Special Events

New Events!

Spring into Summer Carnival

Step right up for summer fun! Youth can play old-fashioned, carnival-style games to win prizes! Registration for summer activities and passes for Garden Rapids at the Big Pool will also be available for purchase! Sign up today as we SPRING INTO SUMMER together!

Date: March 16th
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: GCPR Gym
Fee: $5

Father Daughter Dance

Come on Barbie®! Let’s Go Party! All father figures and their daughters, age 0 through 6th grade, are invited to walk the pink carpet into a Barbie dance party! Wear your favorite Barbie® outfit, fancy dress, or your favorite blue jeans, enjoy music provided by DJ Brett Komlofske, and dance the night away. Photo ops will be available to capture the evening’s memories, and light refreshments will be provided. 

Registration Begins: NOW!
Registration Deadline: January 19
Date: February 3
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: GCPR Gym
Fee: $30.00 per Dad and Daughter pair, ($10.00 for each extra girl in the same household.
Grade: 0-6th Grade

Easter Events

2024 Easter Egg Hunt and PicnicBoy finds Easter Egg

Come see what the Easter Bunny has left for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! Thousands of eggs will be hidden, all filled with candy and special prizes. We will also have various items up for raffle as well as a drawing for all kids participating! Purchase raffle tickets for $1 at the time of registration or at the event!

Date: March 30
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Deane Wiley Park and Softball Fields
Fee: $3
Lunch provided - hot dogs, chips and drink

2024 Adult Easter Egg Hunt 

At GCPR, we believe the fun of an Easter egg hunt shouldn't be limited to the kiddos.  For the first time, we are offering an adult Easter egg hunt where parents will have a chance to search for fun prizes from local businesses! Plus there will be plenty of gift baskets that will be raffled off and a silent auction!

Date: March 
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Peebles Complex
Fee: $10
Raffle Tickets: $1 

Pictures with the Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny holding an infant

The Easter Bunny is coming to the Garden City Recreation Center.  Our photographer will be available take photos of the kiddos with the Easter Bunny.

Dates & Times: March 28th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm & March 29th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm                                       
Location: GCPR Studio 
Fee: $10 per picture

Summer Nights with GCPR

Stevens Park Concert SeriesThe Tidwells preforming during our Stevens Park Concert Series

Bring your lawn chairs or blanket, and pack your picnic and Frisbee! The City of Garden City and GCPR sponsor a variety of different musical acts throughout the summer on Saturday evenings. This year’s concerts will take place right before the Silver Screen Saturday Night Movies. In case of inclement weather, call 620-276-1202 for details.

Days: Saturdays
Location: Steven's Park
Time: 6:30 - 8:15 pm
Fee: Free

Silver Screen Saturday NightsA Family getting ready to sing along to Encanto!

The Garden City Parks and Recreation is excited to announce our 12th Annual Silver Screen Saturday Nights. Through the generous support of area businesses, GCPR is able to bring Hollywood to Main Street. Grab a blanket or a chair and pack a snack. In case of inclement weather, call 620-276-1202 for details. Movies canceled due to weather will be rescheduled for the end of summer, if possible. Movie titles to be announced; all movie titles are subject to change.

Days: Saturdays
Location: Steven's Park
Time: Dusk (9:15-9:30)
Fee: Free

Schedule of Summer Park Events  

June 17 Melissa DawnTBD
July 15Russ & Debbie TidwellTom & Jerry
August 5n/aEncanto

Winter With GCPR

2023 Basketball Turkey Shoot

Team up with your child and shoot baskets to win a Thanksgiving Turkey!  This event will match a parent and child together.  Parents may enter with more than one child, but may only win one turkey per family.                

Registration Deadline: November 13th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: GCPR Gym
Fee: $5 per team
Turkey Shoot Date: November 14th

Pictures and Cookies with SantaCookies for Santa

Want to take your picture with Santa?  He is coming to visit the Garden City Parks and Recreation Center!! Come on down, talk to Santa, and get your picture taken with him in our studio!  There will be milk, cookies, and coloring sheets available for kids before or after meeting Santa!

Date: December 3rd
Location: GCPR Studio 2
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fee: $10 per picture

Letters to Santa

Want to write a letter to Santa Claus?  We will be offering a special mailbox where kids can drop off a letter to Santa Claus! We will ship these letters to the North Pole for Santa to read and write back!  In order to receive a letter back, you must supply a stamped return envelope for Santa to write back!

Mailbox opens: November 14
Mailbox closes: December 12

Snow Sculpture Contest

Garden City Parks and Recreation is looking for the best snow sculptures in town! To enter, take a photo of your sculpture and mail it to the GCPR or email it to Robert.fossum@gardencityks.us  Include the name of the participant(s), address, and phone number. Prizes will be awarded to the Most Creative Sculpture and The Biggest Sculpture. Winners will be announced the first week of April!

Entries will be accepted between First Snow & Late March

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