ATASCADERO — Attendees at the 30th Annual Children's Day in the Park event at Atascadero Lake Park on April 6 enjoyed a slightly warm spring day and a tour of booths offering activities and play.
Lisa Fraser, executive director of The Link Family Resource Center, said anecdotally that the turnout seemed much larger than 2018, with 40 “vendors” from local nonprofits and community support agencies.
Ticket sales for a $3 bracelet offering unlimited “bounce house” visits help defray the cost of organizing the event as well as give an idea of attendance.
A similar event is being organized for the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza on April 13, although that one, put on by the First 5 of SLO County, will likely lack the Atascadero Elk Club’s ubiquitous mini-train rides, a feature at North County events.
Resources showcased, which local parents may not be aware of, include Pregnancy and Parenting support from San Luis Obispo County which offers diapers and a box of linens and other supplies to start off a home nursery as well as pre-K daycare options through area religious institutions. Summers camps and regional centers for children with disabilities also sent representatives.
Agencies employed multiple strategies to attract attention. The SLO County Health Agency announced their low cost dental care options with a blue plush dinosaur in possession of human teeth, while the Atascadero Teachers Association went low key, simply reminding parents that teaching is more than a dayjob, and a reminder that they’re in the community daily too.
Students from area dance classes gave exhibition performances, joined a DJ and other entertainers for the afternoon.
Families seeking assistance in any particular areas of concern are encouraged to contact the Link at 805-466-5404, to see what may be available.