Families enjoy a day of play
Audjoa Cooper, 17, helps Matthew Buard, 2, out of a play tunnel at the annual Week of the Young Child Play Day on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal
By Samie Gebers
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

The Week of the Young Child Play Day is Wendy Iruiz’s favorite day of the year. It trumps Christmas, Thanksgiving and birthdays.

“Just seeing families interact with their children and actually having the time to do so makes it worth it,” said Iruiz.

Iruiz helped organize the annual Week of the Young Child Play Day that brought parents and their children together for a time filled with running, laughing, tumbling and exploring.

Malik Forte, 20 months, plays in bubble solution at the annual Week of the Young Child Play Day on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

The event included 50 organizations that set up different stations that children could explore including tumbling set-ups, bubbles, water toys, swings and more.

“We want families to see the importance of play,” Iruiz said.

Sally Ibarra was more than happy to take her children to the event and away from video games and electronics.

“It’s a competition for me as a parent,” Ibarra said. “I have to try to be happier and more exciting than video games.”

Daniel Ibarra, 6, swings on recycled materials provided by Santa Clarita Adventure Play at the annual Week of the Young Child Play Day on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Besides an opportunity for families to spend some times outdoors, Iruiz explains that the different booths and activities inspire ideas for play time.

“We try and create activities that the parents can look at and take home to do it themselves,” Iruiz said.

“I steal ideas,” Jennifer Smith said. “I see what everyone is doing with the kids to find activities that we can do at home.”

Over 500 families attended the free event that was put on by the Early Childhood Education Program at College of the Canyons.

Gavin Banting, 19 months, and Jeff Banting play with water toys at the annual Week of the Young Child Play Day on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal
From left to right, Genessee Therasse, Lilly Jennings, 5, and Philyssa Therasse, 5, brush away ice to excavate toys at the annual Week of the Young Child Play Day on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

About the author

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.

Audjoa Cooper, 17, helps Matthew Buard, 2, out of a play tunnel at the annual Week of the Young Child Play Day on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Families enjoy a day of play

The Week of the Young Child Play Day is Wendy Iruiz’s favorite day of the year. It trumps Christmas, Thanksgiving and birthdays.

“Just seeing families interact with their children and actually having the time to do so makes it worth it,” said Iruiz.

Iruiz helped organize the annual Week of the Young Child Play Day that brought parents and their children together for a time filled with running, laughing, tumbling and exploring.

Malik Forte, 20 months, plays in bubble solution at the annual Week of the Young Child Play Day on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

The event included 50 organizations that set up different stations that children could explore including tumbling set-ups, bubbles, water toys, swings and more.

“We want families to see the importance of play,” Iruiz said.

Sally Ibarra was more than happy to take her children to the event and away from video games and electronics.

“It’s a competition for me as a parent,” Ibarra said. “I have to try to be happier and more exciting than video games.”

Daniel Ibarra, 6, swings on recycled materials provided by Santa Clarita Adventure Play at the annual Week of the Young Child Play Day on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Besides an opportunity for families to spend some times outdoors, Iruiz explains that the different booths and activities inspire ideas for play time.

“We try and create activities that the parents can look at and take home to do it themselves,” Iruiz said.

“I steal ideas,” Jennifer Smith said. “I see what everyone is doing with the kids to find activities that we can do at home.”

Over 500 families attended the free event that was put on by the Early Childhood Education Program at College of the Canyons.

Gavin Banting, 19 months, and Jeff Banting play with water toys at the annual Week of the Young Child Play Day on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal
From left to right, Genessee Therasse, Lilly Jennings, 5, and Philyssa Therasse, 5, brush away ice to excavate toys at the annual Week of the Young Child Play Day on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

About the author

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.