KidsDay is an annual welcome-to-summer event hosted by Columbia Association (CA). This year’s event was held on June 23 at Hopewell Mini-WaterPark. I decided to take my two boys. We had never been to this pool before, or to a KidsDay event, so we had no idea what to expect. I was surprised to see so much to do.
I was interested in KidsDay mostly because planning summer activities for the whole family can be tricky in summertime. The kids are out of school and need something to do, but doing a lot of activities can get pricey and, of course, not everyone likes to do the same things. But doesn’t nearly everyone love playing in the water? And this was free!
The free part really hit home for me. I grew up in a single-parent home. We struggled financially as my mom went back to school. There simply wasn’t money for camps and pool memberships. The only things we could do were free activities, and there weren’t many. I’m glad to see that there are tons of free events CA offers to residents — quality events. It makes me feel good knowing that CA gives so much back to the community.
Along with the cool Mini-WaterPark — which has a SplashPad, a big baby pool and a swimming pool with a waterslide — there was a moon bounce, a mini class of ZumbAtomic® offered by KidSpace, a DJ, face painting, a penny dive, a raffle for beach gear and cool giveaways from CA. If you got hungry, there was a station to buy hot dogs, sausages, pulled pork, burgers, cotton candy and soft drinks. There was something for everyone to do.
It was a beautiful summer day. It was hot, but not too hot. I saw lots of happy kids’ faces, which meant there were a lot of happy parents. Nothing brings a smile to my face faster than seeing happy, laughing kids, like at KidsDay. This is going on the radar for next summer, too. Fun stuff!
Melissa Sinclair works in the Communications & Engagement Division at Columbia Association (CA). Melissa recently moved to Columbia with her three-generation family. She has lived in more than a dozen cities and is looking forward to making Columbia, Md., her permanent home! Over the past year she has worked on losing weight, getting fit and doing volunteer work; she is now looking forward to working for CA after staying home with her family for the last several years. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in educational administration. Click here to read more of Melissa’s Getting to Know CA series.