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Laurene Weste: Celebrate Day for Kids with Boys & Girls Club

Live from City Hall

Posted: September 10, 2010 10:20 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Every year, Americans celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and even Groundhog’s Day. The city of Santa Clarita delights in honoring our children by celebrating Day for Kids. Families in Santa Clarita are invited to enjoy a free kid’s carnival, open to the public on Sept. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. at Newhall Park, located at 24907 Newhall Ave.

The city of Santa Clarita and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley partner together to sponsor this annual event, which draws close to 6,000 people. Everything—including food, entertainment, games, activities and a raffle — is free, which is what makes this day so great for families.

Local organizations set up booths with games and activities for kids. In the past, youngsters have enjoyed outdoor laser tag, magic performances, arts and crafts, pony rides, obstacle courses, spinning wheels, bean bag tosses, cheer and dance lessons and table games. Parents have also taken advantage of child ID kits and signing their children up for the raffle, which includes gift certificates, games, toys, backpacks and bicycles. The free food includes hot dogs, slushies, popcorn, cotton candy and drinks.

Day for Kids is about a kid being a kid. Children attending the event will receive free raffle tickets to put toward a prize of their choice, which in past years has included bikes, backpacks, gift cards, toys, arts and crafts, and DVDs. A variety of performers also take the stage to entertain families. 

Sponsors for this exciting event include Coca Cola, Castaic Lake Water Agency, Gamers Paradise, Crossroads Community Church, McDonald’s, Mountasia Family Fun Center, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Westfield Valencia Town Center.  The Magazine of Santa Clarita, KHTS-AM, Radio Disney and The Signal are media sponsors

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. Boys & Girls Clubs of America celebrates the importance of establishing stronger relationships between adults and youth by leading the Boys & Girls Club Day for Kids effort.

The Santa Clarita club was formed by a group of community leaders who recognized the need for high-quality programs and facilities at affordable costs for young people in our community.

The club now serves more than 2,700 youth, ages 7 to 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.

Santa Clarita’s Day for Kids is considered to be one of the top Day for Kids events across the country. An estimated 1,500 Day for Kids events are planned nationwide. Last year, thousands of adults and children attended events nationwide and on U.S. military bases throughout the world. 

Spending meaningful time with children is important, helping them to develop a positive self-image and sense of belonging, usefulness and purpose. Come spend an afternoon with your children and show them just how much you care.

For more information about Day for Kids, call 661-254-2582 or visit santa-clarita.com/dayforkids.

Laurene Weste is the mayor of the city of Santa Clarita and can be reached at lweste@santa-clarita.com. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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