The Randolph County America's Promise Coalition and Family Resource Network will host the 10th annual National Kids Day Event from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at Elkins City Park.
The organizations will join with thousands of others in a National Kids Day Celebration. The purpose of the celebration is to provide the opportunity for every parent and grandparent to take a break from the daily pressures of life to celebrate and renew their commitment to their children. Current research shows parents would like to spend more meaningful time with their children, however most feel the general pressures of work, commitments and other activities do not allow them the time to do so.
The Elkins event will feature free activities designed for the entire family. The afternoon's activities will include carnival games, a fire truck and race cars, old-fashioned games, door prizes, free giveaways and much more. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Children of all ages can enjoy sack races, bean bag tosses and face painting, along with other activities including an inflatable bounce house, ball toss, duck pond and more.
"Each year we try and add new games or activities. This year Party Zone will be bringing several cartoon characters to visit with the children throughout the day," said Rebecca Vance, director of the Randolph County Family Resource Network.
She said the Internet Crimes against Children Unit will be on hand as well. The Federal Bureau of Investigation will complete photo ID cards and fingerprinting for children throughout the day. Concessions will be sold by the Randolph Tucker Children's Advocacy Center in the large pavilion beginning at noon.
If you go
What:?10th annual National Kids Day Event
When: Noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 5
Where: Elkins City Park
This year's special event will be an egg drop sponsored by the Randolph County National Youth Leadership Team. "Don't Crack under the Pressure of Drugs" will be the theme for the event. Rules for the egg drop are: All containers will be inspected by a judge, and one Grade A large egg will be provided courtesy of Kroger. Once the egg is in the structure, it cannot be exchanged. If it is broken during the placement, the participant will be considered disqualified. The following items are illegal to use for making of a container; pre-constructed container (containers must be homemade not purchased), peanut butter, Jello, liquids, etc., anything that will splatter, fruits or vegetables (popcorn is OK), powdered soap, flammable substances of any kind, glass, aerodynamic or restraining devices, strings, balloons, parachutes etc., and any substance that may cause harm to a person or park property.
The egg drop will begin at 1 p.m. Participants can sign up at the fire truck in the city park the day of the event. Participants are playing for a family fun pack of tickets to their choice to Kennywood; Sandcastle Waterpark; or Idlewild and SoakZone.
The America's Promise Coalition and the Family Resource Network invite everyone to attend this year's National Kids Day Event. All activities are open and free for children of all ages.
This event is sponsored, in part by funding through the Department of Health and Human Resources, Team for WV Children and area businesses/agencies.
More information is available by calling the FRN office at 304-636-4454.