‘Super Saturday’ kids event set for Feb. 2

January 20, 2019

HUNTINGTON — The United Way of the River Cities will host its 19th annual Super Kids, Super Families, Super Saturday event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

The free event is organized as way for children and families to connect with many of the community’s available services in a fun environment full of games, prizes, snacks and crafts. Kid-friendly activities include birdhouse building with Heritage Farm Museum and Village, getting up close with a firetruck provided by the Huntington Fire Department, and fun activities at each information table.

“It’s an outreach with the basic idea of connect them with all the support services, such as the library with reading help, or medical help,” said Lena Burdette, director of education initiative with United Way of the River Cities. “We’d like to gather them in one place, but is geared toward children. All our participants are asked to have activities for kids.”

Around 300 to 400 children, not counting the adults, attend the event each year.

The overarching theme is built around providing resources for parents and caregivers based on the 12 tips for raising a healthy child.

The 12 tips are: the first years last forever; love and affection cannot spoil a baby; talk, read and sing to your child; have a regular schedule for your children; play is the work of the young child; pay attention to your child; take care of yourself; discipline to teach, not to punish; choose quality child care and stay involved; children develop at different rates; give you child a childhood; and children need to know they matter.

There will be a raffle drawing every 10 minutes for participants, and a grand prize for visiting each table. Children will leave with a slew of crafts, books and fun material for attending.

“They really enjoy it,” Burdette said. “It’s in the middle of winter, and it’s actually fun for the whole family.”

Super Kids, Super Families, Super Saturday is a product of Success By 6, an education initiative of United Way of the River Cities. Success By 6 seeks to ensure that all children are ready physically, mentally, developmentally, emotionally and socially to begin kindergarten.

The event is sponsored by Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Hunting Hospital, Cabell County Schools and The Herald-Dispatch.