National Kids Day slated for Aug. 4

The Randolph County America’s Promise Coalition and Family Resource Network will be hosting the 11th Annual National Kids Day Event from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Elkins City Park.

The organizations will join together with thousands of others in a National Kids Day celebration. The purpose of the celebration is to provide the opportunity for every parent and grandparent to take a break from the daily pressures of life to celebrate and renew their commitment to their children. Current research shows that parents would like to spend more meaningful time with their children; however, most feel that general pressures of work, commitments and other activities do not allow them the time to perform this task.

The Elkins event will play host to an array of free activities designed for the entire family. The afternoon’s activities will include: carnival games, a fire truck and race cars, old-fashioned games, door prizes, free giveaways and much more. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Children of all ages can enjoy old-fashioned games such as sack races, bean bag tosses and face painting along with other activities including an inflatable bounce house, giant slide, obstacle course, ball toss, duck pond and many more.

Concessions will be sold by the Randolph Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center in the large pavilion beginning at noon.

This year, the event will host the second annual Egg Drop sponsored by the Randolph County National Youth Leadership Team. “Don’t Crack under the Pressure of Drugs” will be the theme for the event. Rules for the Egg Drop are as follows: All containers will be inspected by a judge; One grade A large egg will be provided courtesy of Kroger; Once the egg is in the structure, it cannot be exchanged. If it is broken during the placement, you will be considered disqualified.

The following items are illegal to use for making of a container: preconstructed container (containers must be homemade not purchased), peanut butter, jello, liquids, etc., anything that will splatter, fruits or vegetables (popcorn is permitted), powdered soap, flammable substances of any kind, glass, aerodynamic or restraining devices, strings, balloons, parachutes, etc. and any substance that may cause harm to a person or park property.

The Egg Drop will begin at 1 p.m. Participants may sign up at the fire truck located in the city park the day of the event. If your egg passes the test, you and your egg will move onto the next challenge until a winner is crowned! Participants are playing for a family fun pack of tickets to their choice of Kennywood, Sandcastle waterpark, or Idlewild/SoakZone.

The America’s Promise Coalition and the Family Resource Network would like to invite everyone to attend this year’s National Kids Day event. All activities are open and free for children of all ages. For more information, please contact the FRN office at 304-636-4454 or find us on Facebook.

This event is sponsored in part by funding through the Department of Health and Human Resources, Team for W.Va. Children and area businesses and agencies.