Announcement: Children’s Day postponed to 2021.
We know many of you are wondering about the fate of Children’s Day 2020. The core leadership team has discussed the feasibility and safety of holding the festival this year, and have determined that we will not hold Children’s Day in 2020.
Some of the factors in the decision:
- The Children’s Day Festival typically draws well over 1,000 guests. In this season of life, where folks have been confined and isolated, a festival like this could likely draw even more folks, and from a greater geographical range. It is unknown if gatherings of this size will be permissible.
- We don’t know if this event would be permitted by local authorities. We don’t know what phase we’ll be in.
- There is uncertainty of the availability and the expense of essential safety supplies (hand sanitizer, extra hand washing stations, masks, etc)
- Certain features, like the bouncy houses, would be excluded. These are one of the main draws of our event.
- Serving lunch, another key feature of our event, would be more than challenging.
- The logistics of implementing a safe event (masks for everyone, distancing, flow) are, well, kind of a nightmare and will bring the fun factor wayyyyy down.
- We initially moved Children’s Day to the Community Center so that we would have a fail-proof rain-out plan. Large indoor events are inadvisable at this time, particularly crowded hallways and classrooms, so we would be back to not having a rain-out location.
- Additionally, during this time, there is a significant increased workload for all organizations and businesses, to adapt to the current situation just to meet the basic needs of our community. Staffing a booth at Children’s Day may be just too much for small organizations, and what would Children’s Day be without them?!
We’re sorry for the disappointment this will cause for our kids. This fun gift to our community’s children will return when it is safer to do so. Children’s Day will not fade away, we’ll return to it!
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Join for the biggest, friendliest, “familiest” event in 2020!
Enjoy bounce houses, pony rides, entertainment, 30+ interactive booths and even a free lunch! All provided to you at NO COST, courtesy of local organizations and businesses that support children and their families.
We have dozens of fun FREE activities planned for you, and these will be offered from 10AM-2PM (while supplies last).
Our venue, South Whidbey Community Center can host us rain or shine!
723 Camano Ave, Langley, WA 98260
Parking is available in the Community Center’s front parking area, North parking lot (behind WICA), South baseball field, the Island Church of Whidbey, and the nearby Langley Noble Creek Transit Center.
Check Back! While supplies last, and subject to change. Be sure to pick up your PASSPORT first, gather stamps, then pick up a prize at the INFO booth!
Interested in bringing your organization to Children’s Day?
It’s free to have a booth, but you must meet certain guidelines, namely providing an awesome, free, fun, kid-oriented activity. No donations may be accepted for any cause and no products may be sold. Promotional materials may be displayed and additional information disseminated, but free children’s activities must be the primary purpose of your participation. Complete our Participation Agreement and submit it by August 19 (Link to be updated soon): Participation Agreement
Volunteers are an essential part of Children’s Day. Sign up here to lend a hand! (Link to be updated soon)
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to go to Children’s Day?
Admission, lunch, parking and all activities are FREE, thanks to the generosity and support of 40+ participating organizations. While supplies last.
What’s for lunch?
Tasty and nutritious offerings, courtesy of Whidbey Island Nourishes! Menu TBA.
What should I bring?
Travel light! Bring a re-fillable water bottle. We provide a light lunch (while supplies last), but you may want to bring snacks and water of your own. Sun protection, weather-appropriate clothing (layers!), and something to easily carry your things in (you’ll pick up goodies throughout the day) are good to bring.
Can I bring my dog/pet?
No. For the safety and consideration of all guests, we request that you leave all pets at home. Many children are frightened by dogs. Service animals, as defined by the A.D.A., are welcome.
Can I smoke or vape at Children’s Day?
No, the event is smoke, vape and drug free. Use of tobacco is prohibited in any park, with the exception of vehicle parking areas, at least 25 feet away from other park users and at least 25 feet from any building entrance or park feature (i.e.-sports fields, playgrounds, picnic shelters). Tobacco use is defined as the smoking or lighting of cigarettes, cigars, or pipe tobacco, the use of electronic cigarettes, vaping, or the use of smokeless tobacco, with the exception of parking areas 30+ feet away from fields, playgrounds, and buildings.
Is there a 21+ Beer/Wine Garden?
No. Alcohol is not permitted at Children’s Day.
When is it least crowded?
It’s usually least crowded between 10 and 11am.
Where can I get information or help?
The Children’s Day Committee will have an information booth.
How can I become a sponsor for Children’s Day?
Please contact the South Whidbey Children’s Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 221-4499. Mailing address: 120 E 6th St, Langley, WA 98260. Your donation may be tax deductible.
Who puts on Children’s Day and why?
Children’s Day is a gift to the children of our Whidbey Island community. The Children’s Day Festival has been a collaborative effort by many service organizations since its inception in 1998.
- Island County has been a major financial contributor.
- South Whidbey Children’s Center is our Fiscal Agent.
- The South Whidbey Community Center is hosting the event.
- Whidbey Island Nourishes, The Backyard Whidbey, South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District, and The Readiness to Learn Foundation organize the event.
Who’s going to be at Children’s Day?
- Armstrong’s ATA Martial Arts
- The Backyard Whidbey
- Boy Scouts of America, Island District (Cub Scouts)
- Child Care Aware /Early Achievers/Opportunity Council
- Citizens Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse (CADA)
- Community Wellness Coalition
- Dave Welton Photography
- Fairy Magic Children’s Entertainment Services
- Family Resource Center
- FunRent Festival Rentals
- Girl Scouts of Western Washington
- Greenbank Women’s Clinic & Birth Center
- I.D.I.P.I.C. Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County
- ICOM 911
- Island County 4-H
- Island County Dept of Natural Resources
- Island County Parent Support Program
- Island County Public Health HIYI Scholarship
- Island County Public Health WIC & ABCD
- Island Senior Resources
- Island Strings
- Langley Police Department
- Lang’s Horse & Pony Farm
- Meaningful Movement Dance & Yoga
- Mother Mentors of Whidbey Island/Playscape
- Oak Harbor Pediatric Dentistry
- Opportunity Council
- Orca Network
- Pediatric Associates of Whidbey
- Puget Sound Energy
- Readiness to Learn Foundation
- Rubatano Marimba
- Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island
- Skagit Valley College/ECEAP Preschool
- Sno-Isle Libraries
- South Island Crossfit
- South Whidbey Children’s Center
- South Whidbey Community Center
- South Whidbey Fire/EMS
- South Whidbey Food Advisory Team
- South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District
- South Whidbey Schools Foundation
- Tiger Martial Arts
- Toddler Learning Center
- Trinity Preschool
- Whidbey Children’s Theater
- Whidbey Coffee
- Whidbey Health
- Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN), South Whidbey School Farm & Garden
- Whidbey Veterans Resource Center