NEW PORT RICHEY — For parents and children seeking a little more family time, Pasco Kids First officials offer a solution this Saturday.
The seventh annual Family Fun Day will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Sims Park and Peace Hall and around the adjacent Orange Lake. Plans include a bicycle rodeo, fire-hose-shooting skill contest, Tampa Bay Lightning Rolling Thunder spirit team and a K9 demonstration, according to Kelly M. Hackman, the event coordinator.
And don’t forget about free bicycle helmets and a prize drawing for two bicycles, Hackman said.
“The idea is to promote a healthy family from the inside out,” Pasco Kids First Executive Director Rick Hess said in a press release. “By having all of these interactive activities for the entire family, we are promoting the family being active together.”
The event will promote the health and wellness of family members to boot, Hackman said.
The Pasco County Health Department’s Family Fitness Walk around Orange Lake will help launch festivities at 10 a.m.
Once a child has completed the quarter-mile lap around the lake, the youngster will fill out a ticket to register for a chance to win a bicycle. One girl and one boy will win at the end of the event.
The health department and Safe Kids Safe Routes to School have partnered to give away 200 bike helmets to children on a first-come, first-served basis. Children will get a helmet properly fitted by trained staff.
Safe Routes to School staff will teach kids about safety as part of a bike rodeo throughout the day.
Meanwhile, the Pasco County’s Sheriff’s Office will participate with representatives from Project Lifesaver and Sergeant Safety. The Missing and Abducted Children’s Unit will provide information.
New Port Richey Fire Department plans a fire-hose shoot. The city’s police department will put on demonstrations.
Tampa Bay Lightning’s Rolling Thunder will provide games and activities from 1:30 until 3 p.m.
DJ Rich of “Rock and Roll to Go” will spin dance music. Many vendors will set up at the park and lake.
Youngsters of all ages can enjoy “all-you-can-play” inflatable activities for $2 per person, sponsored by Staywell, a WellCare Company.
The mission of Pasco Kids First is to help protect Pasco children from the devastating effects of child abuse, Hess emphasized. The agency promotes a healthy and nurturing family environment for all children.
Family Fun Day is sponsored by Staywell, Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco, Community Service Council, Stone Parker & Company CPA, Trinity Rotary, Carastro and Associates, and Morgan Funeral Home.