The timing couldn’t have been better for last week’s annual Fire Engine Day at The Park.

As temperatures soared into the 90s, preschoolers cooled off last Thursday, July 18, by running in and out of the spray from firefighters’ hoses. The morning also offered a chance to explore Andover’s fire engines and take a turn in the driver’s seat, plus plenty of fun arts and crafts projects.

The event was part of the Andover Department of Community Services’ summer preschool programs at The Park at Chestnut and Bartlet streets.

Next up is a Teddy Bear Picnic on Thursday, Aug. 1. Youngsters are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal and enjoy the festivities, including arts and crafts, games, a contest for best-dressed bear and a teddy bear parade. Face painting and a scavenger hunt will round out the day.

Andover’s first Luau Day featuring Hawaiian dancing, the limbo, field games and other activities will close out the 2013 preschool summer park events on Thursday, Aug. 8. The event was postponed from July 11 due to rain.

All programs run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Park and are geared to ages 1 through 6. Admission is $5 per child in advance, $7 at the park. Visit or call 978-623-8274 or 978-623-8279 for more information.

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