Family Fun

Summer Family Fun Days

Movies in the Park

An annual tradition each Summer, Movies in the Park offer a family oriented night of fun and movies.  Be sure to bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy an evening with family and friends every 3rd Friday of the month all summer long! Food Trucks and concessions will be available for purchase.  Activities begin at 7PM. Movie begins at sundown.

2024 Movies in the Park Schedule
May 17, 2024Raya and the Last Dragon
June 21, 2024Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
July 19, 2024DC League of Superpets
August 16, 2024Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
September 20, 2024Encanto

Arts in the Park

Come join us in a relaxed, creative and natural setting at one of our City parks. let us get a brush in your hand! Whether you are a novice or experienced painter, a great time is sure to be had by all.

June 7, 20245:30PM - 7PMCanvas PaintingCommons Amphitheater
July 12, 20245:30PM - 7PMFlower Pot PaintingCommons Amphitheater
August 2, 20245:30PM - 7PMCeramic Animal PaintingRiverwalk Park
August 9, 20246:30PM - 9PMDisney Under the Stars PerformanceCommons Amphitheater
September 6, 20245:30PM - 7PMCanvas PaintingWooten Park

Family Park Days

Come out and enjoy our free family oriented Park Days during the months of June to September.  Each month is a different activity located at one of our beautiful parks. 2024 Session TBA

June 1, 20249AM - 12PMFishing DerbyHines Farm Park & Stables
July 16, 20244:30PM - MidnightDurham Bull BaseballDurham, NC leaving from Jacksonville Commons
August 31, 202410AM-12PMFamily Splash DayNortheast Creek Park Splash Pad
September 28, 202410AM-12PMPunt, Pass, KickTBD

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Grab your flashlight and basket and join us at Northeast Creek Park Disc Golf Course to search for eggs in the dark! An adult must accompany children in the park. Event will be rain or shine.

  • Where: Northeast Creek Park Disc Golf course
  • Time: 7-9:30 PM
  • Date: March 22, 2024
  • Ages: 7-12

Inclusive Egg Hunt

Join us for an all-inclusive Egg Hunt, accommodating those with special needs. Event will begin with Easter crafts and a very special visitor.  Eggceptional eggs include eggs with magnetic eggs, and eggs on elevated surfaces. Hunt begins at 2 PM.

  • Where: Jacksonville Commons Youth Fields
  • Time: 2-3 PM
  • Date: March 23, 2024
  • Ages: All Ages

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Join us for an Eggstravaganza! Event will begin with fun carnival games and a very special visitor. Egg Hunts will start at 12 PM. Children will be divided by age groups (1-2, 3-4, 5-6).

  • Where: Jacksonville Commons Youth Fields
  • Time: 11-1 PM
  • Date: March 23, 2024
  • Ages: 0-6

TACO (Take a Child Outside) Week

Pop Up In the Park

Join us during TACO Week at Wilson Bay Park for various crafts. This event is a free community gathering that aims to encourage families to get outside together, enjoy free play, and explore the nature we have right here in our City.  We'll have a range of crafts for everyone, including decorating and flying kites, making Paper Daffodil Pinwheels, and painting the Earth Sun Globe Catchers.

  • Where: Wilson Bay Park
  • Time: 5PM to 7PM
  • Date: September 25, 2023
  • Ages: 0-100

Kids Disc Golf

Is your child interested in playing disc golf? Bring them out to the park and join Jacksonville Recreation & Parks during TACO week (Take a Child Outside) for a free round of disc golf at Northeast Creek Park on Wednesday, September 27 starting at 5:00 PM. The Onslow Flying Disc Association will be on site to offer tips and help beginners get started. We will have discs available at the information tent to check out and use on the course if you do not have your own. Get your kid(s) off their tablets and video games and take them outside to enjoy a fun round of disc golf with us. 

  • Where: Northeast Creek Park
  • Time: 5PM to 7PM
  • Date: September 27, 2023
  • Ages: 5 - 17

Kids Kayak Paddle

Get your kid(s) out of the house and out on the water for a FREE kayak paddle down the New River with Jacksonville Recreation & Parks for TACO (Take a Child Outside) week. Our friends over at Pogie’s Fishing & Kayak Center will be providing tandem kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets for you and your child as we guide you through from Oakhurst Landing to the Riverwalk Marina. We will be transporting participants from Riverwalk Marina to Oakhurst Landing by bus. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for check-in, instructional briefing, and required paperwork. Registration is required and  will be for 1 tandem kayak (one adult, one child). Each child must be accompanied by an adult on all kayaks. 

  • Where: Riverwalk Marina
  • Time: 5PM to 7PM
  • Date: September 29, 2023
  • Ages: 2 - 55