The sixth annual Sly’s Rock the Block celebration is set for this Saturday, August 12 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Washington Square Park. The event will offer a variety of entertainment and family-friendly activities to mark another year of successful summer programs.
“All summer long Club KC and Mayor’s Nights provide our young people with an opportunity to have fun in a safe and caring environment,” said Mayor Sly James. “Saturday’s event is about the community as a whole and bringing people together to celebrate the end of summer with good food and family-friendly activities and entertainment.”
This free event, produced by the Mayor’s Office, Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department, and the Kansas City Police Department, is open to the public and will feature family-friendly activities live music, cultural performances, and community resources. The first 1,500 attendees will receive tickets for free hot dogs, chips and drinks. Several food trucks will also be on the premises offering various food items for sale. Parking is free at the Blue Shield Blue Cross Parking lot, on the north side of Washington Square Park.
Live entertainment will begin at approximately 10 a.m. featuring the Jamil Family Band; Little Troy Lee Sanders; Los Bailadores de Kansas City; Lee’s Summit School of Rock Band; and Boogaloo 7 Band. Mayor Sly James and Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Terry Rynard will welcome guests and speak briefly at approximately 2 p.m. during the entertainment lineup.
The celebration will offer families a variety of fun activities throughout the afternoon including: Arts Tech (caricatures, photo booth, giant Jenga); KC Zoo Mobile; Sister Act Face Painting; Imagination Playground; Stone Lion Puppets; video games; College Basketball Experience pop-a-shot; Mattie Rhodes Center (crafts); and several inflatables. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit with a number of community organizations, nonprofits and city departments.