The Community Children’s Shelter will hold its annual Kids Day in the Park this Saturday.
This year, 27 booths will be set up in Central Park with carnival games for kids and information about local resources for parents.  Community Children’s Shelter Administrative Assistant Rachel Monk said the event started as a Department of Human Services project, but the children’s shelter took over planning it three years ago.
“The director at the time
decided to not let it fall to the wayside,” Monk said. “It’s a full day of free fun and family resources, and that’s something that’s really important to the community.”
Different organizations will be providing different services during the day.
Naomi House and Broadway House are providing bounce houses and The Chickasaw Nation will be checking car seats for free.
“Hopefully each year we’ll get more and more,” Monk said. “Hopefully it grows every year.”
The Ardmore Police Department and Heroes With Hope are teaming up to make free identification booklets for children with their fingerprints.
“We also have Cities in Schools, the libraries, HFV Wilson Community Center and different therapy centers, too,” Monk said.
Carter County Substance Abuse Prevention Committee will host a prescription drug take back event. They will work with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Wichita Mountains Prevention Network to accept and properly dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. Medication that isn’t disposed of or locked away could pose a threat to young children.  
“The parents can get the info they need while the kids have fun,” Monk said. “It really is a full day.”
The Children’s Shelter booth will be selling meals including a hotdog, chips, a drink and candy for $3 or $5 for two.
She said the weather is capricious every April, and the event will go on rain or shine.
“It’s never been canceled in 20 years and we don’t want to be the first,” Monk said.