New activities include Teddy Bear Tea Party, scavenger hunt for older children
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Now a beloved family tradition, the Charleston Parks Conservancy will celebrate the 10th Teddy Bear Picnic on Sunday, March 3. Over the last decade, families have been enjoying an afternoon of free fun in one of Charleston’s favorite public spaces: Hampton Park.
Children and their teddy bears will once again take over the park to enjoy musical entertainment, face painting, seed planting, crafts and more at this year’s event set for 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, March 3 in Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Drive. Admission and all activities are free; advance registration is encouraged.
New this year is a Teddy Bear Tea Party and a scavenger hunt geared toward older children who want to explore Hampton Park. Also joining the event is The Lady Bug Lady and her lady bug car, Ms. Lulu. The popular Teddy Bear ER will be back, helping “injured” bears needing treatment and well bear checkups.
The idea for the Teddy Bear Picnic came from the Conservancy’s volunteer Park Angels who wanted to create a free event that encouraged families to spend time in the park.
“We started this event as a way for families and children to make memories in the park. Now, we have children who have literally grown up attending the Teddy Bear Picnic,” said Neves Richards, director of volunteers. “And many of our participants are now part of the more than 100 Park Angels who volunteer with us year after year because they love this event so much.”
Part of this year’s 10th celebration is Parker Bear, star of “Here, There and Everywhere with Parker Bear,” a children’s book written by the Conservancy’s volunteer Park Angels and photographed by Charleston photographer Libby Williams.
In the book, Parker Bear goes on a Charleston parks adventure, visiting 10 city parks before meeting his friends at Hampton Park for the annual Teddy Bear Picnic. The book was released at the 2017 Teddy Bear Picnic, and copies will be available for purchase this year as well.
Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch, blankets and chairs to enjoy an afternoon in the park. Food trucks will have food available for purchase.
The event is free, but to save time at check-in, families are encouraged to pre-register online and pre-order their copy of “Here, There and Everywhere with Parker Bear.” Books are $12 each or two for $20. Learn more and pre-register at https://www.charlestonparksconservancy.org/event/teddy-bear-picnic.
The rain date for the event is Sunday, March 10.
About the Charleston Parks Conservancy
The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and together create stunning public places and a strong community. The Conservancy opens doors to individuals and organizations in Charleston wanting to engage with their parks and green spaces in a kaleidoscope of positive ways. With the help of its Park Angels, the Conservancy improves, enhances, and invigorates these spaces, making Charleston even better, stronger, and more successful. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, please visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.
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