Third annual Coventry Kids Day is March 11
It’s that time of year. Arctic temperatures. Black ice. Snow days. Vortex days. The trifecta of snow, ice and mud. Households get a little squirrelly after a few too many wintry weeks indoors. Coventry Village Special Improvement District (CVSID), as part of its mission to make Coventry Village a wonderful place in which to live, work and play, has a plan to combat the stir-crazy nature of winter in Greater Cleveland. And it’s all free of charge.
On Sunday, March 11, noon to 4 p.m., the third annual Coventry Kids Day will create a party atmosphere throughout the district.
“It’s a way to celebrate the community,” said Angie Hetrick, executive director of CVSID. “We wanted to create a free day of fun to celebrate the families in the Heights.”
There will be balloons for kids throughout the district. Scheduled activities include a bubble party at Picadilly Artisan Creamery; Moana (yes, Disney’s Moana) giving hula lessons and hosting a dance party at The Grog Shop; caricatures at Panini’s Bar & Grill; crafts at In the 216 and Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry; face painting at Cleveland Candle Company; and yoga for kids at Confluence. (Registration is required for the yoga activity. To register, go to www.coventryvillage.org.).
Coventry Kids Day is one of many community-building strategies hosted by CVSID. “This is how we improve the life of the neighborhood, the residents, and the merchants,” Hetrick explained.
Other beloved traditions created and hosted by CVSID include the Coventry Holiday Festival, Movie Nights in the Park, and the Summer Series. CVSID also pays for the flowers that line the merchant district, hosts the coventryvillage.org website, and coordinates the plowing of the sidewalks during the winter. Art installations funded by CVSID include Coventry’s signature benches and iron gates, as well as the banners in Pekar Park.
While kids ultimately benefit from beautification, plowed sidewalks, and a smart website, they probably will get more instant gratification from the dance party, hula lessons, and standing inside a human-sized bubble at the creamery.
For more information, and a complete schedule of events, visit at www.coventryvillage.org.
Mostly a mom, Shari Nacson, LISW-S, is a freelance editor, child development specialist, and nonprofit consultant who makes her home in Cleveland Heights. More than anything, Nacson is inspired by kids and adults who build connection through kindness.