Kids’ Day fun

Krystle Wagner • Jan 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The sound of hammers pounding nails into wood carried into the hallway at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA.

Families made wooden helicopters and birdhouses from Home Depot kits during the Winterfest Kids’ Day activities on Saturday. Throughout the afternoon, children also participated in a bounce house, had their faces painted and received a balloon animal.

After racing down the hill at Mulligan’s Hollow during the Cardboard Sled Race, Sarah Ver Duin and her friends explored the Kids’ Day activities.

Ver Duin, 8, and her friends, Malia Risko and Claire Robb, all had their faces painted like cats to be triplets.

Ver Duin said they enjoy all of the activities.

“It’s fun,” she said.

The Naplin family traveled from Vicksburg to attend Winterfest for the first time on Saturday.

Laura and Lee Naplin and their children, Addison and Lukas, watched the Cardboard Sled Race before checking out Kids’ Day.

Overall, Laura Naplin said they had a fun time.

“We thought it was great,” she said.

When it came their turn for a balloon animal, Ali Highhill, 8, chose a rabbit while her friend, Norah Meerman, 6, opted for a cat.

The two friends said they enjoyed seeing their friends and participating in the different Winterfest events.

With children and parents gathered around the lanes, Landon Hathaway, 11, and Grayson Hathaway, 4, placed Spin Cycle and Andi for the 2018 Race of Kings.

Although Andi took off at first, Spin Cycle powered ahead toward the finish line.

The group cheered as the 1-year-old mouse was declared the winner.

Landon Hathaway received a first place blue ribbon for his mouse’s efforts.

“We wanted to come out here and do something fun,” he said.

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