Free kids’ carnival at YMCA on Saturday, Jan. 26

Winter Games has something for everyone, including the kids.

The Free Kids’ Carnival is set to take place at the Bedell Family YMCA in Spirit Lake from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. The event has been hosted by the Seasons Center for Behavioral Health for seven years and last year was the first time that they teamed up with the YMCA.

“This will be the seventh annual Winter Games Kids’ Carnival. We initially started the kids’ carnival during Winter Games as a free, kid-friendly option for families and at the time there were very few options for children,” said Katie Ping, the marketing and event coordinator with Seasons Center for Behavioral Health.

“This event proves to be a great opportunity for outreach in providing resources and information about behavioral health services in our community. Even if someone doesn’t need our services today — they may in the future or they may know someone who would benefit.”

There are a number of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy and the event is aimed at kids of all ages.

“We have a wide variety of activities for children of all ages, including: inflatables, carnival games, free popcorn and cotton candy, a rock climbing wall, craft table, face painting, and more — and it’s all free,” Ping said.

For those looking to grab a bite to eat at the event, the YMCA has you covered. The YMCA will be selling a lunch option for families who want to grab a bite to eat while they are at the carnival so families don’t have to leave the fun.

In addition to fun games and activities there will also be prizes.

“Children win candy or tickets at most of the carnival games and they can use their tickets to enter to win prizes, which are mostly donated from area businesses and some individuals. Sponsors this year include: Schmidt Pediatric Dentistry, Scott Trautman — State Farm, Jensen Real Estate, Northwest Bank, Kuhlman Lake Service & Welding, and Shirley and Galen Elgersma of Sheldon, IA,” Ping said.

One new activity that will be offered this year is 30-minute Kindermusik sessions with Allison Antoine of Kindermusik at the Lakes. Classes will be free and are being offered at 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. People are encouraged to sign up ahead of time as space is limited for these classes. Sign up by visiting

This is an event that continues to be extremely popular and offers families a fun opportunity for this kids to enjoy Winter Games.

“We continually get a turnout of over 1,200 children and their families, which tells us it’s something people look forward to! It’s a great opportunity to continue to get the word out about the services we provide and how families can get help,” Ping said. “We want our communities to know where they can turn for help and this event is another way of us reaching out.”