by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS
With the help of Lacey Timberland Library, Lacey Loves to Read and the North Thurston School District, Lacey’s Parks and Recreation Department gives all families a reason to get out of the house this fall. This year marks the 21st-annual Children’s Day, which is held rain or shine. Its theme is superheroes, and parents and children alike are encouraged to come dressed for the occasion. They’ll fit right in with Batman and Wonder Woman, who’ll make appearances at the festivities.
All activities and games are free of charge. There’s face painting to add just the right finishing touches to any costume, and little superheroes can take turns climbing the Velcro wall or flying down the enormous, inflatable slide. What’s a superhero without a little assistance from local law enforcement? Vehicles from the Lacey Police and Fire Departments will be on hand for kids to experience. All those heroics are sure to make a superhero hungry and thirsty, so it’s fortunate there’ll be many vendors of food and beverages. Parents, be sure to bring some money for hot dogs, tacos, Farrelli’s pizza truck and treats from Sweeties Kettle Corn.
Musical entertainment is supplied by the Brian Waite Band, which has performed at Lacey in Tune. The band takes the stage with songs from its new album, Rumble in Rock ’Em City. “Their new album is a great fit for our superhero theme, and their music is so much fun,” shares Jeannette Sieler, recreation supervisor at Lacey Parks and Recreation. Other entertainment includes tap dancing by High Impact, baton twirling by Fantasia Twirlers and hip-hop dancing by DancerZone 360. This event kicks off another year of Lacey Loves to Read. In February, the city hosts author Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie, Flora & Ulysses, the Mercy Watson series).
What: Lacey Children’s Day
Where: Huntamer Park,
618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7
How much: free
Learn more: 360-491-0857 | Lacey Children’s Day