite. A portion of the proceeds goes to the CCPR and helps to fund their scholarships, in addition to the Carmel Clay Parks Foundation that raises money to enable local families who would otherwise not be able to attend CCPR’s programs to participate and enjoy the activities provided.

Another family-friendly event series that boasts water park activities and live entertainment is CCPR’s Splash Attack at the Monon Center. It is free with the water park admission. “It is during our late-day admission so it’s only $4 to get into the water park during that time,” Lindsay said. “It’s just a little added benefit for those attending who want to do the water park activities. We usually do the limbo and have the live bands there as part of the family fun activities. We will also have food trucks on-site for our guests.”

Other area concerts scheduled this summer include performances from local favorites such as Polkaboy and The Flying Toasters at Cool Creek Park, brought to you by Hamilton County Parks and Recreation (HCPR).

For five Fridays in June and July, HCPR brings to the stage the most entertaining performers Central Indiana offers. Adult admission is only $5, while children 12 and under enjoy free entry. Gates open at 6 p.m. with performances from 7-9 p.m. Performances for 2014 include Polkaboy (June 13), The Flying Toasters (June 20), The Jeremy Vogt Band (June 27), ESB (July 11) and My Yellow Rickshaw (July 18). The concert schedule is subject to change based upon weather.


Don’t let the summer days pass you by. Old man winter will be here again before we know it, so grab your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy the shows!

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Summer Concerts Schedule

Join us for live music and food trucks the 4th Thursday in June and July.

Free with Water Park Admission.

All Ages | The Water Park | 4-7 p.m.

Thursday, June 26 | The Tides Trio
Food Vendors: Da Blue Lagoon, Edwards Drive-In, Sweet Jeanius, Kona Ice

Thursday, July 24 | 3 to 1 Trio Food Vendors: The NY Slice, Dog Daze of Carmel, Sweet Jeanius, Kona Ice

What’s better than watching a movie in the theaters? A movie under the stars! Pack up the family, grab your snacks, and enjoy the fresh air while you view the big screen! Movies begin at sundown. Kona Ice will be selling shaved ice for your enjoyment.

All Ages | West Park (2700 W. 116th Street) | Fridays | 9:30 p.m.-11:00p.m.

Date Movie June 6 Daddy Day Camp (PG/93 mins.) July 11 Monsters, Inc. (G/92 mins.) August 1 Despicable Me 2 (PG/98 mins.)Kids Koncerts
Island Breeze Duo June 2 River Heritage Park
Ruditoonz June 9 West Park
Kid Kazooey June 16 River Heritage Park
Stasia Demos June 23 West Park
Dumpster Drummers June 30 River Heritage Park
Island Breeze July 14 West Park
Ruditoonz July 21 River Heritage Park
Mik the Music Man July 28 West Park

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