What’s that?  What’s going on? If you hear laughter and talking and see children, teens and families with smiles on their faces hanging around a tent, a Pop-Up Park may have arrived in your neighborhood!

Four Pop-Up Parks, each with a different theme, will pop up this summer.

Pop-Up Library

This outdoor library is for readers and writers from toddlers to older teens. Browse through the books and take one home. It’s yours. If you have children’s or young adult books that you are through reading, feel free to donate them to the Pop-Up Library.

The Pop-Up Library is part of an AmeriCorps VISTA and MPRB effort staffed by Teen Teamworks teens to promote reading and advance literacy for children. Staff will assist children with their book selections, and reading stories.

Additional activities include art projects, games, interactive storytelling and spoken word poetry. The Pop-Up Library will begin popping up at parks in May.

Pop-Up Park

Music, sports, games, crafts and excitement fill the tent offering teens safe and engaging activities during long summer days. Fun, caring, energetic and positive adult staff make sure the teens are welcomed and connected to all that is available for them in their neighborhood and at nearby recreation centers.

This tent is a partnership between the MPRB and the City of Minneapolis’ Blueprint for Youth Violence Prevention, an initiative of the Minneapolis Public Health Department.

Pop-Up Park is part of a violence prevention effort to connect teens to community resources and engage them in fun and safe activities. The Pop-Up Park will pop-up in neighborhoods six days a week typically from 4-9 pm, or during designated times for festivals and events. The Pop-Up Park will be available for eight weeks of summer.

Youth ages 12 to 17 are encouraged to join in the fun of activities or just hang out with friends.

Pop-Up Bicycle Shop

Wheels spin and spokes sparkle as children and teens learn basic bicycle repair and maintenance, explore the city by bike, and decorate bikes for parades and events. Experienced and new cyclists are welcome to share or gain skills and enjoy cycling among friends.

The Pop-up Bicycle Shop will pop up at parks throughout the city weekly, both at special events and on ordinary summer evenings. We’ll have a full schedule of Pop-up Bicycle Shop events available by May 1.

Pop-Up Family

Nostalgic for all that was easy and fun in days gone by? Watch for the Pop-Up Family tent to bring sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, beads, string, jump ropes, coloring books, crayons, table games, horse shoes, and good old-fashioned fun to your neighborhood.

The tent will pop-up at festivals and events, and at neighborhood parks for eight weeks of summer.

Call Sherenia Gibbs at 612-230-6496 for details.