TOPEKA - Governor Jeff Colyer has declared April 14, 2018, as Safe Kids Day in Kansas and to celebrate we are hosting a family fun day at the Topeka Zoo. Safe Kids Day at the Zoo is an annual event that helps teach children and their grown-ups how to prevent injuries.

Each year, one out of every four children in the U.S. needs medical attention due to unintentional injuries. The good news is most of these injuries are preventable. When we talk about preventing injuries, we’re not talking about skinned knees, bruised shins and scraped elbows. Those are the signs of a curious child exploring the world. But there are things we can all do to ensure that those bumps and bruises don’t turn into more disabling injuries and deaths. Safe Kids Kansas and our coalition partners support child safety through awareness, education, programs and smart policies. We provide adults with simple steps they can take to keep the children in their lives safer.

Safe Kids Day at the Zoo offers an entire day of interactive education, games, resources for parents and entertainment in addition to visiting your favorite animals. Regular zoo admission rates apply. Starting when the gates open at 9 a.m., families are invited to wander through the zoo, and learn about ways to be safe and healthy. More than 300 free bicycle helmets will be available to be fitted to your child for safety by trained volunteers. To receive a helmet your child must be present. Helmets are available only while supplies last. You can also win prizes by participating in our Safety Scavenger Hunt. The event will wrap-up at 3 p.m.

In addition to the 30 partners hosting booths at the zoo, Happy Faces Entertainment will be hosting games to get your kids moving and having fun. The Kansas Ballet Academy will be performing dances in the Pavilion at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Westar Energy will be giving an eye-opening electricity safety demonstration throughout the day (weather permitting).

We couldn’t do this important work without the support of our sponsors. We thank Stormont Vail Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Westar Energy, the Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas Emergency Nurses’ Association, Sunflower Health Plan, Child Care Aware of Kansas and the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital for their financial support. In addition, we want to thank our national event sponsors, Johnson & Johnson, FedEx, Nationwide and Tide.

For more information, visit http://www.safekidskansas.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Safe Kids Kansas

The mission of Safe Kids Kansas is to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Kansas is a nonprofit coalition with over 70 statewide member organizations, agencies and businesses, all dedicated to keeping our Kansas kids safe from preventable injuries. Safe Kids Kansas is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Kids Kansas was founded in 1991 and is led by the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment. For more information, visit safekids.org or www.safekidskansas.org.