MERIDEN — The United Rhythms Dance and Entertainment Studio and the Meriden Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to bring children a free night full of dancing, pizza, popcorn, juice and a kid-friendly movie in February.
On Feb. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. children can come to the studio at 30 Powers Drive for a hip-hop class demonstration and movie. Those interested in attending can pick the movie via a poll on the United Rhythms’ Facebook Page. Currently the two movies in the running are “Abominable” and “Toy Story 4.”
The movie night event will start off with a sample hip-hop class that will be taught by United Rhythms’ instructors, including Fernando and Moskow Alers, the studio owners. The participants will be split up according to age.
“All ages (are welcome at the event),” Moskow Alers said. “ But I would say primarily probably five to maybe 14 or so.”
After the hip hop class, the children will enjoy some pizza and juice from about 6 to 6:30 p.m. before they relax with popcorn and watch the movie.
“We’re partnering with the studio for a free community event,” said Kathy Matula, recreation coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department. “United Studios is donating its beautiful space. We are supplying the pizza and drinks. Target is donating its popcorn.”
During the summer months, the Parks & Recreation Department is able to host free events in parks, but during the winter partners with local businesses to continue offering events for families.
Families are asked to RSVP to the movie night by calling United Rhythms. This event has a capacity for 100 participants, according to Matula.