The Town of Porter
Park Department has announced several scheduled activities planned for this
summer in partnership with area organizations.
Kids Summer Park
SESSION 1: June 4
to June 8 --The popular Kids Summer Park Program at Hawthorne Park will be
back this year with a few fun changes. The program will run for four
separate weeks this year. The first week of the program will run from June 4
to 8 and feature a science day, double dare day, and a walking field trip to
SESSION 2: June 18
to June 22 --The popular program returns and will feature a mini-chef day,
martial arts visit, and a walking field trip to Indian Springs Park for a
day of fishing.
SESSION 3: June 25
to June 29 --Session 3 will feature an artful antics day, DIY drive-in day,
and a walking field trip to the Porter Police Department.
SESSION 4: July 9
to July 13 --Session 4 will feature a life-sized game of “Life,” music in
the park, and a walking field trip to the Porter Fire Department.
The program will
begin at 9 a.m. each weekday, and end at 1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to
bring a sack lunch (nothing that needs preparation) to enjoy at lunchtime.
supervised by a Summer Park Program Director and three adult assistants, is
filled with activities, games, crafts, surprises, and walking field trips.
The program is free to children ages six through 11. Children must have
completed kindergarten. Pre-registration is required. Registration forms and
additional information can be found on the Park Department's Facebook Page
www.facebook.com/PorterParks or by emailing the park department at
Movies in the park
There will be two
free Outdoor Movie and Concert Nights at the East shelter in Hawthorne Park
See the live-action
Disney movie, “Beauty & the Beast” Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. Prior to the
film, there will be a free concert by the Valparaiso University Community
See Disney’s “Coco”
Friday, August 3 at 7 p.m. Prior to the film, there will be a free concert
by the Mariachi Infantil Santa Maria.
Concerts begin at 7
p.m. at the shelter with the movie following at dusk. In the event of
inclement weather, the concert and movie will be moved inside the Community
Center at Hawthorne Park.
Free concert and
movie nights are made possible through a partnership between the Westchester
Public Library, the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club, and the Town of Porter
Summer Safety Fest:
Friday, June 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The seventh annual
Summer Safety Fest is back by popular demand! This free event is designed
for all ages. Summer Safety Fest features interactive activities and
demonstrations led by area law enforcement and public safety agencies. Enjoy
K9 demonstrations, a “jaws of life” car extrication demonstration, or dunk a
police officer in the dunk tank! Hot dog dinners will be available for
purchase. Safety Fest is chaired by young Porter resident Eric Ailes, 16.
MS4 Kids Fishing
Derby at Indian Springs Park: Wednesday, June 20, 8 a.m. to Noon.
Is your six to 12
year-old interested in learning how to fish, or wanting to show off existing
skills? Get kids who love to fish signed up for the fourth annual MS4 Kids
Fishing Derby at Indian Springs Park!
There will be
guides on site available to provide instruction and assist throughout the
event. There will be prizes for the biggest fish, games after the derby, and
a hot dog lunch. All fishing equipment will be provided, and all
participants must be accompanied by an adult. This free event is put on
through a partnership of the Town of Chesterton Storm Water Utility, the
Town of Porter Storm Water/MS4 Program, and the Town of Porter Park
Department with support from Indiana DNR, the Northwest Indiana Steelheaders,
and the Town of Porter Fire Department. Pre-registration is required. For
more info, visit ms4girl.wix.com/kids-fishing-derby or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Family 4th Fest:
Tuesday July 4
Grab the family and
head to Hawthorne Park this Fourth of July for the Annual Family 4th Fest.
This free event kicks off when the DuneBIG 4th of July parade arrives at the
park and continues with a Lions Club pancake breakfast. Activities
throughout the day will include a turtle derby, brick toss contest, family
fun games and contests, bounce houses, kiddy rides, food vendors, live
music, karaoke, and a beer garden. The night is capped off by a fireworks
show at dusk. The event is organized by Duneland Business Initiative Group,
The Chesterton Lions Club, and the Town of Porter Park Department.
information, contact Town of Porter Park Department Director Brian Bugajski
at (219) 921-1687 or email@example.com