Did you know that 85% of a child’s intellect, personality, and social skills are developed during the first three years of life? Are you looking for a free, fun event for your family to attend, one that will help you learn about community programs that will help your child succeed?
In a time when it costs a small fortune for family entertainment, there’s a local event coming up that will really pay off. It’s the 38th Annual Northern Colorado Children’s Festival on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Island Grove Event Center, and every family is invited to attend.
In our multi-media society, sometimes families forget that the true source of learning is one-on-one interaction with their children…and that means playing together! At the festival, there will be dozens and dozens of booths where children and parents can participate in activities that help develop a wide variety of skills. For example:
- Inflatable animals and Bounce House activities help develop motor skills.
- Arts and crafts activities develop fine motor skills.
- Dancers, singers and puppets on stage to entertain and spark imagination.
- Children learn how to take directions and develop athletic skills on an obstacle course.
If for no other reason, you should bring your child to the Children’s Festival to get a free book. After all, the key to success for children is literacy, and it starts with reading to your child every single day, from the day they are born. Studies have proven that the first three years of life are the most critical for brain growth, and reading stimulates that growth. In fact, 90% of brain growth occurs by age three!
Your child will enjoy more than just a free book at the festival. Local businesses that serve children will provide free resources, educational materials, entertainment and hands-on fun for infants through elementary school children, throughout the day.
Bring your own children, bring your nieces and nephews, and bring the children you watch, or bring your grandchildren to enjoy this special day. So turn off the TV, unplug the video game, and discover innovative, simple ways for you and your children to have fun and learn together. It won’t cost you anything but a little time on a Saturday.
2019 Festival Photos
Goal 1: Celebrate children.
Goal 2: Connect parents with resources that exist in our community for children in an informal, non-threatening, supportive, and fun way.
Goal 3: Promote key values that are important to child development such as literacy, nutrition, safety, and developmental screening.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the Children’s Festival a success this year!
Two Men and a Truck – Loveland
Greeley Recreation Center
High Plains Library District
Island Grove Regional Park
Dr Deirdre Pilch