LEON Festival to offer free fun, information to keep summer safe for kids

— An afternoon and evening of fun and fireworks, featuring a performance by the national singing sensation Kidz Bop, will highlight the LEON Festival to take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at Onondaga Lake Park. Admission to the event is free. The event celebrates the halfway mark to the winter holidays and the start of summer.

In addition to Kidz Bop and the fireworks, other featured activities include laser tag, magicians and face painters, bounce houses, a family dance party, photo booth, crafts and a special array of big trucks, featuring area emergency vehicles and a Mercy Flight Helicopter.

Along with the free fun, families will have an opportunity to speak with physicians, nurses and other experts from Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital to learn ways to ensure families have a safe summer. Representatives from Upstate’s pediatric trauma service, emergency department, ear, nose and throat, Golisano After Hours, Safe Kids Upstate New York, Upstate Orthopedics, Joslin Diabetes Center and the Fitness Inclusion Center, among others, will all be on hand with free health information.

Free parking is available at Destiny USA at Solar Street Auxiliary Parking, with free shuttles running throughout the event.

The event is presented by Upstate University Hospital and the Syracuse Area Honda Dealers.

For more information, go to leonfestival.com

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