Fifth Lakewood Kids’ Day Set For Saturday

LAKEWOOD – As America celebrates various groups from mothers to fathers to veterans to groundhogs, on Saturday, Lakewood will celebrate children in their fifth annual Lakewood Kids’ Day.

Held on Chautauqua Avenue and sponsored by the Chautauqua Avenue merchants and the Lakewood Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, the idea was the brainchild of Mindy Sandberg, owner of Mindy’s Place in Lakewood, to celebrate children in the village.

The day will contain food, face painting, a balloon man and a sidewalk coloring contest. The fire and police departments will be at the festivities as well, bringing a fire truck and the K-9 dog respectively. The goal, according to Tilly Solomonson, of the Lakewood Rotary Club, is a fun day for children.

“We hope the children can come out and we can make a fun day for children,” said Solomonson. “Children can show their art (in the sidewalk coloring contest) and win prizes.”

The prizes, donated by local merchants, will be school supplies as the start of the school year draws closer. The festival is marketed as a last “hurrah” before the summer ends.

Children do not need to be Lakewood residents to enjoy the festivities. However, registration at Mindy’s Place, located at 48 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood, is required.

Festivities will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.