Gardens taken for picnics, lawns transformed into paddleball courts, boulevards converted into racetrack and bicycle race tracks. Those who did not schedule a visit to the parks and were a little orphaned by the clubs, which face restrictions for Children’s Day programs in Belo Horizonte, decided to invade the city squares this Monday (12).
Those with large areas, such as that of the Pope and that of Liberdade, received many families and children. The movement was also great in the smaller spaces of the neighborhoods. He was very boy and girl with strollers, scooters, skateboards and other crazy new toys to debut and also to see his friends in one of the few reliefs of social isolation, due to the new coronavirus pandemic, allowed by the date.
At Praça da Liberdade, in Lourdes, in the Center-South Region, all spaces were taken over by the little ones and their freshly unpacked toys. The curves leading to the fountains and statues were used as a racing circuit. I didn’t need to meet the other driver, I just needed a bike or scooter to join the race. From the white seats, parents with younger children on wheeled bikes trained future riders on their first rides.
Civil engineers Luís Guilherme Duarte and Maíra Soares, both 36, opened a towel in the garden and started a fresco soccer tournament with their son Marcos Duarte, 5 years old. The soft grass allowed the boy to jump and hit the balls thrown by his father without the worry of falling.
“We wanted to go to the Municipal Park, but we didn’t schedule it. So we came to Praça da Liberdade, which is being very nice. The day is cool. The children took over the place and it is very good after the isolation to have that contact more than close with people. We’re going to have our snack here and next week we’ll plan more squares and parks “, said Maíra.
At Praça do Papa, in the Mangabeiras neighborhood, also in the Center-South region, both the part of the square and the lawns were occupied by families. But the concentration of the little ones really happened in the playground. There were so many boys and girls that the ramps, stairs, slides and even the pilasters had jams of children coming and going without stopping. They wore masks, but at that point it was impossible.
“The children were getting anxious. Nervous, withdrawn inside the house. On Children’s Day they deserve to run for a while, see other children and play. But with responsibility. In masks. Cleaning their hands with gel alcohol all the time. We tries to adapt to the new times “, said the nurse Evandro Costa, 38, father of three children completely integrated to the noise of the playground.