Los Banos

May 9, 2014

Kids’ Fish, Swim & Play Day celebrates 25 years

Kids’ Fish, Swim and Play Day celebrates 25 years. It’s hosted by the California Department of Water Resources and the California State Parks. The event is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17.

Little ones with zeal to learn a few fishing tricks will get a chance next week at the San Luis Reservoir.

The 25th annual Kids’ Fish, Swim and Play day, hosted by the state Department of Water Resources and the California State Parks staff, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at the San Luis Reservoir.

“It’s a really fun day to get kids to come out to the forebay,” said Jennifer Morgan, event organizer with the Department of Water Resources.

The play day gives youngsters, ages 3 to 15, the opportunity to learn how to fish, learn about water safety and participate in arts and crafts.

“It used to be just Kids’ Fishing Day,” Morgan said, “and since I added the ‘Swim and Play’ it opened it up to a lot of girls who don’t care about fishing. So we had a really good turnout last year.”

Morgan said they had too many kids swimming and fishing in one area, so this year organizers have a designated area where youngsters can just swim.

Those wishing to learn a thing or two about casting a reel must bring their own fishing pole, but organizers are offering kids free bait.

Youngsters can also try their luck at the fishing simulator, get a pontoon ride and receive a free water safety coloring book.

Organizers recommend bringing a picnic lunch. Fresh strawberries and whipped cream will be offered for dessert.

Organizers also recommend wearing layered clothing. “The biggest thing for people to remember is to put a range of clothing in their cars, because sometimes it’s windy and sometimes it’s hot,” she said.

The event is free, but there is a $10 state park day use fee per car.

“We hope that everyone comes out for a day of fun,” Morgan said. “We’ll have a number of different crafts (that) even adults would want to get involved with.”

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