Kids Day returns Saturday


STANDISH — Santa will be joining local children for breakfast at St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and then children will be able to visit participating businesses from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where several activities will await them during Kids Day.

Hosted by the Standish Area Chamber of Commerce, Kids Day includes, along with the hospital, eight local businesses. The Standish Historical Depot, FirstMerit Bank, Little Joe’s RadioShack, Shopko, McDonald’s, Rite Aid, The Horizon Senior Living and Eden Fields are all participating this year, according to Kids Day coordinator Lisa Saunders.

Saunders said Kids Day has been held in Standish for roughly six years, and that participating businesses typically see between 50 and 80 children and their families come through the door during it.

“The businesses that participate typically come back and participate the next year too, because it’s exciting to see the kids coming in and having fun during the day,” she said. “It’s a fun kickoff to the holiday season.”

Eden Fields is participating for the first time this year. Saunders said for Eden Fields and The Horizon Senior Living center, Kids Day is not just a treat for the children who make crafts there.

“It’s nice to get the kids in there,” she said. “The residents at those businesses really enjoy the interaction with the kids.”

Craft projects in the businesses will include homemade decorations and ornaments, bird feeders and cookie decorating, Saunders said. At the depot, Arenac County 4-H will also provide an activity, she said. The Arenac County Independent will also provide children with bags at the depot, which they can use to carry their crafts in as they travel from business to business.

Kids Day is held rain, snow or shine, Saunders said. The weather doesn’t typically slow too many people when it comes to participating, she said, as Kids Day has become a popular attraction every year.

“People look forward to it,” she said. “We start getting questions about when it is weeks in advance.”


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