More than 1,400 families escaped the winter cold by attending the first-ever District 194 Activities and Sports Festival Feb. 24 at Kenwood Trail Middle School. The event featured more than 40 district and community organizations offering hands-on experiences in everything from educational opportunities to fine arts to sports, clubs and organizations.
Children tested their skills in the long jump, dribbled soccer balls with high school students, created jewelry, and raced through the obstacle course bounce house, to name a few activities.
“There was no shortage of activities for families to engage in,” said Steve Porter, director of Community Education and member of the Activities and Sports Festival Steering Committee.
There was also a DJ, an opportunity to snap pictures with the district’s mascots, and performances scheduled throughout the day featuring everything from dance to choir and band. Additionally, 50 attendees received tickets to participate in open swim at the end of the festival.
“The District 194 Activities and Sports Festival was a great opportunity to bring the community together during the winter months to discover all that our schools, clubs and associations have to offer families,” Porter said. “This event also gave community members the chance to explore activities they may or may not have considered participating in before.”
The event provided the opportunity for children of all ages to learn more about an activity or a sport, and District 194 players and coaches spoke with interested students.
“We are excited about the outcome and the feedback we received from our vendors and the public, and look forward to bringing this event annually to the residents of Lakeville Area Public Schools,” Porter said.