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Splash Bash Offers Kids Last Summer Party

Photo by Arden Terry

Irving—The Valley Ranch Association hosted their annual Splash Bash event at the Cimarron Recreation Center on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Kids could enjoy fun summer activities like slip and slides, regular slides, and zip lines as well as eat snow cones from the Kona Ice truck.

“[This event is] basically getting kids in another party environment where they can have fun right before they have to go back to school,” Brock Wright, lifestyle director of Valley Ranch Association, said. “We want to make sure our kiddos have another last day of summer if you will.

“Ultimately we want to get the community back out, especially after 2020. We want people to have fun and be able to socialize in person. It’s always a fun time seeing everybody come back together.

“We are raising donations for a local school in Valley Ranch, and the participants of that [donation drive] will be entered into a drawing [for] a $50 gift card,” Wright said. “We have a strong relationship with [Canyon Ranch Elementary.]We look forward to continuing that relationship as well as growing relationships with the other schools in the community too.”

Stephanie Maloney is the executive director for the Primrose School of Valley Ranch.

“We come out and do lots of community things within the community,” Maloney said. “[We do events like this to] meet some of the families.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather; the breeze is nice. We have families coming out enjoying some snow cones right now.We have the music going on.”

Carlos Ballesteros attended the event with his wife and kids.

“We’re having a lot fun,” Ballesteros said. “It’s great to get families together especially after this COVID situation, and it’s good to get the kids back together at a fun event.”

Desiree Emerson attended the event with her kids.

“We’ve got three of our boys over here,” Emerson said. “They just got through with the water and then the big slide. Now they’re over here with the zip line. It’s nice to have everything available to younger kids all the time.”

“The kids probably have a bit of cabin fever with it being so hot this summer,” Zeddie Roshell said.“There wasn’t a lot of playing outside. I think they’re ready to get back and see their friends.”