Copperas Cove Boys & Girls Club will host its 12th annual Day for Kids at City Park next week.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., children and parents are encouraged to come out, have some food, see some demonstrations and spend time together without spending a lot of money.
“We want it to be safe, we want it to be fun, and we want kids to have a good time with their parents,” said Robert Krei, Copperas Cove branch director.
Among the planned events and activities for the day are inflatables, flag football, dance demonstrations and a Legends for Youth baseball clinic hosted by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
“We’re actually working with MLB personnel,” said Arin Newberry, program director. “They’re bringing in a bunch of older baseball players. It’s put on by the MLBPAA. They’re doing fundamentals of the sport, along with talking about staying in school and how important it is to go to college.”
The clinic can serve up to 200 children, who must sign up beforehand online at mlbpaa.mlb.com/mlbpaa/events. Boys and girls between ages 6 and 16 may sign up.
Also during the day, dance studios will perform, a self-defense class will do a demonstration and Copperas Cove police officers and firefighters will be on hand with vehicles for children to look at.
“It’s a community thing,” Newberry said. “It’s a day to encourage parents and children to get together and have fun.”
Food and drinks will be provided at the event, along with opportunities to become a member of the Boys & Girls Club.
“Last year we had about 400 people,” Newberry said. “We’re hoping to have 600 this year for the whole Day for Kids.”
The event started as a national Boys & Girls Club initiative, sponsored in part by the Nickelodeon television station.
“The intent was to get kids up and moving rather than watching TV,” Krei said. “It’s also to encourage parents. The more time you spend with your kids, the better off the kids are. Here’s one specific day we’ll set aside for our kids. Maybe it will encourage them to spend more time than just that one day.”
Parents spending time with their children and encouraging children to be active are two “huge” initiatives for Boys & Girls Clubs in America, Krei said. The organization also pushes to make sure children have adult mentors in their lives to guide them as they grow up. Krei said this will be his first Day for Kids in Copperas Cove, having served the last three years with clubs in Killeen. He said he has faith in the staff’s abilities though.
“They know what they’re doing. I’m confident it’s going to be a good day,” he said.
For more information, contact the Copperas Cove Boys & Girls Club at (254) 547-5578.