Concert in the Park Zumba Style

Grandma Kc wrote this on September 5th, 2013 26 Replies

A few weeks ago, Amara and I attended the 4th Annual Concert in the Park – it was our fourth year going and we were both looking forward to seeing what it would be like this year. We had been a little disappointed last year; we just didn’t like the band as well but we were still excited to be going.

This year we got a wonderful surprise! When I went to pick Amara up on Saturday afternoon two of her friends were there with their Mom who had stopped to see Jenna – and we talked them into joining us! Amara was thrilled that she would have friends to play and dance with and I was thrilled that I was going to have another grownup friend come along.

We got to the park, staked out a spot and spread out our blankets. While we waited for the band to start Amara took the girls on a tour of the booths! They got the super-fast tour! Most of the booths had been there in years past, or similar ones and it was if Amara just wanted to give them the lay of the land. We only stopped at two booths. Our first stop was to get the girls balloon flowers. The other stop was the booth selling kettle corn. Our friends had never had it and it is one of Amara’s favorites.

You can click the pictures to see the smiles in a larger size!

Dancing Collage

We settled down on our blanket to nibble on the kettle corn and to watch the balloons burst one by one, as they hit the grass. We should have remembered to get them last. About then one of the local and amazing Zumba instructor and some of her friends took the stage. Amara and the girls were off and dancing. My friend and I Zumba’d too in between taking pictures. Amara was outraged when she realized the we were standing on the sidelines. “Grandma! You left the kettle corn unguarded!” She ran and grabbed the bag, handed it to the other mom and went right back to Zumba some more.

Kettle Corn Collage

In between the Zumba and the band starting Amara and the girls went to talk to the mounted police. It was one of the same officers that had been there last year. He even remembered Amara. She was thrilled that he did.

The girls with the Mounted Police and his horse.

The girls danced a little to the band and played with all of the hula hoops that were laid out but they had liked the Zumba better! Since our friends hadn’t planned to join us, they couldn’t stay the whole evening but before they left there was much giggling while they rode Cecil the Sea Monster. Amara had loved him last year but he was lots more fun with friends.

The girls having fun riding Cecil the Sea Monster

Amara and I stayed a while after our friends left. We made the slow tour of all of the booths. Amara got her face painted and looked so very cute! She wanted to take pictures in the photo booth but stick in the mud Grandma said “No.” I figured I had taken enough photos and videos we didn’t need to spend our money on that. Sure wish we had, as there is not one picture of me with my cute pink ladybug that I had painted on my cheek.

Amara getting her face painted collage

We stopped by two booths where artists were painting. Amara chatted with one of them about whether he was using oil paints, she thought he was. I loved that this older gentleman really took an interest in talking to Amara. I told him she had been taking art classes for years. She told him that she had only worked in acrylics and he shared with her how much she was going to love working in oils. It was a wonderful interaction. I just stood back, soaked it all in and was very proud.

After our slow tour, we ended up back at our blanket. Amara talked to the people on the blanket next to us and petted their beautiful Boxer – with the owner’s permission of course. It was about then that Amara decided she’d had enough and was starving! Just like the last three years, we left the park and headed for Wendy’s to get hamburgers to take home and share with Grandpa. It was a wonderful evening and Amara was asleep within moments of hitting the pillow and never woke up until 8:30 the next morning.

If you would like to read about the first three concerts here are the links.

Concert in the Park — our first year
She’s a Dancing Machine — our second year
She didn’t get to Dance — our third year

26 thoughts on “Concert in the Park Zumba Style

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am so glad you and the girls could join us and I really hope we can do it again next year. We can even take a picnic and some watermelon!

  1. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    What a fun outing and good memories to boot. Love the face painting. You are lucky to live where you can be outside all year round. We are getting our first frost tonight, so our time outside will get less and less. But, we played some softball this afternoon but almost needed a jacket. πŸ™‚

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Hard to believe you are going to get frost tonight – it is 97 degrees here today! We are getting the heat everyone else had last month and no chance of it cooling off until at least next Monday! Wish I could send you some!

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara is still keeping her fingers crossed that they bring back the band from the first year but I am already looking forward to the next one especially if our friends join us again and we take a big picnic – maybe even some chairs.

  2. Joyce

    I do remember the concert last year – where everything didn’t turn out as planned, but Amara still had a great time.
    I love that picture of her with the elegant face painting. Next year I’m hoping to see Grandma with her ladybug – that must have been darling!
    What a fun, happy time – and now maybe you’ll have repeat company every year!

  3. debra

    I am glad that this year was a hit and an improvement over last year and of COURSE that policeman would remember her..who wouldn’t! ? πŸ™‚

  4. Loy

    Long time no see! Glad Dot is okay! And good luck to Amara and her new school year. My grandson just started half-day day-care, so I get to pick him up everyday. LOLOL

  5. Shelia

    Oh, what a fun time y’all must have had. I’d not be able to walk if I did Zumba! πŸ˜‰ The little painted faces are adorable. I’m so glad you popped in to see my dolls and I hope you’ll come back some time.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ™‚

  6. Susan Adcox

    Sounds like a fabulous outing! I do Zumba, too, but I do it in the pool so that no one knows that my gyrations are kind of creaky. It’s still fun and a great workout.

  7. Minnesota Farm Living

    I give you lots of credit for Zumba! I am so uncoordinated that i have a problem doing it. Wish I could!

  8. Adela

    You created such a wonderful tradition with Amara. Good for you. I enjoy this link up and “meeting” new bloggers. By the way I am an arm -flailing zoomba enthusiast myselft.

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      That is one of my favorite pictures, too! She is always so full of energy that it does brighten any day! We’re very lucky!


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