APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – This week is all about the kids as Downtown Appleton gets ready to host its annual Children’s Week.
A number of recreational activities are planned to keep enough fun going for the whole family. The annual event is returning for its 11th year running. There will be a number of new, signature events that have been created to ensure safety.
Each day of the event provides families with opportunities to make lasting memories while engaging in free or reduced-cost recreational activities. The kick-off event is a Kids Car Cinema, a drive-in movie experience happening Sunday, July 19 at the Timber Rattlers parking lot that is sponsored by Appleton Parks and Recreation.
“Instead of just throwing in the towel and saying we weren’t going to do Children’s Week, we knew how important it was going to be for the community for us to have that- kids need that this year,” says Niki Wendt, Appleton Parks and Recreation Manager. “We decided to reimagine some of the events. We took our normal Kids Fun Run and we’re doing a Kids Fitness Challenge where kids can get t-shirts and we’re going to be going around the city and if we see them participating in activities, we’re going to give them swag. Really it’s just about that community engagement- that’s really our goal.”
Most of the events have been ‘reimagined,’ meaning event organizers have reformatted usual activities for safety. Activities will be done by families on their own, in a virtual format or as events that require pre-registration. One of the signature events, the Building for Kids Children’s Parade Sponsored by ThedaCare, will change this year to encourage Fox Cities families to decorate their houses and front lawns for all to drive by and admire.
In addition to these events, the Building for Kids will be hosting Facebook Live events Monday through Friday at 1:00 pm. These events will feature the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and Appleton Public Library, along with some new faces! There will also be an activity where families can make slime and pick up a Roarsome Dinosaurs Family Activity Kit.
Proceeds from U.S. Venture Children’s Week sponsorships and admissions support Appleton Parks and Recreation, the Appleton YMCA and the Building for Kids.
U.S. Venture Children’s Week 2020 takes place Sunday, July 19 through Saturday, July 25. Event organizers ask that those who wish to participate to register by tomorrow.