Kids Day in the Park will be returning to Central Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday after torrential rains forced the event’s cancellation last year.
The Community Children’s Shelter and Family Service Center organizes the event every year, and Executive Director Kaylyn Weldon-Gary said the day will be filled with fun for the whole family.
“We’ll have fun free activities, free games and free handouts,” Weldon-Gary said. This year’s slated activities include bounce houses, entertainment on the stage, and “touch a truck” section.
“We’re going to have some firetrucks, police cars and motorcycles. So the kids get to see them and enjoy them,” she said. “Then the Ardmore Dragway will be bringing out some of those cars as well so the kids can see those, touch them and see how awesome they are.”
The first few children to arrive will be given door prizes. Because this year the event is taking place over Mother’s Day, the first moms to arrive will also receive a special door prize.
“We want to tie in that healthy children need healthy mothers,” she said. “So we’re acknowledging the fact that we’re going to have mothers there with the children.”
The Chickasaw Nation will also be at the event providing free carseat safety checks.
Most importantly, this year approximately 35 area organizations will have booths set up with information about the resources they provide. Each booth will also have a game or activity for the children to enjoy.
“A lot of the families in our area are having struggles, so it’s good for them to know where they can get mental health counseling, where they can find food resources, and where they can find healthcare resources,” Weldon-Gary said. “All of those resources will be there giving out information.”
Families will also be able to purchase lunch while at the event. Lunch includes hotdogs, chips and a drink and can be purchased for $3 or two for $5.
“We’ve done lunch a couple of times, and it’s been a really big hit,” she said. “We’ve had families tell us that it was really exciting for their kids because they typically don’t have the ability to eat out.”
Weldon-Gary said Kids Day in the Park is one of their favorite annual events.
“It’s so much fun and we get so see so many of our kids and have fun with them. It’s just a lot of laughter and a lot of play and free time,” she said. “We hope it helps to bring families together so that they can have fun and find some resources in the area that can help them to stay whole and healthy.”