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El Dia de Los Niños

By Marivel Aguirre, La Prensa Reporter

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The 6th Annual El Dia de los Niños or Children’s Day was celebrated in Columbus this past April 29 at the Westland Mall. The Ohio Hispanic Coalition organized the event (www.ohiohispaniccoalition.org).


In this fun-filled day there was plenty to do and see for children and parents alike. The activities began at 10:00 a.m. and went on until 5:00 p.m. 


The Old JC Penney store was the stage for this colorful event. Inside, there were two stages with simultaneous shows. Sponsors provided information for the parents and fun activities for the children.

The purpose of the event was twofold: to celebrate children’s day with fun activities for the little ones and to provide important information for parents regarding their children.


Some of the morning events included the Suárez Duet Cello Concert, a Reggaeton 4ever performance, WAIT dancers, Chulo the Clown, and a Puppeteer Theater y más.


In the afternoon, there was a Capoeira Martial Arts demonstration, Dora the Explorer, and there was even a Latin Idol singing contest.


There was also a performance by the dance group Flamenco Caravan at the Ohio State University. The group had been meeting unofficially before the organization was made official by registration with the Ohio State University in January 2003.


The event was truly a community-oriented one with many sponsors including corporations, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.


Community service organizations included: the Ohio Hispanic Coalition, LEON, LULAC, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Franklin County Children Services, and the Hilltop Library.


Typical eateries and restaurants had a booth at the event: representing México was Viva Zapata, from Bolivia Delicias Latinas, El Arepazo from Venezuela, Las Delicias from El Salvador, as well as a booth of Puerto Rican food.


There was also a health fair with free health and dental screenings, a screening of a Don’t Drink and Drive video, and free car seat registration.


By any measure, the event was a success; kids had a lot of fun, parents and visitors received a lot of great information, sponsors were able to gain visibility with the Latino community, and the organizers can be proud of this event.


For more information regarding the Ohio Hispanic Coalition visit http://www.ohiohispaniccoalition.org/

For more information regarding the Flamenco Caravan visit







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