Kent County Rec Center set for a happy new year

DOVER — Families are invited to celebrate the arrival of 2019 a couple of days earlier than New Year’s Eve for the second year in a row on Saturday at the Kent County Recreation Center.

The second annual New Year’s Celebration is set to take place from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Kent County Recreation Center, located at 1683 New Burton Road in Dover.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at the Recreation Center today for $7 apiece for all ages. They will also be available for $10 at the door on Saturday.

“It’s definitely something that we’re looking to do every year moving forward,” Kailyn Schech, recreation program supervisor for Kent County Parks and Recreation, said about the New Year’s event. “We really like the idea of having a family friendly event, especially with the kids out of school during the holidays.

“This event is not only fun, but participants will also get a chance to learn some of the things that Kent County is doing to promote healthy lifestyles and to find out about some of the fitness classes that we have to offer.”

It’s the perfect time of the year to promote health and fitness — some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.

The New Year’s Celebration will feature live entertainment by singer/songwriter Bobby Lee Jones, fitness demonstrations, moon bounces, sport instructions and more.

The celebration will end once again with a balloon drop as the finale at 4 p.m. to allow the whole family to ring in 2019.

“The New Year’s Celebration is something that gives kids something for them to do to burn off their energy and have fun,” Ms. Schech said. “It also gives parents a chance to participate in fitness classes and to also play with their kids.

“Probably the best thing for parents is they won’t have to worry about cleaning up when it’s all finished.”

Jeremy Sheppard, director of the Kent County Recreation Center, was pleased with how the inaugural New Year’s Eve event went last winter.

That was when a couple hundred parents and their children braved cold temperatures and some icy roads to take part in the celebration.

“In the Dover area, getting any new event started is really word of mouth no matter how much advertising you try to do,” Mr. Sheppard said. “It’s still word of mouth and anything new, well, you’ve got to get it started at some point.”

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