Thank you to our pirate friends and our wonderful sponsors and volunteers! We loved celebrating our Pirate Fest with you! We are grateful to Brethren of the Space Coast Pirates, McDonald's of Ormond Beach, Angell & Phelps, Simple Mobile Solutions, Pepsi Beverages Company, Pirate's Cove, Microflex & Halifax Insurance Partners for their support! Thank you to all of our volunteers for making this a memorable event for our children & families!
Daytona's Municipal Stadium was the place for Friday night fun with our favorite cheerleaders! Thank you Ms. Kasondra, Mr. Rawlings and the Seabreeze Athletic Department for an evening of fun cheering for the Seabreeze Sandcrabs!
Great Kids welcomed Mr. Kukes from Halifax Humane Society, along with his dog, Bentley! Mr. Kukes helped us understand the importance of helping animals in our community. We liked learning about the valuable work Mr. Kukes and his friends do at the animal shelter. We are happy that our community helps animals who are lost and abandoned. Great Kids promises to treat all animals with kindness and respect.
Great Kids enjoyed an afternoon of fun and learning during our explorations at the Museum of Arts and Science. Our favorite exhibits included the giant ground sloth, the Coca Cola gallery and the race cars! Exploring all the interactive exhibits in the Children's Museum helped us understand concepts of gravity, racetracks, air compression, pulleys, radiology, and managing a restaurant. It was an amazing day at the museum!
Great Kids held its third annual Hero Fest, honoring extraordinary people who strengthen our community. Students shared hero stories, original artwork, and dance throughout the evening’s event. Honored guests included Mayor of Ormond Beach, Bill Partington; Veterinarian of Granada Animal Hospital, Dr. Wolfe; Kids Rock the Nation Founder, Anthony Wild; Authors and Ormond Beach Historians, Alice and Ron Howell; Environmental Discovery Center Cordinator, Annie Evert; Tomoka State Park event coordinator, Aggie Armstrong, FPL engineer and lineman, Mr. Porter and Mr. Manis; and Florida Master Naturalist, Ms. Joan Tague. An art gallery featured artwork created by many of our talented artists. Following the event, a reception for all families and our community was held in the church lobby. Special thanks to our event sponsors - First United Methodist Church, Daytona Auto Mall, Daytona International Speedway, Angell & Phelps, Buffalo Wild Wings, DB Pickles, Duva Sawko, Hilton Garden Inn, Learning Outsource Group, Microflex, Sam’s Club, and Waste Pro. We are especially grateful to our everyday heroes for investing in the well-being of our children – our volunteers, families, board of directors, community partners and Volusia County Schools.