There will be no shortage of giggles on Saturday, April 30th, when Kids Day in the Park celebrates its 27th Anniversary at Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova.
Presented by the City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, and a host of other sponsors, Kids Day will celebrate Sacramento County as a "Great Place to Grow" with more than 100 free things to do.
The event also marks the Sacramento County kick-off for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.
Admission and all activities are free of charge. Food will be available for purchase.
This year's event takes kids and their parents down on the farm, with plenty of animals to meet, farm chores to try, and more. Crawling through a giant caterpillar, taking a hay ride, scrambling up a hay hill, and taking a trip to Ag-Ventureland where kids will learn to do everything from milk a cow to rope a steer, are all on the to-do list.
Kids Day began over a quarter-century ago and has evolved into a community-wide celebration of children, which last year attracted more than 6,000 visitors. In addition to fun and educational farm attractions, kids can participate in a talent show and learn about bike safety at the popular Police Activities League (PAL) Bike Rodeo during which dozens of bicycles donated by the Sheriff's Toy Project will be given away to lucky children.
While Kids Day is all about fun, children's health is the primary objective. Organizers work with health providers from Sacramento County and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District to present free hearing, vision, and school readiness screenings to help get kids off to a healthy start. Parents can get tips on how to prepare their children for school, how to obtain mental health resources, and how to access a wide range of public and private services for their kids.
More than 100 exhibitors whose focus is children and health will be providing free activities for children, keeping little hands busy while parents access information.
Kids Day runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30th, with no admission charge. Free parking is available nearby.
Pack a picnic lunch to bring with you to the event, or purchase lunch from among a variety of gourmet food trucks. A hot dog meal including chips and a bottle of water can be purchased for $3 from the Rancho Cordova Kiwanis Club.
"Kids Day in the Park 2016 will offer more activities and fun than ever," said Amy Hiramoto, Event Chair. "We have been hard at work putting together a wonderful day for families to come out with their kids and enjoy green grass, fresh air, and a lot of fun."
Kid's Day is sponsored by a wide range of community businesses, organizations and health providers, including: City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Cordova Recreation and Park District, Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Republic Services, Smile Kingdom Dental, Sunrise Orthodontics, Kaiser Permanente, Heritage Community Credit Union, Golden State Water Company, SMUD, Wells Fargo, Sims Metal Management, Vice Mayor Donald Terry, Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova, Rancho Cordova Police Activities League, Raley's Bel Air, Atlas Disposal, Chick-fil-A, Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism Corporation, California American Water, Michael Baker International, and Eppie's Great Race. The event is produced by the Cordova Community Council.