In spite of gray skies, last Saturday over 10,000 Houstonians gathered at Turner Park in Acres Homes, to enjoy the 11th annual Family Day, hosted by Mayor Sylvester Turner. The all day event featured baseball games, plenty of free food, games, and more.
Food tents were serving turkey legs, sausage on a stick, hot dogs, anchos, popcorn, snow cones and corn on the cob. Nathan’s famous hot dogs were there with food and a bounce house shaped like a hot dog.
Performers included students from Aldine’s Carver High School, Baby Sonic Boom, the mariachi band Luna Llena from Rice University, Tiger Rock Martial Arts, and the teo Chew Temple lion dancers. Music was by J. Paul Jr. and the Zydeco Nubreeds.
Baseball games were played by teams from the Astors/MLB Urban Youth Academy, and a special exhibition game between TSU and Southern University.
Exhibits included animals from the Houston Zoo, the Smoke House from the Houston Fire Department, METRO’s Discover Bus, and the Houston Public Library mobile van.
Youngsters enjoyed games, face painting, rock wall climbing, and train rides. Seniors had a tent set up for bingo and checkers.
Mayor Turner thanked all that helped sponsor the event, and it was obvious that he was enjoying the day as much as anyone else.