Children of Hope Child Development Center (CDC) is gearing up for its third annual Western Day.

The event is formulated as a thank you to the community for the support they gave the center while installing its new sprinkler system, said Desiree Wallin, school board co-president.

Members of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) came up with various activates based on a Western theme from arts and crafts to sand tables where children will pretend they’re mining for gold.

A petting zoo will also be available during Western Day, along bounce houses.

In addition to all the different activities, PTO members added a trackless train and pony rides for children to enjoy.

Wallin said the event was open to the entire community, but was centered toward children’s entertainment.

“We encourage everybody from the community, but we want to make available preschool-aged-type of games, it’s what the teachers think is best for that age group,” she said. “Other activities like the bounce house and the petting zoo, we just think of all the things that everyone wants to get out and see. We wanted to make sure that there’s something for everybody.”

Different food vendors will be present during Western Day, and music will be provided by the Music Makers Workshop in Ahwatukee.

Past Western Day events showed much success with roughly 400 attendees, and Wallin said this year would be no different.

“We will have a lot of traffic this year,” she said. “Everyone wants to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather we have, and the fact that we try to make the time out with your family free and enjoyable… that’s what we really want to give back to the community,” Wallin said. “We want to make sure that everybody has a good day.”

Children of Hope’s third annual Western Day will occur from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 at Children of Hope Child Development Center, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place.

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