RLCF Children’s Center to offer free, family events at Warrior Fest

INA, Ill. (Sept. 29, 2016) – Spend the day with the young and the young-at-heart at the Rend Lake College Foundation Children’s Center (RLCFCC) during Warrior Fest on Saturday, Oct. 8. Free activities kick off at 10 a.m., featuring big trucks, inflatables, and more.

The highlight of the show, Big Truck Day, will give children a chance to get up close and personal with semi-trucks, tractors of various sizes, a tow truck, a dump truck, and all first responder vehicles: a police car, an ambulance, and a firetruck. All parked in the west parking lot outside the center, trained professionals will be on-hand to let children climb inside and learn about the equipment.

Brooke May, RLCFCC Director, said Big Truck Day is always a draw for local children in the community.

“It’s great fun to watch the children and their parents climb on and sit inside the different trucks and machines throughout the day. We have so much going on during Warrior Fest, but Big Truck Day seems to be a bonus that gives the children hands-on learning,” said May.

ChildrenOnTractorBigTruckDay2015WChildren explored big trucks, tractors, emergency vehicles, and many more items during Big Truck Day at the Rend Lake College Foundation Children's Center during Warrior Fest in 2015. Click on the image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

Also located outside the RLCFCC will be three inflatables manned by RLC AmeriCorps students. RLC’s Project CHILD will offer car seat safety checks for parents in the west parking lot. Children will also have the chance to feed several goats in the petting zoo. As a bonus, the Williamson County Motor Patrol, hosted by the local Shriner’s organization, will also make an appearance during Warrior Fest.

Inside the RLCFCC and recently-opened Skill Development Room, children and parents can participate in free haircuts by licensed cosmetologist Lauren Friar and free dental checks by Dental Safari. Party Town DJ will provide entertainment during the event, and carnival-type food will be available for purchase outside.

A silent auction will line the hallways of the RLCFCC to raise funds to upgrade security cameras at the center. Free door prizes will also be available for those in attendance.

Throughout the day, parents of students who attend or wish to attend the Children’s Center will also have a great chance to meet the center’s teachers and staff, and tour the facility. A pre-registration sign up for potential students in the spring will also be available. The RLCF Children’s Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for more than a decade.

“We’re very excited to be involved with Warrior Fest again this year. It’s a great day for anyone to visit campus and check out all the events we have going on,” said May. “With all of the free children’s activities, we invite everyone to spend their Saturday with their little ones and family.”

For additional information about the children’s events or Big Truck Day, contact Brooke May at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1393 or .

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