Fort McCoy News August 23, 2013

Day for Kids event expected to attract hundreds

Fort McCoy's Day for Kids event draws hundreds of Families to the installation each year for a day of Family fun.

The event, which is free and open to all Fort McCoy Families, is set for Saturday, Sept. 14. The kids fun run begins at 9 a.m., and other activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Post Community Center, building 6158. A complimentary hot dog lunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or while supplies last.

Fun run registration forms are available by calling the Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) School Age/Youth Center at 608-388-4373.

Participants are asked to register prior to the event to ensure they receive a free T-shirt.

Start times for each age group will be based on the number of participants and will be determined at a later date.

"In previous years there have been 300 to 400 attendees, and we expect to see that many people again this year," said Cori Yahnke, Fort McCoy School Age and Youth Center director.

This is the first time the event will be held on South Post, Yahnke said.

"It's a good way to reach out to the military Families on South Post by giving them the convenient opportunity of walking to the event," she said. "(South Post's) Patriot Park and the housing area also have a lot of great resources, such as the tennis courts, that we thought would be a great addition to Day for Kids."

Yahnke said activities include of a variety of kid-centric games and activities including activity/informational booths by various installation organizations, door prizes, and inflatable games.

"Families can come enjoy a great day at the park, get a free lunch, and maybe win a door prize," she said.

New to this year's event is a U.S. Tennis Association Tennis Play Day hosted by the Fort McCoy CYSS.

"Since we will be outdoors we thought it would be fun to introduce the kids' tennis program and use the nice courts in the housing area," Yahnke said.

"Attendees can have fun being physically active with their youth by encouraging them to join the Kids' fun run, play in the inflatable games, and enjoy an introduction to kids' tennis," Yahnke said.

Yahnke said parking at the event is limited so attendees must use caution when parking on South Post streets and while walking to and from the event.

For more information about the event, call 608-388-4373.