SAFE KIDS DAY (awareness about preventable injuries) #SafeKidsDay

19 Apr

On Saturday afternoon, April 12, Safe Kids Worldwide held its second annual Safe Kids Day at The Highline Stages in NYC to help raise funds and awareness about preventable injuries, the number one killer of children in the United States. My kids and I were excited to attend and learn how to prevent injuries. (Safety first). I also invited my cousin along to join in on the fun.

Special guests in attendance included: Cristen & Nigel Barker (host, The Face), Genevieve Gorder (host, HGTV’s Dear Genevieve), Felipe Lopez (retired basketball player), Bellamy & Tallulah Novogratz (HGTV’s Home by Novogratz), Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) & David Basche (The Exes), Nick Stevenson (Orange is the New Black), and more.

Guests were treated to a “carnival” themed event featuring booths with classic games and experiences that helped promote child safety. The festive atmosphere invited families to participate in different activities including a Fun House with an oversized “in the eyes of a child” kitchen, an Imagination Playground, face painting, balloon making, and more. “Click” the Talking Carseat Fortune Teller was a big hit with kids of all ages, utilizing his comedic wit to teach children about the importance of wearing a seatbelt; and there was a cool, virtual-reality car game to help teach kids about road safety.

My kids had fun at the oversized basketball court that were available as soon as we walked in. If you got the ball in the hoop kids were given a sticker to put in their booklet. Your booklet had to contain a sticker from each station in order to receive a prize at the end. Former NBA star Felipe Lopez was on hand to help some of the shorter children slam-dunk oversized basketballs. This station emphasized safety on the playground.

The giant ball pit was a favorite for my kids who put on life jackets and jumped in. This station focused on water safety. All the kids looked as if they were swimming and just having an amazing time. Even the smallest kids were adorable. My kids dived right in. (No shoes allowed).

There were face painting stations that my kids made it their business to get their arms painted with amazing art work.

There was even a stunt bike show by professional biker Chris Clark. Even professionals must wear helmets and that was demonstrated in his heart racing, mouth dropping performance. Bell Bike Helmets were at the event to provide kids ages 1 and up with helmets for bike safety. My kids were excited to get a cool helmet.

My son and cousin tried out the driving simulator courtesy of General Motors, and Chevrolet. My daughter sat in the back seat. The kids also sat on a real fire truck parked outside and received a fire hat. (Not a real one).

There were other fun games and entertainment for the kids as well. We also were treated to food at the food trucks that were parked outside for the guests. Uncle Gussy’s amazing Greek food provided us with gyros, Greek fries, and cheeseburgers. Gorilla Cheese had delicious tater tots and grilled cheese nice and hot and gooey. Yum!!! Coolhaus kept everyone nice and cool on that hot day with their gourmet ice cream sandwiches. Fed Ex parked outside with gift bags for guests.

It was a great turnout for Safe Kids Day and just want to thank everyone for putting this event together and for the invite. Can’t wait for the next one!!

Safe Kids Day was presented by Children’s Tylenol, with support from the General Motors Foundation, FedEx, Chevrolet, and others.

At the following link you’ll find exclusive images (**photo credit: Safe Kids Worldwide) from the Safe Kids Day NYC event : http://goo.gl/Ksnstl

And below are links to additional images & footage from the event.

House Photos can be accessed via Getty: http://goo.gl/KpgjQb (**photo credit: Safe Kids Worldwide) as well as http://goo.gl/3jx3JH (**photo credit: Karen Sterling/Safe Kids Worldwide).

House B-Roll Footage and includes red carpet interviews featuring Cristen & Nigel Barker, Genevieve Gorder, Felipe Lopez, Bellamy & Tallulah Novogratz, Alysia Reiner & David Basche, and Nick Stevenson, as well as inside footage from the event: https://www.hightail.com/download/elNLWUhqTStRR2REZU1UQw

ABOUT SAFE KIDS WORLDWIDE
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 600 coalitions in the United States and in 23 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 55 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere. Join our effort at safekids.org.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% mine as always.

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