Thousands Attend Day For Kids

An event that started out with just 200 kids five years ago has grown to thousands. The Boys and Girls Club of East Texas held its annual Day For Kids at Bergfeld Park in Tyler today. From giant slides to a ball toss, there was truly something for every kid today.

"We do this every year," said parent Daniela Jackson. "They have a lot more booths out here. A lot more things for the kids to be involved with this year."

Brand new this year was the Nickelodeon Live show, with pies and green slime.  It was a big hit.  "We went to see Nick Live where they poured the slime on him," said Alexa Jackson, 8, one of the participants. "It was funny. "

"The reason why we do it is it's a chance for parents to stop their busy schedules and spend time with their kids," said Boys and Girls Club of East Texas Executive Director Robbie Slocumb. "So many times we get caught up in the hussle and bussle of life."

KLTV had a booth today as well. Staff members made free ID cards for children.  Temperatures reached 99 degrees but nothing stopped the kids from having fun.

More than 5,000 people showed up. Day For Kids is a national event held by Boys and Girls Clubs all over the country.

Molly Reuter, Reporting.