Real-life and larger-than-life characters to touch down at Super Hero Party
Area youngsters will mingle with superheroes, both make-believe and real life, Friday, Feb. 22 at the Washington County Recreation and Fitness Department’s Super Hero Party 2019.
The evening meet-and-greet event will feature bat cave shopping, sand art, temporary tattoo, and other activities at the Hagerstown Community College Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.
Rob Holsinger, deputy director for Washington County Recreation and Fitness Department, said the Washington County Sheriff’s Department will display a squad car and a special response vehicle.
“We like to think of it as a hometown hero kind of event. We like to get law enforcement involved,” he said.
Officers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be on hand with a boat and an all-terrain vehicle.
Heroes of storybooks and the big screen also will make an appearance, as actors costumed as superheroes will interact, sign autographs and provide photo opportunities with kids.
“We have got a couple new superhero actors coming out this year,” Holsinger said. “We tried to rotate it and get some fresh superheroes. The kids get excited about them.”
A new feature of the event will be a karate group providing a board-breaking demonstration. Holsinger said he is trying to book a canine demonstration as well, though that was not yet confirmed at press time.
“We have a moon bounce, a magician on hand doing three magic shows throughout the evening,” he said, “and just a lot of fun games and activities for the kids.”
Children are encouraged to wear costumes. There will be crafts, scooters, and a parade of heroes to conclude the event.
The party is a community effort, Holsinger said, with not only public safety organizations participating, but even a hair styling business getting in on the act to spray children’s hair different colors to look like their favorite superheroes.
“Our goal is to get families out and to get them to recreate together. A side benefit for us is that we want them to be aware of our other activities that we have going on throughout the year,” he said. “We will be promoting our upcoming spring and summer catalog.”
The catalog includes activities ranging from dance, track, tennis and volleyball for children to yoga, spin and hybrid cardio for adults. Summer youth day camps also are available.
“Generally, we just want families to get out and do something fun. This is a good activity for the kids. Mom and dad appreciate it and the kids dress up and have a good time,” he said. “Plus it’s a very affordable activity.”
Admission is $5 per child, $2 for those ages 13 and older, and free for children younger than 12 months. Concessions will be available for an additional fee.
Roughly 500 people have attended past parties, Holsinger said. Ticket sales will close Wednesday, Feb. 20 or when the event is sold out. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
“I think the kids really get enjoyment out of relating with the super hero actors,” Holsinger said. “They get down on their level, sign autographs, take pictures with the kids. It’s just a really sweet event.”
Top photo: Children test their agility at the 2018 Super Hero Party hosted by the Washington County Recreation and Fitness Department. (Submitted photo)