We’ve all had a hard year and a half. It’s time to forget about all of it for an afternoon and get ready from some free family fun! Each year the City of Lacey pulls out all the stops for Children’s Day and this year is no exception. The free, family event will take place Saturday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lacey’s Huntamer Park. In line with the Superheroes theme, everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favorite hero – adults included!

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Be sure to check out a school bus and fire truck on display the Lacey Children’s Day. Photo courtesy: City of Lacey

“Lacey Children’s Day is a day all about our youngest community members!” shares Jeannette Sieler, recreation supervisor for Lacey Parks, Culture & Recreation. “Our theme for 2021 is superheroes and we’re excited to present an awesome day of fun!”

Put on your capes and head to Huntamer Park for some superhero shenanigans! There will be plenty to do, including arts and crafts, an obstacle course, and a giant slide. Kids can get their faces painted—like spiderman or a unicorn—and can even check out a school bus and fire truck on display. Want to try your super powers? Check out the inflatable games, prize wheel, and other games. Oh, and did we mention to watch for “Super” characters, provided by Emerald Kingdom Characters, roaming the park?!

Presented by Lacey Parks, Culture & Recreation and Chick-fil-A of Lacey, in partnership with North Thurston Public Schools, all activities are provided by local companies, with 25 booths signed up so far. “It’s a great opportunity for families to learn about all the great things Lacey has to offer!” shares Sieler. There are a lot of things going on in Lacey that parents may not know about. Lacey Children’s Day gives them the chance to meet various business and organization representatives and learn about the great opportunities available in Lacey.

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Meet some super characters provided by Emerald Kingdom Characters at the City of Lacey Children’s Day happening October 2. Photo courtesy: City of Lacey

When it’s time to take a break and fill the tummy, Children’s Day will have just what your family wants! Look for the Chick-fil-A booth selling their famous chicken sandwiches and nuggets, along with Sweeties Kettlecorn, Kona Ice, and more. “We are checking with and hoping to confirm a new vendor, Stevee’s Sweet Snacks – an ice cream truck managed by a 10-year-old,” adds Sieler.

After you grab your lunchtime goodies, check out the entertainment while you eat! The BACH Musicians, a homeschool co-op choir and orchestra, along with KAOS Elite and High Impact dance groups will be on stage to entertain the whole family.

Children’s Day Attendance Tips

Parking can be found in the various office building parking lots surrounding the park, but please leave room for Ricardo’s Restaurant and the HUB customer parking. Other parking options include Fred Meyer’s lot on the garden side, it’s just a block away.

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There will be plenty to do, including arts and crafts, an obstacle course, and a giant slide at the 24th annual Lacey Children’s Day. Photo courtesy: City of Lacey

COVID protocols will reflect state and county guidelines in place at the time of the event. It is helpful that Children’s Day takes place outdoors, but masks will be required in crowded areas. The activity booths will be set up to allow for more open space and less crowding. They are also encouraging booth hosts to provide activities that don’t require extensive, close contact between attendees. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the park and all booths will have hand sanitizer.

Sponsored by Lacey Timberland Library and Lacey Little Gym, Lacey Children’s Day will happen rain or shine, so bring your super umbrella if the day looks iffy.

If you are a local business and would like to have a booth, complete the application on the City of Lacey website or email laceyparksevents@ci.lacey.wa.us.

Lacey Children’s Day
Saturday, October 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Huntamer Park
618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey
Free to attend

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Presented by Lacey Parks, Culture & Recreation and Chick-fil-A of Lacey, in partnership with North Thurston Public Schools, all activities are provided by local companies. Photo courtesy: City of Lacey

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