In Meridian, an event for kids this weekend will kick off next week’s spring break.
The “KidZone” event will be on Saturday, March 7th at the Temple Theater, with many activities for kids to enjoy.
Free and open to the public, there will be music, food vendors, inflatables, a petting zoo, and they will be showing the movie, “Toy Story 4”.
Meridian’s Community Development is calling it one of the largest children’s activities events in East Mississippi and West Alabama.
“Many times, the mayor and us in the mayor’s office get ‘there’s not enough things in the community to do for kids, the younger kids, so of course he’s forever thinking about doing everything for everybody as well as doing those things that are family oriented and this is a very good family oriented initiative as well as sports and things of this nature, but at the same time everybody sitting down having popcorn and something to drink and watching a movie together, so just really and truly engaging family, that’s what we want to come out of it, and giving those little ones something to do as well”, said Terrence Davis, cultural affairs assistant in community development.
Terrence Davis with Meridian Community Development, shares that the Meridian KidZone event will also have a special guest speaker.
“This year’s special guest is ‘Mr. President’, Austin Perine, he is the international phenomenal 5-year-old kid who’s the international advocate for homeless people and this young guy has a beautiful message about feeding the homeless and showing love. As you can see, I’m wearing one of his sweaters that says Austin Perine and ‘don’t forget to show love’", said Davis.
Saying that he believes the child guest speaker will have a greater impact, because kids will be able to relate to him.
“It’s really positive when you see people of your age doing things that you may aspire to do and its encouraging, you know, we’re always telling our kids to look up to older people as role models, but someone 5,6 –the same age as you, making an impact on something as big as homelessness and feeding the hungry. That’s awesome and that can always engage another child to look into themselves and probably want to do the same thing --knowing that this little 5, 6-year-old guy is out there doing it, I can do it too”, said Davis.
KidZone is an all-day event running from 11am to 4pm.