Patch Guide to Youth Appreciation Week
A look at the events for the 17th annual festival.
This week is the 17th annual Youth Appreciation Week and this year’s festival has a little of something for everyone.
The theme this year is "Livingston Kids Got Grit." Grit is determination, conviction, perseverance, attitude, common sense and strength of character. Livingston kids have it and Healthy Youth, Healthy Community of Livingston, which sponsors the event, is celebrating the town’s youth with dozens of free activities, events and festivals.
Below you can also find a complete schedule of the fun-filled events of Youth Appreciation Week, from May 21 to May 28.
Youth Appreciation Week Events - May 21-28
- May 21-23 from 3-4:30 p.m. - Intergenerational Events, “Adopt a Grandparent,” at Cedar Street, Care One and Inglemore.
- May 22 from 4-9 p.m. YMCA’s International Celebration invites youth and families to share in Livingston’s diverse cultures for the large annual festival in front of the YMCA.
- May 23 from 6-8 p.m. The Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities (LACD) and Include ME Mentors will hold a program at Harrison School for children and teens with special needs.
- May 24 from 7-8 p.m. “It’s the Wolf” presentation of Tuckers Tales puppet theater at the Livingston Public Library.
- May 25 from 3-10 p.m. The third annual Livingston Love-In Music Festival will be held at the Livingston Town Center, the largest annual music festival in town, with 18 bands and an early children’s musical act from 3-5 p.m.
- May 25 from 6-9 p.m. The Department of Senior, Youth and Leisure Services (SYLS) is holding a “Parents Night Out,” in which local participating restaurants offer Youth Appreciation discounts to parents, and the SYLS offers a free, supervised mini-camp, including entertainment and healthy snacks for their children ages four to 12-years-old at the Community Center. Pre-registration is required for the mini-camp.
- May 26 from 9-11 a.m. “Stuff the Bus” and bring a canned food item, to benefit the local Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) A yellow LPS school bus will be on site for canned food stuffing.
- May 26 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Come out for Family Festival Day with old favorites, such as the petting zoo, pony rides, crafts and chalk walk, and the World’s Largest Robotics Junior FIRST LEGO League Outdoor Expo, and new activities such as Go Karts, varied Inflatables and more activities for teens, and a bike rodeo from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Emily Nevola, working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award, is also seeking sports equipment donations to benefit the township LACD at drop-off donations tables Refreshments available. Stay for “Movie Under the Stars,” Puss in Boots which begins at dusk.
- May 27 and 28: Take a tour and learn about the inner workings of a circus (registration required). Don’t miss out on the Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade.