Celebrating Children

This annual event, presented by GrowSmart in collaboration with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is free and open to the public. Programming includes a Fun Run around Mt. Trashmore Park, inflatables, kid-friendly games, crafts and activities.

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Celebrating Children

Thank you for an amazing event! We are looking forward to returning in 2023. Stay tuned for updates.

JOIN US ON APRIL 30, 2022 

As a way to promote a healthy lifestyle for families, GrowSmart is pleased to be bringing back the Celebrating Children event for the first time since the start of the pandemic. We invite families to join us for a morning filled with kid-friendly activities and parent information and resources. 

WHO IS THIS EVENT FOR? 

Celebrating Children, like other GrowSmart events and programming, is geared towards families with children 0-8 year old but older siblings and relatives are also welcome to participate! 

WHEN AND WHERE WILL THIS EVENT TAKE PLACE?

Celebrating Children will take place on Saturday, April 30th from 8:30am until noon at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? 

NOTHING! This event is 100% free of charge and open to the public thanks to the generous support of our corporate sponsors, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, and GrowSmart- the City of Virginia Beach's early childhood education initiative. 

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

No problem! Keep scrolling to find out more about the event's programming. 

READY TO SIGN UP? 

Click below to register for the Fun Run. Although this event is 100% free and open to all families, we ask that you register in advance for the run so we can reserve a race packet for you/your children. You can pick up this packet when you arrive at Mount Trashmore on April 30. The packet includes a race bib with safety pins, an event map, and some goodies in a drawstring bag. 

REGISTER NOW

WHAT TO EXPECT 

Celebrating Children typically attracts 1,000+ people who are interested in participating in a 1-mile walk/run around Mount Trashmore, enjoy live entertainment and amusements, and visit resource booths where community organizations will be showcasing their programs and services available to families. 

Every Fun Run Participant will receive a medal! 

Our family-friendly event will also highlight Child Abuse Prevention Month & Month of the Military Child. 

Music by Astro DJ's and 94.9 Radio personality Devin will be onsite!!

In addition to the Fun Run, you can expect to find the event: 

  • Kid-friendly games, crafts & activities 
  • Bounces House and Kiddie Inflatables 
  • Foodbank Mobile Market, which will offer fresh fruit, nutritional information, family-friendly recipes, food assistance information and tours 
  • VBCPS Reading Bus 
  • Virginia Beach Public Library's Story Walk 
  • Virginia Department of Health: The VDH Mobile Vaccine Unit will be offering COVID-19 vaccines including 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th doses (both pediatric and adult doses) Appointment scheduling is available, click here!

2022 EXHIBITORS  

Parents can expect to find on-site resources and information regarding: 

  • Back to School Immunizations 
  • CDC Milestone Checklists 
  • HRDSI Screening/ASQ Screening 
  • Library account registration 
  • Healthy Families/Babycare 
  • VBCPS Pre-K Program
  • WIC Program 
  • Virginia Beach Infant Program services 
  • Parks & Recreation Early Childhood Programs 
  • NAMI Coastal Virginia Programs 
  • CHKD Workshops and Webinars 
  • Square One Trainings 
  • LENA Start Classes- Technology and programs available for free to parents who wish to strengthen their family's role in supporting the healthy development of children
  • The Fleet and Family Support Center/Exceptional Family Member Program will have military family materials, resources and information 


THIS EVENT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS 

This event is presented by GrowSmart, in collaboration with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, and is 100% free to the public thanks to our sponsors.

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EVENT SCHEDULE 

GrowSmart looks forward to welcoming families to its 2022 Celebrating Children event! Below is the event schedule: 

8:30 AM - Race Registration/Packet Pickup Begins 

9:00 AM - Children's Activities/Stage DJ 

9:15 AM - Race Warm Up & Welcome 

9:30 AM - Race Start: Ages 5 & Up 

9:45 AM - Race Start: Ages 4 & Under/Strollers 

10:00 AM - Children's Activities/Exhibitors 

12:00 PM - Event Ends 

The event will come to an end around noon but families are welcome to stay and enjoy the amenities of Mount Trashmore Park, which features numerous picnic shelters, playgrounds, volleyball courts, skate park, a shared-use path, outdoor fitness stations and a boardwalk. 

Please note that public restrooms and free, onsite parking are available! 

EVENT MAP 

Event Map

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 

If you would like to get involved, GrowSmart is still looking for volunteers to help with the event! Sign up below and we will be in touch with you shortly to discuss all the different ways you can make a difference in ensuring we have a successful event! 

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER

REGISTER FOR FUN RUN