Grand rapids, Mich. (WOODTV) - Each year members of the community come together for an evening of free family fun. National Night Out is a community night which highlights the importance of keeping kids safe. The event is filled with fun entertainment with an emphasis on safety education. The entire community is invited.
Kids will love getting up close and personal to police and fire vehicles, equipment and displays. Several community vendors including Michigan Child ID Program, E.S.C.A.P.E Mobile Training Center, and friends of Liberty Mutual will also be in attendance. It's an opportunity for children to learn lifelong safety lessons, coupled with an evening of hands-on fun. The night is one that the entire family can enjoy with live music, games, and tons of prizes.
This year, there will be several highlights including a UH-60M Blackhawk Helicopter which will land in the parking lot at 2pm, and take off at 8pm. One of the most anticipated highlights is the E.S.C.A.P.E Mobile Training Center with Jake the Fire Dog. Michael McLeieer who runs the E.S.C.A.P.E program spoke with me earlier today, and has a lot to look forward to again this year.
"National Night Out is a great opportunity to bring families and neighborhoods together" he said. "It's about celebrating unity and connecting with the community while promoting safety and fun." McLeieer also stated that Mascot Cruiser from Craig's Cruisers will be joining the festivities, and will be providing a ton of great giveaways.
Kids can learn valuable safety techniques from Jake the Fire Safety Dog on how to successfully exit an emergency fire situation. The annual National Night Out event will take place on Tuesday, August 7th, at Peppino's Restaurant South across from Celebration Cinema South. Peppino's South is located at 1515 Eastport Dr. SE in Grand Rapids. Last year Peppino's served over 1,600 free slices of pizza, so grab the family and get there early. This year's National Night Out Against Crime will be held from 4pm until 8pm.
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