Winter Games free kids' carnival approaches

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Seasons Center for Behavioral Health and Autumn's Center is hosting the seventh-annual Winter Games free kids' carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Bedell Family YMCA in Spirit Lake.

Attendees can choose from many different activities, including face painting, carnival games, inflatables, rock climbing wall and a craft table. New additions this year include an offering of 30-minute classes by Kindermusik at the Lakes, two face painters, new games and more inflatables. Families are encouraged to register online (for free) for the Kindermusik classes ahead of time.

"We look forward to putting on this free family event each year during the Okoboji Winter Games," said Katie Ping, Marketing and Events Coordinator at Seasons Center. "The carnival is a great way to provide outreach and resources to those who may benefit from our services and programs."

Parking will be available in the south parking lot and the carnival will be accessible through the front entrance. Lunch will be available for purchase with proceeds from food sales will benefit the Bedell Family YMCA.

"We're excited to again be a site for one of the many Winter Games activities," YMCA of the Okobojis CEO Andrew Fisher said. "Winter Games weekend is typically thought of as specifically adult-oriented activities. We’re proud to partner with Seasons Center to offer activities that kids and families can enjoy."

Last year, a little more than 1,200 children and their families attended the annual kid-friendly event. A free-will donation is welcome, with proceeds benefiting Autumn's Center and Camp Autumn, which have jointly served over 1,500 children in northwest Iowa through various services that promote healing and hope.

Seasons is currently accepting toy or gift basket donations from local businesses or individuals to be raffled off at the prize table during the free kids' carnival. Donations, questions or media inquiries can be directed to Ping. at 712-262-2922 x1322 or kping@seasonscenter.org.

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