Hundreds Gather for Annual Kids Day in Hyannis

HYANNIS – Hundreds of kids came out to the back fields at Barnstable High School Wednesday for the 21st annual Kids Day.

Barnstable Police host the event which includes equipment and vehicles from area emergency service agencies, demonstrations, a “Dunk-a-Cop” dunk tank, bounce houses and free food, drinks and ice cream.

Barnstable Detective Kevin Connolly said the event gets bigger and bigger every year.

“We have tons of donations where we are able to buy bicycles and beach towels and fidget spinners and just give them out to the kids and all the food is free,” Connolly said. “It really is just such a wonderful event that the parents can bring the kids here and know they don’t have to spend a dime.”

Connolly says the event helps build relationships between the town’s youth and police and fire personnel so they won’t be afraid to ask for help.

“One of the things we try to instill in the kids is that we are not the boogeyman. We don’t like the parents saying, ‘oh there is the police and they are going to take you away,’” Connolly said. “We don’t like that boogeyman mentality because when a child is lost they are supposed to look for someone in uniform to help them.”

Several community service organizations were on hand to provide information on services and programs to parents, including Children’s Cove, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands and Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands.

The event was created in 1997 by the Hyannis Fire Department and was originally held at Aselton Park.

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