Woo-hoo! It's Kids Day!

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG)  |  By Shelly Blanchard
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“Kids Day in the Park 2017 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.” -- Photos courtesy Cordova Community Council

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There will be no shortage of giggles on Saturday April 29, when Kids Day in the Park celebrates its 28th 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 challenge kids to “Get Your Game On,” showcasing a wide range of youth sports and 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, parking and all activities are free of charge. Food will be available for purchase.

This year’s event takes kids and their parents into the wide world of sports, with plenty of hoops to shoot, balls to throw and more. Teaming up with Sports Stars Sports Jam, this year’s event will showcase dozens of sports and opportunities to play them at Kids Day and beyond.

Among the fun, free attractions will be off-road ATV simulators, a host of hands on sports games, Kids Zumba, rock climbing wall, obstacle course and more.

In addition to fun and educational sports attractions, kids can 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, along with hundreds of free bike safety helmets.

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. Saturday April 29 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 RC Kiwanis.

“Kids Day in the Park 2017 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, Councilman Donald Terry, Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova, Rancho Cordova Police Activities League, Raleys Bel-Air, Chick-fil-A, Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism Corporation, California American Water, Michael Baker International, Mary Nesel Lyon Real Estate, B&J Towing, Ronnie & Julie Hagan Belka, Quick Quack Car Wash, Costa Vida, Bayside Church, Art of Popcorn, Grocery Outlet and New Life Church. The event is produced by the Cordova Community Council.

For more information, visit www.cordovacouncil.org or call the Cordova Community Council at 273-5704.

“Kids Day in the Park 2017 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.” 
-- Photos courtesy Cordova Community Council