The City of Puyallup’s Parks and Recreation Department kicks off its Flashback Friday family movie night program Friday (July 10) at Bradley Lake Park.
“We have four planned movies, and hope to bring families out so parents can show their kids movies they enjoyed in the 1990s — movies that the kids may not have already seen,” said Tyler Eidson, recreation coordinator for the City of Puyallup.
Friday’s debut film is “Space Jam,” which opened in 1996 and stars former NBA legend Michael Jordan helping Looney Tunes characters play a basketball game. That film is followed on July 24 by “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.”
The Aug. 7 presentation stars John Candy in 1991’s “Cool Runnings,” and Flashback Friday movie night’s final movie, “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,” will be shown Aug. 21.
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All shows are free events.
“We will have concessions available for purchase,” Eidson said.
Movies start at dusk and families are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
“A lot of people bring a cooler with a picnic and hang out at the park for the evening,” said Eidson.
Friday night movies at Bradley Lake Park started ten years ago and has always been a very popular event, he said.
Attendance usually depends on what movie is being shown, but it usually runs between 200 and 500 people, Eidson said, adding that the films with a nostalgic theme usually bring out more families.
The Puyallup Parks and Recreation Department decides what movies would be most appropriate for families. Staff also collects movie recommendations from parents and children.
All summer events can be viewed in the Puyallup Parks and Recreation brochure.
Copies are available at the Puyallup Parks and Recreation Department located at 808 Valley Avenue NW or viewed online at www.cityofpuyallup.org. The Recreation Department also has a Facebook page.
Eidson is clearly excited for the outdoor concert series.
“It is a great excuse to bring the family out to the park,” he said, adding that he sees Flashback Fridays as an opportunity for parents and their children to see movies parents enjoyed when they were young.
Another popular summer event, Concerts in the Park, begins on Thursday (July 9) and continues on Thursday evenings through Aug. 20.
“This event brings out the largest crowds, and starts at 6:30 pm. We have a great lineup this year,” Eidson said.
Local bands Elevator 253 and the Konzelman Brothers will start out the series, and The Coats will return this year as well.
“The one I’m looking forward to the most is our closing show featuring Spike and the Impalers. They are a huge local favorite,” he said.
Concessions will be available during all concerts and the Spray Park and the Puyallup Main Street Farmers Market will be up and running as well.
A carnival for children age 12 and younger will take place in Pioneer Park from 1 to 4 p.m. July 22. Tickets are 25 cents each and the carnival will feature games, prizes, face painting, crafts, cotton candy and more.
The summer activities will wind down Aug. 22 with the Community Campout at Bradley Lake Park.