Children's Day

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Girl-with-FingerpaintChildren’s Day - Friday, March 1, 2019

Celebrated in Loveland since 2002

The City of Loveland, with the help of the Thompson School District, will celebrate the annual Colorado Children’s Day on Friday, March 1 at various locations throughout the City of Loveland campus.

The event, now in its 17th year, was founded by long-time resident Annie Hall who believed that children deserved a day totally dedicated to celebration and enjoyment.

Last year, more than 2,500 children and their parents enjoyed this fun-filled annual event that combines fun with hands-on learning and experiential education.

Locations and Activities

Loveland Museum (503 N. Lincoln) 

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Art & history activities

Chilson Recreation Center (700 E. Fourth St.) 

Noon - 2 p.m.

  • FREE youth admission to Chilson Recreation Center (two children per one paid adult)
  • Lego car racing with Play Well TEKnologies
  • Balloon twisting with RJ's Amazing Entertainment
  • Face Painting with Creative Days
  • Princesses with Wishes Come True Entertainment
  • Kid-friendly cooking demos with Sapna Von Reich
  • Starting New at Golf (SNAG)
  • Casting clinic presented by Open Lands & Trails and
  • Sports outside (weather permitting)
  • Program/class demos and booths

Loveland Library (300 N. Adams) 

Noon - 2 p.m.

Dr. Seuss activities and story times, Thompson School District info booth, Small Fries Preschool info booth

Traffic Operations Center (105 W. Fifth St.) 

10 a.m. - noon

16-foot “big screen," touch-a-truck or school bus, mini bike rodeo

Public Works (2525 W. First St.) 

10 a.m. - noon

Plow and trash touch- a-truck, Water & Power demos, stormwater puppet show

Fire Station #1 (410 E. Fifth St. )

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Police and Fire touch-a-truck, kettle corn, Police robot demos


Parking will be available in City of Loveland lots and along city streets. View a map of downtown parking.

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 and Water & Power work with the Thompson School District to plan and hold Colorado Children’s Day every year.

Colorado Children's Day History

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. 

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 970.962.2562.

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