Northern Colorado Children’s Festival canceled on April 11 due to coronavirus
As the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly changing, United Way of Weld County is following the worldwide, national and local recommendations closely. The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and community is our highest priority. In doing our part to reduce the spread of the virus, the Northern Colorado Children’s Festival will be canceled on April 11, 2020, at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.
The Children’s Festival is a special event that brings together 4,000 to 5,000 people for free family activities, hands-on arts and crafts, health and safety information, entertainment and a free new book for every child who attends. We understand that the most responsible thing for us to do, as the coronavirus continues to develop, is to maintain social distancing. In light of all the cancellations throughout Colorado and in the United States and messages from the White House, World Health Organization, the Governor’s office at the State of Colorado and the local Weld County Health Department, we have closely monitored and accessed the fluid situation and gathered information to make sound decisions.
All vendors will be reimbursed for the fees that they paid for leading up to the event. For questions or concerns, please contact us at (970) 353-4300.
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 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 Northern Colorado Children’s festival, there are 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.
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.