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Day for Kids seeks participants, sponsors

Family event set for Sept. 25

Posted: August 19, 2010 2:39 p.m.
Updated: August 19, 2010 2:39 p.m.

A young girl and her family show off the bike she won through the free raffle at the 2009 Day for Kids, sponsored by the City and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

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Have a product, service or organization you'd like to showcase to thousands of people - namely families - in Santa Clarita?

If so, the city of Santa Clarita and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley would like you to consider participating in the fifth annual Day for Kids, to be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

 Day for Kids is a major annual family event that attracts approximately 6,000 to Newhall Park, located at 24923 Newhall Ave. (between Hart High School and Placerita Junior High). All activities are free - including entertainment, games, food, carnival rides and a raffle. 

"This event highlights the value of meaningful time between caring adults and children," said Jim Ventress, chief professional officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley. "It's a wonderful opportunity for adults to enjoy a local outing with their children absolutely free." 

Businesses, churches, and other charities participate in the event by operating a free activity or game in their booth for kids.

Previous participants have offered video games, outdoor laser tag, magic performances, arts and crafts, a bean bag toss, pony rides, celebrity autographs, a money guessing game, puppet shows, crazy hat photos, cheer and dance lessons, a rubber duck game, table games, a car track, face painting, and child identification kits. 

Food vendors are also sought. Day for Kids usually offers attendees hot dogs, apple slices, slushies, popcorn, cotton candy and drinks. 

Event sponsors are also needed. Currently, the 2010 silver sponsors are Coca Cola, Castaic Lake Water Agency, Crossroads Community Church, Gamers Paradise, McDonald's, Mountasia Family Fun Center, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Westfield Valencia Town Center.

The Signal, KHTS-AM, The Magazine of Santa Clarita, KHTS-AM, and Radio Disney are media sponsors. 

"Day for Kids is about interactivity and giving the kids something fun to do," said Pat Downing, arts and events supervisor for the city of Santa Clarita. "Participants really need to put time, thought and energy into creating a fun activity for the kids." 

Anyone interested in providing a booth at the venue, offering sponsorship for the printing of the flyers and brochures, supplying hot dogs or drinks, or volunteering at the event should contact Ventress at (661) 254-2582. 

The Santa Clarita Day for Kids is considered one of the top Day for Kids events across the country. An estimated 1,500 Day for Kids events are planned nationwide.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley is a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, an organization with more than 4,000 clubs nationwide. The local club was formed by a group of community leaders who recognized the need for high-quality programs and facilities at affordable costs for area young people. The club now serves more than 2,700 youth, ages 7-17, at facilities in Newhall, Canyon Country and Val Verde. Programs engage members in education and career exploration, the arts, sports, recreation and fitness, character and leadership development, and healthy life choices.

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