Prepare to get drenched at Beat the Heat Splash Day
July 31, 2012
By Christina Corrales-Toy
The Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department is offering children 12 and younger a chance to cool off at this year’s Beat the Heat Splash Day on Aug. 1.
Children can expect to run through sprinklers, blow bubbles and get doused with water by an Eastside Fire & Rescue fire truck.
The aim of the water carnival is to give kids a chance to get relief from the heat, but the event will go on in rain or shine, according to city Recreation Coordinator Cathy Jones.
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Beat the Heat Splash Day
“We’ve had a few chilly Beat the Heats and we’ve had some blazing hot Beat the Heats,” Jones said. “Hopefully this year we will actually have some heat to beat.”
Beat the Heat Splash Day costs $2 per child to participate and the money goes directly toward the cost of putting the event together, Jones said.
The event held on the Issaquah Community Center lawn begins at 1 p.m. with a series of water games and craft projects.
From 1-2:30 p.m. participants can make fans, sit in pools full of ice blocks or wear hats made of water-drenched sponges. They can also play a variation of musical chairs, where tubs of water replace the seats.
At 2:30 p.m., the grand finale begins when EFR will turn on the truck’s fire hose for about 20 minutes.
At that point, everyone should expect to get wet, even parents.
“Moms and dads that come should prepare to get wet as well,” Jones said. “When that fire hose goes off, no one is safe.”
Children should come in swimsuits, or clothes they are comfortable getting wet. Organizers also suggest children wear water shoes, rather than walking barefoot on the lawn. Parents may want to come prepared with towels or a set of dry clothes for their kids after the event.
Beat the Heat Splash Day is in its 15th year and drew a crowd of nearly 600 last year. Jones hopes it is an event that kids will remember and enjoy for years to come.
“This event is just community building and memory making, in a nutshell,” she said. “That’s what the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department is all about.”