Contact: Pam Greaney, Parks & Recreation, 962-2446
Note from event coordinator: Children’s Day will be held – rain, snow or shine! Some activities may be impacted by weather, but the main activities of Touch-A-Truck, Puppet Shows and Story time in the Library, and Chilson Recreation Center crafts and class demos will run as scheduled regardless of weather. Join us at the Civic Center and enjoy this fun and educational event. Dress for the weather!
Loveland’s home-grown Children’s Day event will be celebrated from 1-4 p.m. on Monday, April 18 at the Civic Center, 500 E. Third St. in downtown Loveland.
The event, now in its 14th year, was founded by long-time resident Annie Hall who believed that children deserve a day totally dedicated to their celebration and enjoyment.
Last year, more than 2,500 children and their parents attended the event. This year, the City of Loveland and Thompson School District will again join forces to provide an afternoon of fun activities dedicated to kids of all ages.
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
• Live entertainment from area youth performance groups (schedule announced soon)
• Sports Demos: SNAG golf, tennis, skateboarding and t-ball
• Story time, puppet show and iMake at the Loveland Public Library
• Crafts and class demos at the Chilson Recreation Center
• Bike rodeo and helmet fitting
• Safe kid ID kits
• Face painting
• Live animals to pet and feed
• Food for sale from Bedrock BBQ; I Scream; Kona Ice; seasonal soups, salads and more
• Free child visit at Chilson Recreation Center with paying adult
• Vendor and sponsor booths and activities
Attendees under the age of 18 can pick up a passport at one of five passport stations located at the Library, Chilson Center or around the Foote Lagoon. The passports can be stamped at each of the stations as well. If visitors collect three stamps, they are eligible for mini-prizes. If they collect all five stamps they 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. For more information on the Children’s Day event call 962-2727 or click here.
Representatives from City departments including Cultural Services, Facilities Management, Fire Authority, Library, Parks and Recreation, Police, Streets and Traffic, Stormwater and Water & Power join together to plan and hold Colorado Children’s Day every year.
2016 Children's Day Exhibitors: Align Chiropractic, Awesome Smilers, Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County, Bright Horizons, Colorado Kids Connection, CSU Extension- Larimer County 4-H, CSU School Counseling Program, DentaQuest, Doctor’s for Health and Wellness- Gateway Chiropractic, Harrington Arts Alliance, Health District- Larimer Health Connect, House of Neighborly Service, Kindergrins, Kolowski Chiropractic, Larimer Child Advocacy Center, Larimer County Garbage Garage, Larimer County Health and Environment and Tobacco Free Larimer County, Larimer County Natural Resources, Larimer County Workforce Center, Living Well Nutrition, Loveland Academy of Music, Loveland Classical Schools, Loveland Family Doula, Loveland Fishing Club, Loveland Integrated School for the Arts (LISA), Lutheran Family Services, New York Life, Respite Care Inc., RJ’s Amazing Entertainment, Seeking Sitters, Sierra’s Race Against Meningitis, Skate Start, SportClips, Stowers Orthodontics, The Sunshine House, TCBY, Thompson School District and TSD Early Childhood Program, Tutoring Club of Fort Collins, United Way- Be Ready, Wolf Thunder Run Draft Horses and ZLW Books.
2016 Children’s Day Sponsors: City of Loveland, Thompson School District, Align Chiropractic, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Arte Pizzeria, Awesome Smilers, Bright Horizons, Colorado Kids Connection, Fort Fun, Kindergrins, Kolowski Chiropractic, Living Well Nutrition, Loveland Academy of Music, Loveland Barricade, Loveland Daily Reporter Herald, Loveland Family Doula, New York Life, Parent Magazine, Seeking Sitters, SportClips, Stowers Orthodontics, The Sunshine House, TCBY, Town Square Media- K99 and Tri102.
History and origin of 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.