Kids’ Day planned April 24 |

Kids’ Day planned April 24

April is Child Abuse Prevention month, last week was Week of the Young Child, and Saturday the Tahoe Truckee Child Abuse Prevention Council will put on the 10th annual Kids’ Day.

Kids’ Day is an extensive family resource fair where local community service organizations will host interactive booths – some with crafts, fun activities for kids and parents to do, others with parenting and child care information for parents. Basically, the fair will have “anything of interest for parents of children age 0 to 10,” said Sierra Nevada Children’s Services Truckee branch manager, Ruth Hall.

“Kids’ Day will be a focus on kids and what we have available for families,” she said.

The event usually draws over 1,000 participants, said Hall. Every year Kids’ Day alternates between the North Shore and Truckee. This year is Truckee’s year and the fair will take place at Sierra Mountain Middle School.

A variety of public and private service organizations will be present. Children will have the opportunity to hang out in fire trucks and police cars, and engage in numerous other hands-on, creative and educational activities. There will be refreshments available throughout the day, and the chance to win prizes through a raffle drawing, said Hall.

Tahoe Forest Hospital will hold health screenings and provide children’s health prevention information. Other local organizations that will be setting up booths for the event include the Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum, Truckee Parks and Recreation, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Project MANA, Nevada County and Placer County Health Departments, Head Start, Sierra Nevada Children’s Services, Tahoe Women’s Services, Truckee TGIF Counseling, Tahoe Adaptive Ski School, area preschools and more, said Hall. The Boys and Girls Club will put on a traditional Mexican lunch.

“It takes a while to get through the fair because we have lots to do,” said Hall. “Kids usually leave with a big bag of goodies and fun things to take home.”

The event was started 10 years ago by the Tahoe Truckee Child Abuse Prevention Council and was very successful, said Hall. A few years ago, event organizers made up surveys for parents to fill out, indicating what parents are interested in.

“It is a chance for us to measure how successful Kids’ Day is and to find out what resources parents want and need,” said Hall. “They learn a lot of specific things that day that might be instructive and might benefit their child’s health.”

“The whole event itself shows it feels good to do things as a family. The fair rekindles that desire to do more things as a family. That’s a real big goal for Kids’ Day – family togetherness.”

For information, call 587-5960.

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