All systems are “a-go” and preparations are underway for the First Annual Kid’s Block Party, put on by Great (Lakes Bay) Moms, and the kick off to the Bay Arenac Great Start Diaper Drive!

Imagine the “biggest and best kid’s birthday party ever”, and you will understand what the Block Party plans to offer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 29 around the Delta Planetarium — crafts, jump houses, cotton candy, photo booths, candy, face painting and more, more, more!

Oh, and don’t forget that there will be an ambulance, fire engine, police car and even a bus that kids can climb aboard and let their imaginations soar! The Kid’s Block Party, and kick off to the Diaper Drive, has been mentioned on NBC, and details can be found at both www.greatlakesbaymoms.com and on Facebook.

“We started dreaming up this event in early summer,” Kate Cardinali, web designer and creator of Greatlakesbaymoms.com, said. “It’s been going strong since, and especially within the last six weeks.”

Ultimately, Great (Lakes Bay) Moms is looking for the Kid’s Block Party to be an event solely dedicated to families, specifically with kids in mind. While the Pig Gig, Art Fair, River Roar and many of the other happenings offered in Bay City are great, Cardinali said, Great (Lakes Bay) Moms really wanted to create a downtown event where children’s activities and family-friendly activities are the main focus, rather than a small portion of a day geared toward parents.

“The kids are going to be so happy, and there’s going to be so much to do!” Cardinali said. “And the parents should walk away realizing that ‘there is all this amazing stuff in our area, and we really need to take advantage of it’.”

Over 2,000 fliers have been distributed to local recipients of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library books, some 7,500 fliers have been passed out through the school districts and final clearance was officially given from the Bay City Commission on September 10 to block off the area! Roads will indeed be blocked off –Water St., from the Delta Planetarium to Studio 23, and Center Ave. from the Planetarium half way to Saginaw Street. It’s all coming together!

“I don’t know if anyone will ever know all of the details that went on behind the scene,” Cardinali said.

Donations, volunteers, participants and the likes have come from far and wide, from large companies like Walmart to local businesses like Sweet Sandy B’s in Bay City. All participants are donating their time and resources for free so Great (Lakes Bay) Moms can offer the most amount of fun they can—essentially for free! While some vendors will be selling goods, many (many!) of the events are totally free, and there is no admission fee.

“It’s all as free as it can be,” Cardinali said. “Your family won’t have to spend a lot of money to have a lot of fun.”