Does anyone even remember what summer was like before all of the pop-up parks took over this city? What did we even do for cheap fun with our children on these slow, hot weekends?
I bring this up now because this weekend, one of the seasonal favorites makes a (long-awaited!) return: As of July 20, the Oval (in front of the PMA) is back, y’all, and there’s going to be lots of good stuff in an EXPANDED version of what we’ve liked in past years — and when we say “expanded”, we mean it both in the sense that it is literally going to offer more room to wander around (they’re closing some of the traffic lanes around the museum) as well as more programming and fun. (In fact, this year, they’re calling it Oval+.)
You can expect a huge mural (done, of course, by Mural Arts, which collaborated with the very cool illustration studio The Heads of State), as well as an 800-square-foot sandbox (read: bring hand wipes), lots of amusements, lots of seating, a misting pavilion, a beer garden, food trucks, and tons of programming — movies, dance parties, Zumba, yoga, kids’ music jams, family-friendly games, DJs, face-painting, bike-riding lessons for teens and grown-ups, and more. (Here’s the full lineup of everything that’s happening.) Yay, summer!
Photo credit: AYee for the Fairmount Park Conservancy