Wednesday, October 2, 2013

In Inlet Saturday is Adirondack Kids Day

ADKKidsDay_newFor the second year my family has been asked to join Adirondack Kids Day October 5 from 10 am – 3 pm in Inlet as a fun, interactive way to encourage other families to get outside and be creative.

Organized by the Adirondack Kids book series authors, Gary and Justin VanRiper, with the assistance of Kiwanis of the Central Adirondacks, Adirondack Kids Day offers a chance for families to meet local children’s authors, learn new skills and enjoy a day of free activities.

According to Town of Inlet Department Head Adele Burnett this year’s Adirondack Kids Day will be bigger than the first with the addition of new activities such as the Word of Life Petting Zoo, a inflatable bounce house and Magician Jim Oakey.

“Everything is free at Adirondack Kids Day,” says Burnett. “There will be representatives from the Adirondack Carousel, Wild Center and Black Fly Challenge Race as well as a lot of the same activities from last year. It is a great family-friendly way to be introduced to all there is to do in Inlet.”

The day kicks with a Learn to Draw clinic at the Inlet Library and face painting along with a fishing derby, knot tying workshops and paddling clinics. Make time to meet with wildlife rehabilitator Cindy Page and her Barred Owl, Screech Owl and Eagle Owl as well as Jim Oakley’s magic shows. From noon to 3:00 pm over a dozen authors and illustrators will be available for book signings at the Adirondack Reader.

French Louie ADK Sports will once again host the Kids Fishing Derby with the help of the Inlet Area Business Association. Open to all children 12 and under and accompanied by an adult, the Fishing Derby is a wonderful way to introduce children to the sport of fishing.

“Last year the kids enjoyed the boat ride to the raft as much as the fishing,” says French Louis ADK Sports owner Paul Chambers. “ This year we are doing a lot of the same things. We want to make sure the kids have fun. Everyone gets a little something just for participating. The kids learn how to cast a pole and bait a hook. We provide everything they need like the fishing pole and life jackets. All they need to do is sign up. At the end we give out prizes in different categories like ‘biggest fish’ or ‘most fish caught.’ The look on the kids’ faces when they catch something is amazing. They go crazy.”

Chambers states that the Fishing Derby is a great opportunity to get kids outside and away from their cell phones. Chambers reiterates that safety is always a priority. Children will learn all aspects of fishing while competing in the event. There will be a DEC Ranger on the dock to help with catch and release program.

Schedules and maps for the October 5 event will be at the Kiwanis Information Area at Chambers Commons, near the Adirondack Reader and French Louis.

Photo of Adirondack Kids Day courtesy of Diane Chase,

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.


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