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Spring Fling returning Saturday with week of activities for families

By The Herald Staff | 3/12/2014

It’s about giving families something fun to do together, Brenda VanNess said.

Saturday marks the start of Spring Fling, an annual string of activities sponsored by the Franklin County Children’s Coalition along with the Ottawa Library, Ottawa Recreation Center and many other organizations.

It’s about giving families something fun to do together, Brenda VanNess said.

Saturday marks the start of Spring Fling, an annual string of activities sponsored by the Franklin County Children’s Coalition along with the Ottawa Library, Ottawa Recreation Center and many other organizations.

Spring Fling is a week-long event involving different activities children and their parents or other caretakers can participate in together, VanNess, organizer, said.

All but two activities are free, she said. The paid events include breakfast during the Children’s and Adult’s Health Fair and the scheduled skating events.

“The cost for the breakfast is $1 per meal and cost of skating is $2 per skater,” she said. “So if parents just want to watch, it’s not a cost to them.”

Spring Fling is in its 16th year, VanNess said, and was started as something for children and their families to do during the schools’ spring break.

“What we did was, during spring break, we always were told that families don’t have anything to do because families can either not afford to go out of town or maybe they have to work, that type of thing,” she said. “We tried to put in activities so families could spend time together doing activities at little or not cost.”

Children may attend as many or as few events as they want, but must be accompanied by an adult, she said, which can include a sibling, day care teacher or grandparent.

Some of the new activities this year include a “Fun with Police” event where children can learn about police activities and finger printing, VanNess said, as well as “Kids a Cooking,” which is expected to teach children how to make easy and healthful snacks they can enjoy.

“The Kansas City Zoo is coming to do a magical world of animals,” she said. “It’s a magical journey around the world where they’ll discuss different animals and environments and where they live. They’ll be bringing two or three different animals with them.”

The first event is 8 a.m. Saturday at Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa, with the week-long activities wrapping up with a free lunch at noon Saturday March 22 at Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.

More information can be found on the Franklin County Children’s Coalition website, www.fccc4kids.org or by calling the Ottawa Library at (785) 242-3080 or the Ottawa Recreation Center at (785) 242-1939.

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