Celebrate Children's Day 2017

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Activities and Fun for Kids of all ages!

Celebrate Colorado Children’s Day in Loveland, March 10

The City of Loveland, with the help of the Thompson School District, will celebrate the annual Colorado Children’s Day from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. on Fri., March 10 at the Civic Center at 500 E. Third St. in downtown Loveland

The event, now in its 15th year, was founded by long-time resident Annie Hall who believed that children deserved a day totally dedicated to their celebration and enjoyment.

Last year, more than 2,500 children and their parents enjoyed this fun-filled annual event.

ACTIVITIES

 All activities take place at the Civic Center, Foote Lagoon, Chilson Recreation Center and Loveland Public Library.

This year’s event features:

  • ‘Touch a Truck’ – police cars, fire engines, trash trucks, road graders and more

  • Sports Demos: SNAG Golf, skateboarding and more

  • Puppet shows at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. in the Gertrude Scott room of the library
  • Storytime at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the storytime room at the library
  • Wayne and Wingnut (puppet/ventriloquist show) at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on the Foote Lagoon (Lily pad) stage
  • Loveland Highschool Choir singing selections from ‘Guys and Dolls’ at 1:05 p.m. - Foote Lagoon stage
  • Djembe Jive Drum Group at 1:35 p.m. - Foote Lagoon stage
  • Crafts and class demos at the Chilson Recreation Center
  • Bike rodeo and helmet fittings

  • Safe Kid ID kits

  • Face painting

  • Food for sale from Bedrock BBQ; I Scream; Kona Ice; SYNC Club

  • Free child visits at Chilson Recreation Center with a paying parent/guardian

  • Vendor and sponsor booths and activities

PASSPORTS

Attendees under the age of 18 can pick up a passport at one of five passport stations located at the Library, Chilson Recreation Center or around the Foote Lagoon. The passports can be stamped at each of the stations, as well. If visitors collect 3 stamps, they are eligible for mini-prizes. If they collect all five stamps, the can enter a drawing for grand prizes.

Parking will be available in City of Loveland lots and along city streets. A map of downtown parking can be found here: www.cityofloveland.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=27970.

Inclement Weather:

Children’s Day will be held rain, snow or shine. Some activities may be impacted by weather but the Touch-A-Truck, Puppet Shows, Storytime in the Library, and Chilson Recreation Center crafts or class demos will run, regardless of the weather. Please dress for the weather.

Representatives from City departments including Cultural Services, Facilities Management, Fire Rescue Authority, Library, Parks and Recreation, Police, Streets and Traffic, Stormwater, Water & Power work with the Thompson School District to plan and hold Colorado Children’s Day every year.

2017 EXHIBITORS & SPONSORS:

Align Chiropractic, Angel House, Be Ready- United Way, Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County, Budweiser Events Center, CSU Extension- Larimer County 4-H, Fort Fun, Front Range Health and Chiropractic, House of Neighborly Service, Kindergrins, Kolowski Chiropractic, Larimer County Garbage Garage, Larimer County Natural Resources, Loveland Academy of Music, Loveland Classical Schools, Loveland Fishing Club, Loveland Integrated School for the Arts (LISA), Loveland Laser Tag and Fun Center, Loveland Modern Dentistry, New York Life, Project Self-Sufficiency, RJ’s Amazing Entertainment, Sierra’s Race Against Meningitis, SportClips, Teaching Tree, Team Wellness, The Summit Windsor, Thompson School District VITAL and Early Childhood, Visit Loveland, Voice Carry Child Advocacy and YMCA Camp Chief Ouray.

City of Loveland, Thompson School District, Align Chiropractic, Arte Pizzeria, Budweiser Events Center, Fort Fun, Front Range Health and Chiropractic, Kindergrins, Kolowski Chiropractic, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, Loveland Academy of Music, Loveland Barricade, Loveland Laser Tag and Fun Center, New York Life, Rocky Mountain Parent Magazine, RJ’s Amazing Entertainment, Sierra’s Race Against Meningitis, SportClips, The Summit Windsor and Visit Loveland.

HISTORY AND ORIGIN OF COLORADO CHILDREN'S DAY

Children’s Day is the result of the long-time dream of Loveland resident Annie Hall, who lived for 100 years as the biggest fan of children and celebrating them and their spirit. With Annie’s request, Colorado Senator Stan Matsunaka sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 01-015 in March 2001, which created a Colorado Children’s Day to be celebrated each year on the first Wednesday in March. The resolution was unanimously passed by the Colorado legislature. The City of Loveland in cooperation with Thompson School District has been celebrating Colorado Children’s Day since 2002. The day that the event is celebrated has been adjusted over time to better accommodate school schedules, but is still celebrated in Loveland in Annie’s memory. 

2017 EVENT POSTER  (PDF)

Loveland's favorite "kid" invites you to Children's Day:

 
View an activity from a prior Children's Day in this video:

   

For more information about Children's Day, please call Pam Greaney at (970) 962-2446
or the Parks & Recreation Department Administration Office at (970) 962-2727.

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