Registration begins today for the City of Allentown’s free eight-week summer playground program. 

The city’s summer playground program began in 1914.  General Harry C. Trexler and Mrs. Trexler sponsored an outing called “Romper Day” which is still celebrated at the end of the summer event. It includes various games, relay races, dances and much more.

“Our summer playground program keeps children busy,” said Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell. “The program includes sports like basketball, wiffleball, kickball, and soccer and activities like swimming, arts and crafts and environmental education, all of which are supervised by playground instructors.”

There are 17 playground locations in the City of Allentown with activities for children ages 7-to-15.  Mondays run from 1:00pm to 3:30pm and 9:00am to 3:30pm Tuesdays through Fridays, including free lunch!

Playground registrants can participate in an end of the year field trip to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom and the Monday, August 5 at 7:00pm Romper Day Celebration at J. Birney Crum Stadium.

Daily participants are eligible to win free prizes at the end of the season.  Some of these prizes include bicycles, scooters, skateboards, sporting equipment, arts and crafts supplies and much more.

A complete list of sites is available on the city website at https://www.allentownpa.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Recreation/Summer-Playground-Program .  They are also listed on the flyer.