Record Setting Kids Day Rocks a Sports Theme

By Shelly Blanchard  |  2017-05-03

They came. They jumped. They giggled. And when it was all over, the 28th Annual Kids Day in the Park went into the record books as the largest ever.

With a record 140 exhibitors including 20 sports leagues and providers, children and their families, indeed, were able to “Get Your Game On” – this year’s theme. Attendance was set at more than 6,000 – the largest turnout ever.

Presented by the City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, and a host of other sponsors, Kids Day showcased a wide range of youth sports and more than 150 free things to do. The event was produced by the Cordova Community Council.

The event also marked the Sacramento County kick-off for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

With pennants rippling in the breeze of a picture perfect day, children tried their hand at rugby, soccer, cheerleading, gymnastics, martial arts, softball, baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis – even French Parcours – all aimed at keeping kids healthy and active. Event partner Sports Stars Sports Jam led the way.

Among the other fun, free attractions were off-road ATV simulators, A US Air Force thrill exhibit, climbing wall, giant obstacle course, arts and crafts and more.

Kids learned about bike safety at the popular Police Activities League (PAL) Bike Rodeo during where 80 bicycles donated by the Sheriff’s Toy Project were 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 worked with health providers from Sacramento County and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District to present free hearing, vision, dental and school readiness screenings to help get kids off to a healthy start. Parents received 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.

“What an amazing day for the children of our community,” said Amy Hiramoto, the event chair person who has been active at Kids Day since its inception in 1989. “Rancho Cordova cares about its kids, and this is a special day to show it.”

Woo-hoo! It's Kids Day!

By Shelly Blanchard  |  2017-04-27

“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

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.

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Kids Day in the Park 2017 is Coming

By Shelly Lembke  |  2017-04-12

Action, food, games and a whole lotta fun at Kids Day in the Park, coming to Hagan Park April 29. 
--Photo courtesy of Cordova Community Council

The 28th Annual Kids Day in the Park is coming April 29th to Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova. Kids can play, run obstacle courses, win games and more, courtesy of the Cordova Community Council and their collaborating sponsors. This year’s event theme “Get Your Game On,” reflects the Council’s focus on sportsmanship and healthy bodies.

Kids can try their skills at football, baseball/softball, soccer, tennis, golf and rugby, in addition to the chance to win prizes.

“Kids Day in the Park is a festival geared to families of small children. A fun day of activities for small children and their families, it is also a health and resources fair with providers on hand to engage parents and provide information,” according to the CCC.

With free admission and free activities geared to beginners and elite players, this year’s event features a wide variety of sports and games to keep kids busy, but also provides free and easy access for vision, hearing and dental checks, as well as loads of free parent resources from major contributors like the Folsom Cordova Unified School District and the County of Sacramento.

Food and beverages are available for purchase from a selection of more than a dozen popular food trucks so that attendees can munch their way through the over 100 exhibitor booths.

The event lasts from 11 am to 3 pm, Saturday, April 29th at Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.cordovacouncil.org.

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California Family Fitness Teams Up with FCUSD to Offer Kids Fitness Program

Source: California Family Fitness  |  2016-11-24

California Family Fitness Trainers, Rancho Cordova Elementary School Principal Larry Mahoney, KCRA 3’s Tamara Berg and River Cat’s mascot Dinger award students for their performance in the Body Fit Kids program. 
--Photo courtesy California Family Fitness

As part of celebrating 25 years in Sacramento, California Family Fitness partnered with Folsom Cordova Unified School District to offer a Body Fit Kids Program, which is the first of many Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives that the organization commits to each year.

The program was born out of CFF’s commitment to building a healthier community and is designed to mirror CFF’s group training program, “Body Fit,” which offers a dynamic fusion of cardio and strength training in a small group format. CFF’s certified personal trainers trained 4th and 5th grade students from participating schools in the district.

In addition to participating at school, the program incorporates “homework” designed to engage the entire family in building and sustaining healthy lifestyle habits. Outside-of-school activities include taking a family trip to a local farmer’s market, a walk around the neighborhood and planting a vegetable in their garden. Awards categories for participating students include greatest improvement, most inspirational and many others. The first 20 participants who completed their activity cards with their family have the opportunity to go on an exclusive excursion to attend a Sacramento River Cats game, including a special meet-and-greet with Sacramento River Cats mascot Dinger.

“Our children are the future of the Sacramento region and California Family Fitness is proud to partner with Folsom Cordova Unified School District to provide education for students about how to live healthy lifestyles,” CFF President Randy Karr said. “It’s our hope that this program will grow to serve more students each year, and we’re thrilled to work alongside a group of educators and administrators that share a common commitment to providing learning opportunities for students that challenge not just their minds but also their bodies.”

The Body Fit Kids program is one of several initiatives kicking off this fall in collaboration with Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

“We know that when children are healthy, they are able to thrive to reach their full potential, and healthy and active lifestyles are essential to this,” Folsom Cordova Unified School District Superintendent Deborah Bettencourt said. “We are extremely grateful for the time and resources California Family Fitness is investing in our students to ensure they have the knowledge and tools to make smart choices and lead healthy lives.”

For more information about CFF’s 25th anniversary activities, its health and fitness centers and membership options, visit www.californiafamilyfitness.com.

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RCPD Launches an Innovative Program

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2016-06-02

During an outdoor assembly on May 18th, eleven Cordova Meadows Elementary School Kindergarteners received certificates of recognition, and three lucky students were awarded new bikes that they bid on using Cub Cash that they earned. 
--Photo courtesy RCPD.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) launched a new, innovative program to build positive relationships with local students. Two police officers are assigned to every Rancho Cordova school where they get to know the students. Through a partnership with school administrators, students are recognized once per month for academic performance, good behavior, and regular attendance. During an outdoor assembly on May 18th, eleven Cordova Meadows Elementary School Kindergarteners received certificates of recognition, and three lucky students were awarded new bikes that they bid on using Cub Cash that they earned. Students earn Cub Cash by living the school values of “I Care,” “I Appreciate,” and “I Perform” and by showing empathy toward others. “Good Day Sacramento” joined in the fun by broadcasting live from the school and interviewing the students. Over 300 students have been recognized since the program launched in fall 2015.

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Join the 27th Community-Wide Celebration of Children This Saturday at Hagan Park

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2016-04-26

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. Photo courtesy City of Rancho Cordova

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 a trip to Ag-Ventureland where kids will learn to do everything from milk a cow to rope a steer.

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 a free activity for children, keeping little hands busy while parents access information.

Kids Day runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday April 30th, 2015, 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 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, Councilman Donald Terry, Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova, and Rancho Cordova Police Activities League, Raleys Bel-Air, Atlas Disposal, Chick-fil-A, Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism Corporation, California American Water, Michael Baker International and Eppies Great Race.   The event is produced by the Cordova Community Council.

For more information, visit www.cordovacouncil.org or call the Cordova Community Council at (916) 273-5704.

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7 Ways to Keep Your Child Learning This Summer

Brandpoint  |  2016-04-21

(BPT) - When school dismisses for the summer, parents across the country worry about how much their children will forget over the vacation months. Will all those hours helping them with math and reading dissolve with the carefree hours spent at the pool or playground?

“While a break from the long days of school is needed, studies show that most kids lose up to two months of their math skills between school grades,” says Dominique Ciccarelli, Ed.M., education specialist for Kumon North America. “The brain is like a muscle and needs a regular dose of exercise to stay strong. Connections in your brain multiply when you learn new topics, and through this process, you get smarter.”

Added to this concern is how much time over the summer parents will be able to commit to helping their children retain and reinforce what they learned during the previous school year. While millions of children are eager for the freedom of summer, parents are coming up with plans to keep the learning momentum going.

Here are seven fun ways to keep your child engaged over the summer with enriching experiences.

Have a scavenger hunt at the museum. One way to turn a visit to the museum into a fun and educational experience is to make it a scavenger hunt. If you’re going to an art museum, your list can include things you might see in paintings or sculptures from a certain country. If it’s a natural history museum, you can include dinosaurs and animals.

Find the right learning program. For families with children looking for enrichment activities, the right learning program is invaluable. With nearly 1,500 centers throughout the United States, Kumon uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. To help students continue learning through the summer, Kumon is offering free registration in June at participating centers.

Develop their green thumb. Gardening allows children to not only play and build something - as they might do in a sandbox - but learn about the life cycle of plants and the importance of nutrition. One way to make this more exciting is to try to grow something giant, like a huge squash or zucchini that will provide an end goal to the entire experience.

Let them be your travel agents. Before you set off on your summer vacation, get your children involved in the planning process. Let them help you search for lodging within your budget and in the area you want to stay. Together, you can learn about nearby attractions and plan your visit accordingly. The entire process not only builds confidence, but serves as a finance, geography, history and social studies lesson all wrapped in one.

Have adventures in reading. Reading is one of the most important skills to maintain and develop. Reading to your children each day establishes a positive association in their mind and makes them excited to read on their own. Be sure to stay up to date with the activities at your local library, which provides fun and sociable learning opportunities.

Make something. While there are plenty of kits out there to promote STEM learning skills, you can encourage your children to use their creativity and knowledge to build projects from common household materials. Some classic examples of this would be making a raft out of empty milk cartons or plastic bottles, a homemade volcano using vinegar and baking soda or a homemade electromagnet.

Become a collector. A great way for children to get hands-on knowledge of the natural world is for them to build a collection while discovering the outdoors. Rocks, plants, bugs - these are the things that excite a young mind. Search for different kinds of leaves to press at home, then work with your children to identify their types.

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