29th Annual Fair

Sunday, May 6, 2012; 10 am – 4 pm

The Hippo Playground, 91st Street in Riverside Park

An Upper West Side institution, The Hippo Playground Spring Fair attracts hundreds of families with young children every year. The Fair features pony rides, bouncy castles, petting zoo, games, prizes, food, entertainment and more. Entry is free and Tickets are still only 50cents each.

For 29 years, the Spring Fair has been the primary fundraiser to support The Hippo Playground Project. All monies raised at the Fair go directly to maintaining the Hippo Playground and providing free activities for the Hippo Playground community. The popularity of the playground is a testament to the amazing care and concern the neighborhood has for one of its treasures.

This year we are raising money to fund free activities (Art in the Park, our Free Summer Concert Series, the subsidized Fall Classes and the Halloween Parade, etc.) improve plantings in and around the playground, and help keep the playground clean and properly maintained during the busy spring and summer months.
How Can You Help?

Volunteer — The success of the Fair depends on the hundreds of volunteers who give their time so generously. It is fun and a great way to give back to the playground. Pass out hot dogs, guide children through the maze or petting zoo. The shifts are only 3¼ hours long.
Baked Goods — please consider donating unfrosted cupcakes for our cupcake decorating table. The kids love it, you can make it right from a box, and we need approximately 60 dozen. This is a great way to give back. Email us to let us know you plan to do so and then just drop them off the morning of the Fair.
Community Sponsorships* — With a $100 donation, businesses that cater to families with children, such as tutors, therapists, pre-nursery and nursery programs, activity programs, etc. are welcome to display information about their services on our Community Resource table.
Activity Sponsorships* — With a $600 donation, businesses that cater to families with children, as described above, can sponsor one of our heavily trafficked activities, (e.g. petting zoo, bouncy castle) and a sign with the business’ name will be posted at the activity entry point.
Spread the Word — Tell your friends and neighbors about our beautiful playground and our fabulous Spring Fair. Join our Facebook page to be up-to-date about the latest Hippo Playground Project news and activities.
Donate* — All monies raised by The Hippo Playground Project go directly back into the Hippo playground. Please consider donating to help keep Hippo Playground the best it can be. Give $100 or more to underwrite the Fair and you will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to Riverside Park Fund’s annual benefit, Broadway at the Boat Basin on June 11, 2012.

Please contact us at hippoplayground@riversideparkfund.org if you have any questions/comments.

*All donations are tax deductible, to the extent allowed by law.

**Please note: To ensure safety, no strollers will be allowed in the playground. Stroller parking is allowed on pathways outside the playground.