Nonprofit organizations host fun events for kidsWritten by Christine Senack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
To help combat the epidemic of childhood obesity, four years ago the Junior League of Toledo joined the parent organization, Association of Junior Leagues International, in creating a series of national signature events known as “Kids in the Kitchen.” The goal of the effort is to educate parents and children about healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle. The events include hands-on cooking activities, physical fitness exercises and information to empower parents and kids to make better lifestyle choices.
The local event was held on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Seagate Center. The first 500 children received a goody bag and a free lunch from Panera. The event was so popular that the League exhausted its supply of goody bags within the first two hours. A Wii Fit, bicycles and Mud Hens tickets were among the giveaways.
Penta Culinary Arts School chefs provided workshops for students to learn how to make healthy snacks and meals, and gave chef’s hats to all participants. Local businesses manned booths and engaged children with interactive activities teaching them about exercise and nutrition in an exciting way.
The mission of the Junior League of Toledo is to promote volunteerism, community involvement and the development of women. The League creates projects in our community that provide long-lasting change and uses those projects to give its members extensive experience in leadership, organizational development, needs assessment, planning, communications, advocacy and fundraising.
Also on Oct. 10 in Downtown, the Imagination Station opened its familiar doors to children and their parents during its grand opening. The venue formerly known as COSI, greeted guests with balloons, streamers and new exhibits as well as many of the old favorites.
The science museum now features a hurricane chamber, where people can experience what it is like to stand in a gale force wind, and water vortex that is mesmerizing with 600 gallons of swirling water. Longtime favorite exhibits from the former COSI include the high wire cycle, the simulator ride and the gravity room.
The Imagination Station opened with a new circus themed exhibit sponsored by Clear Channel Communications. The whole family can dress up in circus costumes and take the stage or perform on the tightrope or participate in sideshow acts.
While the museum is supported by a tax levy, memberships and business sponsorship are crucial to the viability of the Imagination Station. Memberships start at $55. For former members of COSI that had time remaining on their membership, that time will be added on the end of any new membership purchased. Business support for the museum is lead by BP, First Solar, O-I and other engineering and science-based businesses making a commitment to keep a science museum in northwest Ohio.
Christine Senack is a Toledo-based consultant connecting people, places and things for the greater good of our community. For more event photos and video highlights, connect with her on Facebook.com.