The sixth annual Kids First Friday will be held tomorrow starting at 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the mural parking lot across from the Community Arts Center on West Fourth Street.
"Piggy backing" off of the established First Friday downtown each month, Kids First Friday is held on the first Friday in August.
Kids First Friday started as a result of the idea to start collaborating with other service clubs.
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Attendees at a previous Kids First Friday visited booths with kid-friendly games and activities. Show, a young girl creates spin art at one of the activities tables.
Mike Barclay, past president of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsport and one of a number of community members who thought of the idea of Kids First Friday, attended a Kiwanis international convention in San Antonio, Texas, in 2006, where a Kiwanis international resolution was passed to "start a spirit of collaboration with other service clubs."
"Basically, we all serve our communities, so let's work together instead of competing with each other. I brought this idea back with me to Williamsport," Barclay said.
Kiwanis members liked the idea, and then the Williamsport Rotary Club, Lions Club, Newberry Lions and Kiwanis Club of Williamsport joined together in a joint project, which has become Kids First Friday.
Chairmen of this year's event are Tony Perrotta of the Salvation Army, and also a member of the Williamsport Rotary Club.
Ultimately, the objective of Kids First Friday is to have a fun community event while also providing a community service.
Their hope is that the event brings even more people downtown and the objective of the event is to inform while also having fun.
According to Barclay, it works.
"Evidently it seems to work, because August has become one of the best attended First Friday events of the year," he said.
"We ask each organization to have an interactive activity for the children. We also encourage each organization to provide information in regards to the services they provide to the community," Barclay said.
Some of these organizations include the Salvation Army, the YMCA, the YWCA, James V. Brown Library, Girl Scouts, ACES, Williamsport Mother's and More, Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity, Lycoming Nursery School, North Central Sight Services, West Branch School, Lycoming-Clinton Breast Feeding Coalition, Lycoming Historical Society, Susquehanna Community Health and Dental Care, Lycoming United Way and the Dewald Foundation.
Some interactive games that will be available for children include face painting, spin wheel art, balloons, bean bag toss and bead bracelets. Additionally, Barclay said, the National Guard will have a military vehicle on display and the City of Williamsport Fire Department will have a fire truck.
"The five main event sponsoring organizations, Kiwanis Club of Williamsport, Kiwanis Club of Loyalsock, Williamsport Rotary, Williamsport Lions Club and Newberry Lions Club, will provide a bounce house and an inflatable basketball hoop for the children to play with," Barclay said.
According to Barclay, any proceeds that exceed underwriting the event will be donated to a children's charity.
Be sure not to miss this event that gives your child an opportunity to explore the arts and interact with other important members of the community who are dedicated to great causes.
First Friday events
Outdoor First Friday
Corner of Fourth and Pine streets.
Three new bands and a performer. Also, artist John Nicholson will be doing live painting on Pine Street.
140 W. Fourth St.
6 to 9 p.m.
Matthew Rose - "The Letters."
Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Co.
407 W. Fourth St. 7 to 9 p.m.
Third Anniversary Party. Live music by Tony Halchak and art by Christina Moliterno and Joe Troxler. Two new coffees will debut: Rwanda Dukunde Kawa Coop and El Salvador Malacara B.
James V. Brown Library
19 E. Fourth St. 7 p.m.
The James V. Brown Library Mentalist Terry G. Smith and "The World of E.S.P." with guest presenter John O'Brien. Grand Finale: Strongbox prediction revealed.
420 Pine St.
Paintings by Lisa Darrow and hand-blown glass art.
135 W. Third St.
New works by Howard Tran.
357 Pine St.
In celebration of Kids' First Friday, Gustonian Gifts will offer arts and crafts projects featuring Sleevie Savers, a product created by local mom entrepreneurs Katie Bell and Lauren Bryson.
Eagle Rock Winery
414 W. Fourth St. 5 p.m.
Eagle Rock Winery is proud to present Casey Fry, who will sign her books during First Friday hours. A reading also will be done. Additionally, new art work from Mark Golomb and Kathy Sterngold will be available.
343 Pine St.
GG2 will host Kristen Hill and her jewelry designs. Hill strives to express her artistic skills and touch as many people as possible by creating simple and intricate, unique, attractive, high-quality jewelry.
The Sunflower Cafe and Bakery
145 W. Fourth St.
Kids cookie decorating and sidewalk chalk.
213 W. Fourth St. 5 to 8 p.m.
Pop of Color Boutique by Tasha Lehman featuring headbands, hairclips, bows, onesies and more. The Creative Bee by Barb Fischer featuring crocheted items, reusable coffee sleeves and more.
400 Pine St. 5 to 8 p.m.
Sidewalk sale. With any purchase, customers receive a bingo card for August Facebook games.
107 W. Fourth St. 5 to 8 p.m.
Dan Brauning, author of "Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania and the Mid Atlantic" and Bill Russell, author of "Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid Atlantic," will be speaking with would-be nature lovers.
Diane McGinnis, a retired school nurse in the Loyalsock school district, will be signing her paperback picture book about the school nurse,"Call Mom."
And James C. Humes, formerly of Williamsport, will be signing his new book, "Churchill, the Prophetic Statesman."