Lackawanna County’s Art in the Park program kicks off


GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – If you have kids in the house during the summer months, you know how tough it is to keep them occupied.

Lackawanna County is once again offering a free idea to help you out. They have launched the 2018 edition of the “Art in the Park” series.

From hula hooping to making arts and crafts, Merli Sarnoski Park near Carbondale was filled with kids Tuesday as Lackawanna County’s “Art in the Park” program got underway for another summer.

“I think it’s actually pretty cool!” Vanessa Felker of Dunmore said.

From face painting to making funky creatures, the program exposes kids to art instead of having them just sit on a couch at home.

“I’d be a home just sitting down playing with my phone,” Gianna O’Donnell of Scranton admitted.

Some even played sports, meeting new friends along the way.

“It’s good because I’m not very social and to meet new people, it’s fun!” Sean Bryant of Carbondale said.

Lindsey Sawicki is one of the artists entertaining all the kids.

She brought old recycled materials and even cut up apples, sweet potatoes and squash for kids to use as paint stampers.

She says it’s a cheap way for anyone to stay creative at home.

“You can do it with any household materials like old toys and stuff. There’s a little horse there that has four feet that makes a really cool pattern so you can do it with anything that you have laying around the house!” Lindsey Sawicki said.

Parents say the program is a big help in the middle of summer and the best part is its entirely free.

“My little guy likes to play on the XBox all the time so it’s nice to be able to take him to come up to do all of this,” Tania Derichie of Carbondale said.

The “Art in the Park” program runs each Tuesday in the month of July at a different county park from 10:00 AM until noon.

For the next few weeks, these are the locations:

July 17: Covington Park in Covington Township

July 24: Aylesworth Park in Archbald

July 31: McDade Park in Scranton

For more information, call (570) 963-6590, extension 102 or email

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