The Kellin Foundation has been doing great work with traumatized children for years and now the local non-profit is providing a way for kids to both express themselves and celebrate the beginning of Spring despite the global pandemic and everything else that’s wrong with the world right now.
The big event will happen on the very first day of Spring – Saturday, March 20 – from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Kellin Foundation at 2110 Golden Gate Drive in Greensboro.
Children from age 2 to 18 can take part, and their families are invited as well to the Kellin Kids Paint-a-palooza event. Space is limited, so you need to let them know you’re coming soon by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As one might expect from a paint-a-palooza, there will be a whole lot of painting going on. The kids will be painting a unique art feature for the Kellin Foundation’s new outdoor space – as well as creating take-home crafts for themselves.
Also, as one might expect when you get a bunch of kids together and give them a bunch of paint, the kids’ clothes won’t come out untarnished. (See the promo picture for the event above.) The invite instructs, “Please dress for weather and in something you don’t mind getting messy.”
There will be ‘treats” for the kids as well at the event.
Parents hoping to be able to drop their kids off and get some “me” time will be out of luck because parents or guardians have to stay on-site during this outdoor event.
COVID-19 isn’t done with society quite yet, so the same rules that you find just about everywhere will be in place. Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to and everyone must wear a mask. (They’ll have some extra masks if you forget yours.)
Hand-washing stations and gobs of hand sanitizer will be available as well.
Kellin Kids is “a kid-led program focused on youth leadership development.” The Kellin Foundation, a partner of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, has a stated mission of helping foster “resilient children, families, and adults through behavioral health services, victim advocacy, and community outreach.”