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Parks and Rec to offer several holiday activities

By Nicole Cooke Democrat Reporter

December 5, 2013

Now that the Christmas season is officially here, the Sedalia Department of Parks and Recreation is offering several holiday-themed programs to help everyone get in the spirit.


The activities start off with a new event, the Candy Cane Hunt at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Liberty Park. The event has been hosted by parks and recreation departments in other cities, so Sedalia’s officials decided to try it out here for the first time. Participants should bring a bag for all their goodies and a flashlight to find them.


“It’s the concept of hunting Easter eggs, but instead they’re hunting peppermint sticks, candy canes and other Christmas items,” said Kari Tyler, recreational leader. “It’s a little more difficult because it’s in the dark, because it gets dark so early, so we want to encourage kids to bring a flashlight to put another spin on it.”


The registration deadline is Dec. 11 and cost is $5 per child, for kids ages 8 to 12.


The season just wouldn’t be the same without a visit from the big man himself, so all of Sedalia is invited to enjoy breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at Convention Hall. There will be photo opportunities, games, crafts and breakfast. The registration deadline is Dec. 10 and the cost is $5 per person.


Those families that include furry relatives can bring their pets to meet Santa as well. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Santa will be available for photos with pets in the lobby of Convention Hall. Tyler said donations of food, supplies or money is encouraged for this event, and all collected money and items will be donated to the Sedalia Animal Shelter.


Mrs. Claus will also be decorating cookies with children from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Convention Hall. Crafts will be available, as well as plenty of holiday-themed cookies, frosting and sprinkles. The registration deadline is Dec. 13, and the cost is $5 per child, for kids ages 5 to 12.


To add to the Christmas fun, kids can also receive a phone call straight from the North Pole. Parents can call the main office by Dec. 18, and children will receive a phone call between Dec. 9 and Dec. 20. The program is free and local phone numbers are preferred.


“A parent or somebody calls in and lets us know what the child is wanting, and then the child gets a call back from Santa. It’s a personal call from the North Pole from either Mrs. Claus, Santa or an elf,” Tyler said. “Parents can contact us through Dec. 18 to let us know if their children have been naughty or nice.”


To register for an event, stop by Convention Hall, 1500 W. Third St., from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 826-4930.