Family Recreation Programs and Special Events

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B-I-N-G-O Nights at Lowe Park


Bingo Night

Join us at the Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center for nights of fun, socializing, and a chance to win some cash! Games of BINGO will be played for $.25 per card, per game. Cash prizes are paid to the winner of each game. There will also be a few bonus games with increased payouts. The night will conclude with a winner take-all game of blackout. Participants are welcome to bring food and drinks to enjoy while they play. Doors will open at 6 p.m.  Seats and cards are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis.
Fee: FREE to attend, but cards are $0.25 per card, per game

Dates: Friday, July 26; Saturday, Sept. 28; Friday, Nov. 15

Time(s): 6:30–8:30 p.m. (excluding Swamp Fox date)
Location: Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center
Registration Deadline: No registration required, but seats and cards are limited and are first come, first serve.

NEW! Pound in the Park


"POUND" is one of the hottest and most effective exercise classes out there. Best of all, it is being offered for FREE! What do you have to lose? With plenty of class options you won't have a reason to not come give it a try!
Designed for all fitness levels, "POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities.
Channel your inner rockstar with this full body cardio-jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing, and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out.
For a fun twist, join us for the special Pound in the Park After Dark dates with disco and DJ style lights. You'll really feel like a rockstar during your workout and maybe even feel that little extra adrenaline boost.
Recreation Office • 447–3590

Pound in the Park (outdoor)

Thursdays:  7/11, 7/18, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22
6-7 p.m. Lowe Park

Pound After Dark (outdoor)

Fridays 6/28, 7/26, 8/30
8-9 p.m. Lowe Park

REGISTRATION FEE: FREE (free-will offering for instructors is appreciated)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: No registration required
NOTES: Ripstix are provided for the classes.
Participants should bring water and a towel.  In the event of inclement weather, outdoor class will be canceled.

NEW! Charter Trips with Marion


Hop aboard a luxury motor-coach and leave the driving and parking to us while you travel in comfort to a variety of mid-west destinations. All fees include bus fare and your ticket into the event.

DEADLINE: Tickets available until sold out
NOTES: All fees include bus fare and admission or tickets to event.
Detailed itinerary will be sent about a week before each trip.
There is no refund for canceled seats.
All trips are aboard a luxury motor-coach equipped with a restroom.
Guests are welcome to bring food and drink on the bus.

Trip 2: A Day In Des Moines (I-Cubs & State Fair)

Spend the day in the Hawkeye State's capital and get a little taste of some summer favorites...Iowa Cubs baseball and the Iowa State Fair! Take in a noon game as the Iowa Cubs battle the Salt Lake Bees at Principal Park.  Your fee includes reserved grandstand seating during the game. After the game, zip on over to the state fair grounds to get of taste of what the Iowa State Fair has to offer. Don't miss the famous butter cow or your chance to try something tasty on a stick. There is sure to be something the catches your attention at the Iowa State Fair.

A Day In Des Moines Tues 8/13 8:30 a.m. / 10:30 p.m.  depart/return from Lowe $55   Registration Form

Trip 3: Gays Mills Orchards (Seniors)

Gays Mills Orchards  (Seniors 55+) Thur 10/3 9 a.m. / 7:30 p.m.  depart/return from Lowe $55   Registration Form

Trip 4: The NFL Experience (game announced spring 2019)

Spend an afternoon at one of the mid-west's best stadiums to watch a couple of NFL giants battle on the gridiron. Possible destinations include Soldier Field (Chicago), Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City), or US Bank Stadium (Minneapolis). Information will be released in the spring of 2019 as NFL schedules are finalized and released to the public.

NFL Experience Sun TBD  Watch for more information spring 2019 depart/return from Lowe TBD

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City of Marion Day at the Ballpark


What is better than a summer day at the ballpark? The answer...a discounted summer day at the ballpark! Join other Marion residents and help pack the ballpark for City of Marion Day with the Kernels as they battle the Clinton LumberKings. Kids 12 and under eat free that day, and are given a voucher at the main gate for a hot dog, popcorn, and a drink.  Additionally, kids can run the bases, play catch in the outfield, and get autographs from the Kernels players after the game.

Kernels Tickets Sun 7/28 2:05 p.m. Veterans Memorial Stadium    TICKET FEE: $8 club seats (section-TBA)
DEADLINE: Purchase tickets by 7/27 to receive promotional discount NOTES: Tickets on sale beginning mid-March.
Purchase discounted tickets in person at the Kernels box office or by calling 896-7560. Just mention "City of Marion" to receive discount.
Gates open at 1 p.m.

Friends of the Parks Scavenger Hunt

OPEN TO ALL AGES  June 1-August 9

Visit four (4) Marion Parks and identify the items on the scavenger hunt sheets. Cross off each item as you find them. Turn in your completed forms and any photos/selfies of your family completing the scavenger hunt at the Parks Office in Lowe Park. Scavenger Hunt forms can be picked up at the Lowe Park Office, City Hall or printed from the Marion Parks website beginning June 1. Prizes awarded when forms are turned in. Forms must be turned in on or before August 9 to receive prizes.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Completed forms due by 8/9
NOTES: Completed forms should be turned in at Lowe Park.


NEW! Happening at Hanna (park)!
Saturday, August 8,  1-4 p.m.
Hanna Park

The Friends of the Marion Parks will be showcasing Hanna Park this summer. Besides the many amenities this beautiful 15 acre park has to offer, activities are planned to involve all ages including: rock painting, table games, both an alphabet and pictorial scavenger hunt, soap bubble blowing, and bag toss game. Join the fun and enjoy the playground equipment and sandbox area. Hanna Park has an accessible play area for children, including a ramp for wheelchairs.

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