by Shannon Miller |

Summer fun and excitement filled the space “Under the Big Tent” at First Baptist Church in Bay Shore on Saturday.

The event gave kids in the community a chance to explore the arts, sports, and free food. A giant rock-climbing wall was the popular attraction for many— bells rang each time someone reached the top. Some kids practiced their cartwheels in the bouncy-house, while others took a shot at trying archery for the first time.

The Great South Bay YMCA and First Baptist Church volunteers curated the event. Together, they offered a full lineup of entertainment, which included energy packed routines by students from 3D Dance Studios in Deer Park, and theatre-musical performances from Lynn Clark and Y Act-Out singers.

The fun didn’t stop there. Children played basketball, jumped double-dutch and painted crafts. Families dined “Under the Big Tent” with food from Dang BBQ in Islip and Mr. Smith’s Seafood and More in Deer Park.

Scroll down for pictures of the fun had by all. Click boxes 2,3,4 and 5 to see them all.