Over the weekend we were able to attend the Safe Kids Day at the Port Orange Pavilion. We really like this venue, as they have hosted Kids in The Kitchen and a variety of other events. Once you’re done with the event, you can take a stroll around lots of local shops or even stick around to grab a bite to eat or even take in a movie. All in all it was a great day to be out and about.
When we got there, the first thing we noticed was the Port Orange fire truck. The fireman were great and lets kids explore the cab and they took the time to answer questions and really get involved with the little ones. Every time I see firemen interact with kids I’m amazed. If you think about it, there are very few professionals that will let the little ones play on their work vehicle! When was the last time you went to a car show and your little uncle of joy was allowed to sit in a Ferrari? It just doesn’t happen. The firemen were great and very well informed about a variety of topics.
Continuing closer to the event, there were community booths that were setup in addition to the regular Saturday farmers market. I can’t quite tell if they appreciate the extra activities or if they were annoyed at all the goings on. Either way, I’m sure it brought them more business. In addition to a few community booths, we noticed that the Deltona City Firefighters had a great concession stand setup to raise money. They were selling all sorts of hot dogs, hamburgers ad more at reasonable prices. It just seemed a bit odd since Deltona is all the way on the other side of the county.
Radio Disney has really become a standard for of entertainment at community events, and Safe Kids Day was no different. The Radio Disney guys and gals did a great job interacting with the audience and really seem to enjoy being involved. They played family friendly music which is always appreciated. We took some time to checkout displays from Halifax Health, the Volusia County Health Department as well as other community based groups.
So the main theme of the event is child safety right? Safe Kids Day is sponsored by Sake Kids Worldwide which targets families to help make their environment safer. Everything from water safety, to avoiding TV tip overs. Their we site is a wealth of safety information, especial for new parents. This event however seemed to lose the message quite a bit though. Don’t get me wrong, the local community booths were great. In particular the Access Florida Folks actually set us up with some alarms for my mother in law’s doors leading out to her pool. Their representative even took the time to educate us about water safety and to get there message across. It’s rare sometimes at larger community events. Often times, groups just want to hand our freebies and keep you moving along.
So I’m not sure if we just missed something here, or what the deal was, but there didn’t seem to be any centralized organization to the Safe Kids Day. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t chaos or anything, but we weren’t able to find the registration booth where everyone was getting the 3k race bibs from. I suppose I could have asked, but since we weren’t participating in it we didn’t bother.
Granted, we were only at the Safe Kids Day event for a short time, but I personally wasn’t impressed due to the lack of focus on safety. It’s possible that other safety focuses were done throughout the day, but we didn’t get to experience them. Remember is is a FREE event so I’m certainly not complaining by any means, but we would have loved to see some other safety themed activities and information available. Possible ideas for the future could be CPR classes, bicycle helmet activities, car seat safety checks, fire safety and more.
Now remember we did gain some valuable resources when it came to water safety including the free alarms for the doors leading to my mother in laws pool. (They will probably scare the heck out of my father in law!) I would like to stress that ANY SAFETY knowledge gained is a benefit to our family and the community so we were still happy with the experience, but there is some room for improvement next year. Maybe Frugal Florida Fun will get involved to help with travel safety ideas! Safe Kids Day events are held throughout Florida at various times throughout the year, please check their website below for the next event and location.
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