By Julia Arciga
Marina del Rey will be hopping, dancing, playing and painting its way to fun and discovery Sunday, Oct. 13 during the community’s annual “Discover Marina del Rey” event.
From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., kids are invited to enjoy a myriad of activities and games, the featured events being kayaking in the harbor and pumpkin hunting at the on-site pumpkin patch. Parents are also welcome to enjoy the nearby Marina shore, the fun fair atmosphere, live music, and information booths regarding recreational boating, health, child safety, and environmental awareness and preservation.
Discover Marina del Rey will again be hosting the popular inflatable bounce houses, giant blow-up slides, face-painting, games, rides and an arts and crafts workshop conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. Taking advantage of the surrounding waters will also provide fun, with harbor kayaking in the main channel for those aged 6 and above available thanks to the Department of Beaches and Harbors’ WATER youth group.
While last year’s Coast Guard helicopter event and fishing activity will not be available this year, new events have been added as replacements, including vessel tours of the U.S. Coast Guard Halibut as it returns to its home port in Marina del Rey.
“Guests [will be] invited to tour the ship that will be moored at the docks at Burton Chace Park and meet the commanding officer, Jr. Grade Lt. Ryan Fox, and his crew,” said Carol Baker, Beaches and Harbors spokeswoman.
Live happenings will also be conducted at “Discover,” including the sounds of Venice High School’s choral group, also known as the Allegros, who will be performing at 12:30 p.m. Additionally, Orquesta Charangoa will be playing for the first time at this year’s event from 1 to 3 p.m. The group plays a Cuban/Latin sound that features a flute and violin, Cuban percussion and vocals.
Theater will be making its return to Discover Marina del Rey with the Bob Baker Marionettes taking the stage throughout the day’s celebrations, performing with hand-crafted marionette puppet shows.
A representative for the Bob Baker Marionettes states that, “(We will be performing) an old-school variety show, with a singing chicken, a dancing cat, and a ballerina. It’s (going to be) a very eclectic-type of show.”
Information booths will also be displayed to provide details on a multitude of topics, including child safety. New York Life Insurance will be providing free Child Identification Cards and fun activities to teach parents and kids alike on how to stay safe at home, at play and out in the community.
In addition, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Marina del Rey Station No. 110 will be teaching sidewalk CPR at its information booth.
Food will be available for purchase at the park’s Hornblower Café.
The event is sponsored and mainly supported by the county Department of Beaches and Harbors and county Supervisor Don Knabe’s office.
“It is no secret that the supervisor has always been supportive of increased recreational and visitor-serving events and services in Marina del Rey, as well as making improvements to the Marina’s infrastructure and public spaces when needed,” Baker said.
Discover Marina del Rey attempts to go beyond the usual city carnival and to knit the community together, organizers say.
“Discover Marina del Rey instills a strong sense of community for not only Marina del Rey residents but gives residents of our neighboring communities and other visitors a chance to experience what the Marina has to offer,” Baker said.
Burton Chace Park is at 13650 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey. Event parking will be available for $8 in county lots 77 and 4 located at 13560 and 13500 Mindanao Way. Although the event is free, a $5 all-access wristband is required to participate in certain events, such as the pumpkin patch.