On Saturday, September 15, this year’s circus-themed event features two shows by the amazing acrobats of the nationally renowned Zany Umbrella Circus. At 12:30 and 2 p.m., they perform their trapeze tricks, fire juggling and rope walking on the Fun Day Green.
Many other hands-on activities are part of this annual educational festival and fun-filled celebration of learning. From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., family and children of all ages are invited to campus to discover something new.
Another highlight is the SU Chemistry Department’s annual packed-house “Fire and Ice” demonstration, complete with explosions and ice cream. It’s held 11:30 a.m. in Devilbiss Auditorium.
“We have activities that everyone can enjoy—athletics, science, art and math, to name a few,” said Derek Tennant, Fun Day coordinator.
Most festival activities are on the Fun Day Green—the expanse of lawn between the Rt. 13 parking lot and Henson Science Hall. There will be an inflatable moon bounce and obstacle course, arts and crafts such as the Ward Museum’s duck carving with child-safe tools, games, free prizes, carnival snacks, a chance to be photographed with SU’s Sammy the Sea Gull, and much more!
A hayride provides tours of the campus, stopping at Fulton Hall where families may enjoy more crafts, exhibits and demonstrations like glass-blowing. Children are encouraged to bring sneakers to play with the “big kids” during sports clinics, or a bathing suit to take a dip in SU’s pool.
During Fun Day, SU students, faculty and staff demonstrate some of their unique talents, from using geographic information systems to take aerial photographs to playing in the Watershed Blues Band, one of this year’s many live music performances.
But more importantly, the festival offers an interactive environment where children may experience things they have never tried before. “It’s our hope that Fun Day sparks kids’ interests, and that one day they pursue a career as a nurse, a veterinarian or a teacher because of something they saw or learned at SU,” Tennant said.
Many campus departments and student groups are involved, including the Student Organization for Activities Planning (SOAP) with wax hand creation. Or get behind the scenes at SU’s television production studio and the Public Radio Delmarva stations.
Coming to campus from the community are organizations including the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office and its K-9 unit and the Salisbury Zoo with live animals for youngsters and the brave-of-heart of all ages. Delmarva Broadcasting also returns to provide treats and tunes with its free ice cream truck.
All Fun Day activities are free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6324 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu/funday.