I’m always trying to balance spending quality “down-time” at home as a family versus getting out-and-about for activities and events. If I choose “down-time” I often feel guilty that my kids are missing out on something they should be a part of. If I choose the event I often feel guilty that we don’t have enough time at home to just relax and play (and do the laundry and clean, etc.). Does this sound familiar to you?
I always go through a quick series of questions in my mind. 1. Is it affordable? 2. Is this the only time the activity is available? 3. Will my littles have fun? If two out of three of these are “Yeses” then there’s a high likelihood that I’ll go. (And, of course, there’s always a secret fourth question along the lines of “Will I have fun or is this the type of event where I will end up hearing the theme song to Thomas the Train in my head on repeat for the next week and I’m just not in a place where I can deal with that?” But I digress….)
The Healthy Family Fair gets three big “Yeses” from me! It’s Saturday, February 25th from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Marshalltown Mom and hosted by Child Abuse Prevention Services.
We asked Linda Havelka, Associate Director of Child Abuse Prevention Services, a few questions about the upcoming event.
What is the Healthy Family Fair? It is a community event which aims to encourage heathy habits and promote learning in children and young families by engaging them in a fun and interactive way. Children can explore the indoor play area, get their face painted, or check out the insects at the ISU Insect Zoo while their parents learn about the various resources available in the community. There will also be entertainment on the main stage throughout the day like a storyteller, a magic show and Cy from Iowa State. Dora and Diego will be there as well along with Star War characters.
How did it come about? Twelve years ago community agencies saw a need in our community for parents to have an opportunity to learn about community resources but more importantly an opportunity for children to explore new things and spark their curiosity. Parents were asking for activities to do in our community especially in the winter time.
What ages would enjoy the event? The fair is targeting pregnant women and families with children birth to 5. However all children will enjoy the activities at the fair.
What do you love most about our town? I so enjoy watching parents interact with their children and of course the smiles on the faces of the children.
Anything else you want us to know? There is so much to do at the fair. It runs from 10:00am to 1:00pm so come early.
1. Is it affordable? YES!
2. Is this the only time the activity is available? YES (until next year)!
3. Will my littles have fun? YES!
4. Will I have fun? YES (and am not likely to hearing the theme song to Thomas the Train in my head on repeat for the next week)!
COUNT ME IN and hope to see you there.