Oak Park Residents Share Smiles and S’Mores at Winterfest
(Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 29, 2019)
Oak Park, MI – Oak Park resident Nicole Hicks and a horse-drawn buggy full of children – Abury, Devonte, Penelope, Madison and Khalii – rode through the little patch of woods behind Oak Park Recreation Center, taking in the sights and sounds of winter as part of the Oak Park Winterfest on Sunday.
Though chilly air nipped at their noses, the children did not seem to mind. They listened to the sound of crunching snow and hoof-steps, and looked around in awe at the snow covered trees with the bright blue sky behind them. “It’s so pretty!” Aubry said. “You can only see half the trees because the trees look white.”
Hicks missed last year’s Winterfest, but had attended before that. “I try to come to everything they have,” she said. “They do reading to the toddlers, crafts, activities. Next week they’re doing soap making.
“It gives the kids a chance to do stuff, and it’s free so that’s great.”
In addition to carriage rides, residents enjoyed getting to see three reindeer, watching an ice carving demonstration, and making s’mores by the campfire. Inside the recreation center was free chili and hot chocolate, as well as games, crafts, face painting and music.
The City of Oak Park, including the Oak Park Library and Recreation Department, offer many fun and educational events throughout the year. Learn more about the City of Oak Park at http://www.oakparkmi.gov/
Find out about more events on the Oakland County Times Event Page.