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Power of play: Kidzapalooza returns with Sports Edition May 2

Traci Newell – Auburn Journal

Kidzapalooza is returning to Auburn next week with a special edition highlighting sports opportunities for local children.

Banking on its previous success, the May 2 event is the first of two Kidzapalooza events hosted by and the Auburn Recreation and Parks District.

Kidzapalooza“We wanted to make sure we are providing resources for our community and we are getting them to all of our community,” Jamie Ross, founder of Kidzapalooza, said. “Wanted to make sure we were hitting the families on the north side and the south side of town.”

The Kidzapalooza Sports Edition will feature fun-filled sports, arts, music and wellness activities for children under 12. The event is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Regional Park, 3770 Richardson Drive.

“This event is set to ignite the spirit of creativity and camaraderie among the youth of our community,” Ross said in a press release.

Kidzapalooza Sports Edition aims to promote physical activity, teamwork and healthy competition in a vibrant and inclusive environment. From kickball to flag football, relay races to obstacle courses, there will be a wide array of exciting games and challenges designed to engage and entertain children of various interests and abilities. This Wellness and Sports section is sponsored by Auburn Gymnastic Center and Moon Healing Studio.

The event’s music section offers hands-on experience through sound. Whether students are making instruments or playing with instruments they didn’t know existed, students will explore frequencies and dimensions of sound. Musical activities are sponsored by Beats Lyrics Leaders and West Coast Modular Society.

Art-based offering includes arts, crafts, gardening, slime making, recycled robots, coloring and beading. There are games and books, story-making, and many opportunities to share skills and get creative. This section is sponsored by Blue Door Community.

“We are so excited to bring Kidzapalooza Sports Edition to Regional Park this year,” Ross said. “It’s wonderful to see kids come together, make new friends and enjoy making art, discovering sound and learning about how their body moves and grows. We believe in the power of play to inspire and engage our youth. We also are gracious for all the booths that are participating. Each year, we get bigger and bigger. It’s the magic of an amazing community.”

The event will also feature Placer County Library, Kidz Community, Placer Hillmen Football, Auburn Union Teachers Association, CalFresh Healthy Living, Girl Scouts, Recology, Master Gardeners of Placer County and more.

No registration is required to attend the free event. For more information on the event, visit

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