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May 27, 2020








Fun at the annual Day for Kids. Courtesy photo.

Boys & Girls Club 10th Annual Day for Kids

When: Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Where: Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester
Cost: Admission and all activities are free, except the Roaming Railroad train rides, which cost $1. 

Just for kids
Day for Kids festival returns to Manchester

By Angie Sykeny

The Boys & Girls Club will celebrate its 10th annual Day for Kids on Saturday, Sept. 26, in Manchester with over 100 free activities, exhibits, special displays and live performances. One of New Hampshire’s largest children’s festivals, it attracts between 2,000 and 3,500 visitors each year.

“The fact that one of the city’s largest youth organizations is [hosting] the festival, and the fact that there are so many other organizations involved and so many sponsors that support it, makes it unique,” event coordinator Tracey Adams said. “It’s a true community event.”
The purpose of Day for Kids is twofold: first, to give parents or other adult family members and friends a day to reconnect with the kids in their lives by participating in fun activities together. Second, it provides information about various children’s services throughout the state.
Adams said one of the kids’ favorite parts of the festival is the live animals, such as the Wildlife Encounters exhibit, which has different live native and non-native animals each year, and the McDonny’s Traveling Farm, a petting zoo with baby chicks, bunnies, goats and other farm animals.
Kids also love the AutoFair’s Big Wheels Race Track, where they can race each other on Big Wheels tricycle bikes, and The Bank of New Hampshire Prize Wheel, which they can spin to win special prizes like toys, gift cards and more.
Learn some new moves with instructors from Manchester Karate Studio, who will be doing martial arts demonstrations and mini tutorials for kids, or try being a meteorologist at WMUR’s weather station, where you can stand in front of a green screen and give a weather report that looks like the ones on TV.
Get in on the creative flow with the famous Day for Kids Giant Coloring Wall, a 15-foot-long mural for kids and kids-at-heart to draw on and color. Or you can turn yourself into a work of art with professional face painting by the NH Creative Club or fancy hair updos at the Kids Beauty Salon run by students from Michael’s School of Hair Design.
Aspiring athletes will enjoy the Safe Sports Obstacle Course, where they can complete a mini obstacle course for a prize and learn about how to warm up, stretch, stay hydrated and practice good nutrition. There will also be an indoor kid-safe archery range where staff from the New England School of Archery & Supplies will be teaching kids target archery.
Don’t miss your ride on the Roaming Railroad, a train that can take kids and adults on a trip around the festival.
The Main Stage will have several family-friendly acts, including the Mad Science show (10:45 a.m.), where kids will learn about gas as a state of matter and see how vortexes, spheres, a hot air balloon and the “Mad Science Hovercraft” demonstrate the power of air. Day for Kids favorite performer BJ Hickman will engage the audience in a fun and silly magic show (11:30 a.m.). Other local performance groups include the tap-dancing Granite State Cloggers (12:15 p.m.), the Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts doing musical theater numbers (1 p.m.) and Miss Kelsey’s Dancers team (1:45 p.m.).
“Everyone loves to come back year after year. The people, exhibitors, sponsors [and] performers — their return rate is extremely high.” Adams said. “We wanted this large celebration with the community [from the beginning], so we’re excited to be celebrating 10 years with everyone.” 

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