By Alan Sorensen
In honor of the Month of the Young Child, Hi-Line Child Care Association is hosting its annual Free Carnival from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 16, at Havre Holiday Village Shopping Center.
The carnival includes karate and dance demonstrations, photos with the Easter Bunny, games, activities, raffles, drawings, book swaps and more.
NW Kenpo Karate members will put on a karate demonstration at 1:30 and the Windy Boys' Native American Dancers will perform at 2:30 p.m.
Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be taken between 1 and 3 p.m. The pictures are free if taken with those two hours.
The book exchange is sponsored by AEYC, Association of Education for Young Children.
Games and activities include: fishing pond, golf, horsey walk, face painting, basketball, bean bag, book nook, rumpus room, balloons and clowns, craft table.
Grand Prize drawings will include four $25 mall gift certificates and a 50/50. The raffle drawing will be at 4 p.m.
Association President Debbie McCormick said every youngster in the area regardless of age is invited to attend and have an enjoyable afternoon of carefree fun and games.
The Hi-Line Child Care Association, which consists of 22 members child care givers, is footing the entire bill this year. And they are prepared for a good turnout.
"We had about 400 kids last year, and we expect 420 this year," McCormick said. "Again, we have back some of the more popular carnival games such as the face painting, bean bag toss, balloons, clowns."
McCormick said the association members provide quality care to their wards and put in a lot of time on the side arranging for the carnival.
"All the prizes for the games are supplied by the Hi-Line Child Care Association for which we did fund-raisers throughout the year," she said. "And the Havre High Key Club is helping us man the games."