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Annual 'National Kids Day' hosted by MCLB Albany

By Cpl. Denyelle D. D'Aveta | | August 5, 2004

More than 200 children here were celebrated during the National Kid's Day celebration held at the Thomason Gym July 31.  It's a day to honor children through the gift of meaningful time. Meaningful Time is time spent between adults and children who consider their time spent together important and fun.

During registration, children began their fun-filled day with a "goodie bag" and putting their name and the city they were born on a paper star and posting it on a map to show the diversity among the children.

Parents spent time with their children doing many activities including outdoor bouncers, spin art, face painting, learning about Indian culture, and outdoor activities.

"In addition to the children's activities, we also had things that the older teens would enjoy such as a car display," said Paula Caserio, Child Youth and Teen director here.

In addition to the other activities, the children were also treated to a magic show.

"It is a day that is centered around getting families to focus on their children," Caserio said. "The events that we had during the National Kid's Day here were an opportunity for families to spend quality time together."

According to the National Kid's Day "Meaningful Time" survey, more than 50 percent of children polled agreed that spending time with their parents was enjoyable, whether it was playing games, reading, or just talking.

In addition to the fun activities, many exhibits offered education on nutrition, the effects of drugs on the mind and body and Indian Culture.

"This has been a fun day," said Kitras Thomas, age 10. "I enjoyed the Native Way Productions the most because I love history and I enjoy learning about things like that."

Many local businesses also took part in providing either activities or food for the families.

Organizations who participated included the Albany Museum of Art, the base commissary, Wild Adventures Theme Park, Marine Corps Community Services Information Tickets and Tours office, Flint Beverage, Chucky Cheese, The Cookie Shop, Kontradictions Car Club, Tom's Food and Native Way Productions.