Holiday World hosts 27th annual “Play Day” for children with disabilities

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SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (WEHT) – Holiday World & Splashin Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana hosted it’s 27th Annual “Play Day”.

For more than two decades Holiday World designated one special day for children with special needs, their teachers, and caretakers.

“This is actually one of the best days out of the entire year. The smiles you will not see bigger smiles than you do today seriously it is the most fun,” says Holiday World Owner Lauren Crosby.

More than 3,000 people from schools throughout the Tri-state take part in the 27th Annual Holiday World Play Day.

Theme park officials say they were prepared just for this day.

“Our employees are just trained to take a little bit of extra time whenever getting people on and off the rides.”

“It’s been great. We are having a blast out here lines are short and its an atmosphere of love and kindness we are so grateful for the inclusion day,” says teacher and attendee Kyle Hall.

“It’s really wonderful for the children to have a day where they can just be a kid. You know some of these kids have big challenges every day and to be able to just come have fun with their classmates and their teachers take their time do the day their way and just enjoy it it’s amazing and we can’t thank Holiday World enough.”

Although Holiday World says there are no major changes from previous play days, this year the park hit a major milestone.

“The biggest thing I would say for this year is that our donation to easter seals have reached over a half a million dollars this year and so we’re very excited were pretty proud of that,” says Crosby.

The half a million dollars is what Holiday World has donated to date.

It was made possible by a $30,000 donation this year.

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(This story was originally published on May 8, 2019)

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