Saturday’s a day just for area kids

first_imgNEWHALL – The city’s first Day For Kids will be held Saturday at Newhall Park, a free carnival sponsored by the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club. There will be more than 50 games and crafts booths at the event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m. The park is at 24932 Newhall Ave. Raffles are planned with prizes including a laptop computer, X-Boxes, Game Boys, bicycles with helmets and DVD players. Blockbuster has donated 2,000 $5 gift cards and HomeTown Buffet has donated 2,000 free meal passes for giveaways. Mountasia Family Fun Center contributed $1,000 worth of family four-packs to encourage family play days. Many other countries have official days to celebrate their children, but America doesn’t, said Jim Ventress, the club’s chief professional officer. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America organization, along with the support of other leading youth-serving organizations, is working to change that by establishing the third Saturday in September each year as Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids. For information, call Ventress at (661) 254-2582 or Zaldua at (661) 286-4079.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsCreated as a day to foster relationships between adults and children, the mission is to establish a day to celebrate and honor American children through the gift of meaningful time. Research shows that when adults spend such time with kids, it helps them develop a positive self-image and a sense of belonging, usefulness and purpose. “The event is a collaborative effort with the city of Santa Clarita, 20 local community sponsors, and 50 local youth services organizations,” Ventress said. “While there will be a lot to do and a lot of free gifts and prizes, the day is truly meant to encourage families to spend time with their kids without spending money on them, giving them the gift of time. “There is a Mother’s Day, a Father’s Day, and even Groundhog Day,” said Janet Zaldua, an arts and events coordinator for the city. “Day For Kids will promote relationship-building activities that create positive and memorable experiences for children.” Fifty community groups have come together to host carnival booths. The old and new will be offered – a Ferris wheel, trackless train, hockey shootouts, water slides, an old-fashioned goldfish ping pong toss, rock wall climbing, karaoke and a laser tag maze. In addition to the carnival portion of the event, Ventress is encouraging parents to stop by the Boys & Girls Club and take the Day For Kids pledge: “We pledge to spend meaningful time together to talk, to listen, to learn, to play, to share a moment, create a memory and make a kid’s day.” last_img

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