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Downtown Discoveries Children’s Passport Program Begins June 12

Diamond City Partnership Is Launching a Free Summer Scavenger Hunt

The Diamond City Partnership (DCP) is kicking off a new children’s program to promote outdoor fun, literacy and reading, kindness and anti-bullying. The Downtown Discoveries Children’s Passport Program will lead kids on a scavenger hunt through the city and give them the chance to win prizes.

This free program kicks off on June 12 and continues through July 24, just in time for summer vacation. Children ages 12 and under can participate. Just pick up a passport from the Osterhout Free Library, the Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA or the Luzerne County Visitors Bureau. Passports will also be distributed in local elementary schools, daycare centers and summer camps. Digital copies are available to download and print as well.

Once you have your passport, it’s time to start exploring! Kids can check off the boxes as they visit local landmarks, from the famous Mr. Peanut statue to the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department. Children can also show their passports at participating businesses to earn small prizes.

“We hope that families will come Downtown to participate in the passport program and get reacquainted with some of Downtown’s wonderful amenities like the Sordoni Art Gallery, Marquis Art and Frame, Downtown restaurants and landmarks like the petroglyphs on Public Square,” said Medina Saeed of DCP.

To complete the passport, children will have to visit at least five locations, read the storybook on the windows of Barnes & Noble to solve a riddle and complete six activities at the Fitness Corner at Midtown Village. Kids can turn in their passports at the Osterhout Free Library through July 24 to receive a free goody bag and be entered in a raffle.

The program will end with a special Downtown Discoveries event on July 24 in Midtown Village. DCP will host children’s activities, music, free treats, character visits and a raffle drawing.

“The pandemic has changed the dynamic of our Downtown, and now more than ever, we need to create opportunities for people of all ages to come back to our center city and enjoy all that Downtown has to offer,” said Saeed.

DCP is partnering with the Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA and the Osterhout Free Library for this free program. The program is presented by Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, along with support from M&T Bank, Times Leader Media Group, Building Blocks Learning Centers, Navient, FNCB Bank and DiscoverNEPA, who are making this event possible.

The project was funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant and the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant.

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