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Kids’ Day Out in Burnet on Sept. 15; the Fun is Free

Kids' Day Out is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond in Burnet. File photo

BURNET — People often go to the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond to enjoy its Olympic-size pool, state-of-the-art weight room, baseball and softball fields, and large volleyball and basketball courts.

But, on Saturday, Sept. 15, there's even more fun to be had.

The 15th annual Kids' Day Out brings with it bounce houses, kayaking, archery, and fishing for youngsters. The event is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the recreation center, 1601 U.S. 281. Everything is free.

Children can also eat for free with hot dogs and water available.

And the fun can follow them home with giveaways of fishing gear and balls.

While admission and food are free, organizer Dale Hill asks that attendees bring one canned good to be donated to LACare, the city’s food pantry.

Officials estimate Kids’ Day Out will draw more than 1,500 fun-seekers.

Members of the Burnet fire, police, and EMS departments will be in attendance as will Seton Care-A-Van, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Burnet County, and a couple of helicopters. In addition to the fun activities, booths on health and fitness also will be set up.

It's all for the experience.

“It’s to give kids a chance to do things they normally wouldn’t do,” Hill said. “We want them to experience something they haven’t before.”

Kids’ Day Out is possible thanks to the Burnet County Fair and Rodeo Association.

“We were always doing fundraisers for the fair and rodeo,” Hill said. “I had this idea of, ‘Why don’t we do something different to give back to the kids?’”

The first Kids’ Day Out drew 700 people.

“It’s grown every year and gotten better,” Hill said.

Hill credits the success of the annual function to the commitment of sponsors and volunteers.

“Come out and have a good time and enjoy the day,” Hill said. “Parents and grandparents are welcome. They’ll enjoy watching their kids.”

Call (830) 693-2777 or Hill at (512) 755-2963 for more information.

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