Philly Playstreets offers kids outdoor fun and free meals all summer

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's city summer camps ended last week but there are still plenty of places for kids to get free lunch and outdoor play time. More than 400 Playstreets stay open through the end of August. 

Eugene Sizer retired from his job 16 years ago, but afterwards he got even more busy in his community. He blocks off his part of Darien Street every weekday morning in the summer and sets up a play and picnic area on an empty lot at the corner. 

"Every year, we have this here because there's a lot of kids in the neighborhood that need this. When the kids get out of school and you have a lot of kids, you got to find some kind of way to feed them so we're glad to do this," Sizer said. 

Maria brings her 4-year-old son and 2-year-old niece for lunch.

"I bring them here because I feel as though this is a beautiful thing that the community is doing," she said.

After lunch, they play with hula hoops and toys the city provides and Sizer's rocking horse collection.

"I have a stable here... the kids love it," Sizer said. 

He also talked his friend "Munch" and brother Robert Sizer into helping out.

He says about 50 kids a day come to eat and play.

Snacks are served between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m, and Maria and family come back for that.

"They do really enjoy it. They do really enjoy every bit of it," she said.