Interactive areas, play land inflatables, crafts and a birthday party for Churchill Charlie create family festival atmosphere
A birthday extravaganza for Junior Jockey Club Mascot Churchill Charlie will be the highlight of an action packed Family Adventure Day Presented by Kroger at Churchill Downs on Sunday, June 22.
Churchill Downs Paddock Plaza will be transformed on Sunday into a birthday-themed playground for Family Adventure Day that features face painters, a petting zoo, six-pony carousel, sidewalk chalking area, and a variety of themed inflatables. Family activities include a Hula Hoop contest, corn hole, nine-hole miniature golf, and stick horse races inside the Churchill Downs Paddock. Live entertainment takes place throughout the day and includes a strolling magician, break dancers and a DJ on the Plaza Stage.
The new Grandstand Pavilion (including Sections 326-328) has been designated as a family friendly area for the day where guests can gather for group dining and seating to watch the races. It also allows convenient access to family activities in the Plaza. A Family Pavilion wristband is required to use the area and take part in all Family Adventure Day activities. Guests are encouraged to purchase wristbands in advance for $5 per person at www.ChurchillDowns.com/FamilyAdventureDay or $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12 at the track on the day of the event. Children younger than three are free.
Churchill Charlie will also host Charlie’s Corner for kids three and younger and a meet & greet with several of his other character friends, including Sweet Frog, the vineyard vines whale, the Louisville Bats’ Buddy the Bat, and LG&E’s Louie the Lighting Bug. The Kentucky Derby Museum will add to the day’s festivities by hosting a meet & greet with the museum’s resident miniature horse Winston, story time, and printmaking crafts. Other attractions include a fire truck from the Louisville Metro Fire Department and a helicopter from the Louisville Metro Police Department. Family Adventure Day participants can also purchase Kona Ice with a variety of tropical flavors.