Children’s Week at the State Capitol

Children’s Week at the State Capitol 

Join thousands of Florida’s families, students, teachers and advocates at the Florida Capitol on January 21-26, 2018 for a celebration of our greatest gifts – our children! Now in its 23 st year, Children’s Week advocates for children’s health, education and well-being, and is one of the largest free events for children and families in Tallahassee. There are many ways to participate.

For the youngsters, gather construction paper, crayons and scissors and help your children or students trace, cut-out and decorate drawings of their hands – they can also add their name and a message to legislators. Mail their artwork to the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of the Big Bend by January 12 and it will be hung in the State Capitol rotunda on January 21 along with hundreds of thousands of other children’s hands from across the state! Each year, the Hanging of the Hands ceremony creates an impactful display to remind legislators to take care of our children during the legislative session. You can also share photos of artwork on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #GiveUsAHand.

Children’s Week’s biggest day at the Capitol is Tuesday, January 23, and one of the most beloved events is the Storybook Village presented by the ELC of the Big Bend. More than 2,000 young children come dressed up as their favorite storybook characters to enjoy interactive reading booths that bring children’s storybooks to life using storytelling, arts and crafts and character costumes. This year’s theme is Under the Sea and all children in attendance will receive an undersea themed book.

There is more to do on Tuesday with your middle and high school students, too – meet with your legislators, visit with more than 100 partners and exhibitors and take a guided tour of the Capitol. Additionally, older students can ask questions to statewide leaders and learn how to advocate for important issues at the Children’s Week Town Hall Meeting at 10 a.m. and Youth Advocacy Workshop at 1 p.m.

So come on out to Children’s Week at the State Capitol – a unique and engaging opportunity that shines a spotlight on the important issues facing lawmakers this legislative session. Plus, there will be free breakfast and coffee and free lunch provided for those who register. For more information such as a schedule of events, please visit www.childrensweek.org or call (850) 222-3868.