Caring Clowns International participated in the Swarner Communications Military Kids Day Event. There must have been between 500 – 750 people and a zillion kids. Slight exaggeration, probably closer to 400 kids. Many were with their moms only as the dads are deployed. Lots of young children and babies too.

Several of the kids recognized us from last year and were excited to tell us that they knew us and are older now. Great fun. They had lots of resources for military parents with a gift/ toy / candy for the kids — dentists, banks, Realtors, colleges, Tricare and some small businesses too. They also played bingo with prizes, had a cake walk, free cotton candy and us clowns. Everything was free! We were swamped the entire four hours.

Great event honoring the military kids and their families.

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This past weekend, Flora and Duffy entertained about 100 kids twisting balloons at the first anniversary birthday celebration of Ahoy Kitsap Playland in Bremerton, WA.
When the kids weren’t getting balloon figures from us, they were all over the multi-level play areas. The whole event was a blast!!!

The play area was started a year ago by Rhonda and Angel Koh, and serves children 1-12 years old. Caring Clowns International was invited to assist in the celebration by Kelly Derksema, who owns an event planning company called Olive Branch Events.

Kelly, Rhonda and Angel were all delightful to work with.

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Coco, Flora, LaLa and Scooter entertained children and their families at the annual Snohomish County Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk at Harvey Airfield in Snohomish, WA. It was a rainy day but no one seemed to notice. Plenty of balloon animals were made to the delight of all.

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The founder of Kidzz Helping Kidzz, 7 year-old Zachary, was the key note speaker at the East Bremerton Rotary Club last week. This was Zachary’s first time public speaking, but you would have never known it. He was cool, calm and collected. Most impressively, when he had the Q&A, his answers belied that he is a 7 year old. Members of the Club were astonished at the sincerity and passion of his well thoughtful, but spontaneous responses to their questions.

Zachary explained that his goal this year is to collect 1,000 new toys to distribute to children spending the holidays in hospitals in the Puget Sound Area.

When one Rotarian asked Zachary why they should support his program, Zachary paused for just a second and then said, “Kids in hospitals during the holidays deserve to have some fun there and to be supported, so that’s why I am doing this.”

Based on his presentation, the East Bremerton Rotary Club will donate $500 to Kidzz Helping Kidzz. The money will be used to help purchase new toys.

Kidzz Helping Kidzz is a project of Caring Clowns International.

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Ever been to a Touch A Truck event? Boy are they cool…all sizes of little kids sitting high up in monster vehicles behind huge steering wheels, feet dangling, not touching the floor. These events are put on in various communities around the country during the summer. Some are fund raisers for community projects, others are just for fun.

Caring Clowns International members Duffy, Scooter and Sparkles attended 29th annual free event in Poulsbo, Washington on August 12. It was again sponsored by the Poulsbo Village Shopping Center. About 200 families were there with the kids climbing all over police cars, fire trucks, a cement mixer, asphalt trucks, a huge flat bed truck, a school bus, several cranes, tow trucks and more – it went on and on- and the smiles on these kids’ faces when they honked the horns and flipped on the sirens and flashing lights were contagious! Don’t miss the next one in your area.

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