Black Moms Paint in the Park?

I took my son to the annual Painting in the Park on July 15, a beautiful Saturday morning at Lincoln Park in Tremont. I wanted us to have a little bit of painting play and fun. Although the theme of the event was painting in the park, we got a lot more than we bargained with the many activities and vendors at the event.

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Offers of free stuff

Because I am a single parent of a little one, I look for fun things to do with my son that won’t break the bank.  Painting the Park offered lots of fun and essentials for free like:

  • T-shirt painting (and the t-shirt was provided)

  • Hair and face painting

  • Nail polishing

  • Giveaways like quality clothes provided by The Mega Church and books offered by The Kendall Cares Foundation

  • Pictures with characters from the movie, Trolls

  • Physical activities, including yoga with Judge Dawson

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Black Girl in CLE painted nail at this year's Painting in the Park

Black Girl in CLE painted nail at this year's Painting in the Park

Access to all sorts of vendors  

The vendors at the event were diverse and plentiful. They sold everything from pastries to candles, clothes, custom-made jewelry, artwork, henna tattoo art, and personal photos.

The two photographers there, Image Voice Productions and Right Face, sold headshots for $5 with use of props. Although Right Face had problems printing photos, the owner took my information and delivered my photos personally like she promised.

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Access to community-based programs and services

Some vendors shared beneficial information about life insurance, CPR training, and CCW classes. Cleveland Metroparks shared wildlife expertise and information with families. They displayed possum and beaver skeletons, turtle shells, and animal fur for the children to touch and explore.  

The Kendall Cares Foundation, as mentioned before, held a READATHON to raise awareness and funds for children in need while promoting literacy. Kendall, who looked to be about 9 years old, spoke eloquently about her READATHON challenge.

All in all, Painting in the Park was definitely a family fun event. Not only did families have the opportunity to express themselves creatively by painting, they were exposed to a lot more. Lincoln Park was the perfect setting too so make sure that if you ever decide to attend Painting in the Park, make sure you or both are wearing clothing that you don’t mind getting a little paint on and let the children play.