10th Annual Kiwanis West Bike Rodeo at Schlitterbahn KCK
Gear up for a fun & safe bike-riding season! Be the first to see the newest Schlitterbahn attractions. Elementary-aged kids will have the opportunity to learn tips on cycling safety, to get free bike safety helmets and t-shirts and to sneak a peek at the attractions at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City at a free family event on Saturday, May 14th, from 9 a.m. to noon. The annual Kansas City Kansas Kiwanis West Bike Rodeo is back for the tenth year with expanded offerings and the same great location. The event will be held rain or shine in the parking lot and entrance area of Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City, 9400 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan.
The KCK Kiwanis West, in partnership with Atmos Energy, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City, Big D Cycling and numerous community businesses and organizations, are committed to helping area youth ride their bicycles safely.
“Cycling is a fun and healthy way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors,” says Jan Wiley, KCK Kiwanis West event chair. “It’s also a leading cause of unexpected and sometimes serious injuries. Our goal is to ensure that youth learn the rules of the road and understand the importance of wearing well-fitted safety helmets.”
Kids are encouraged to bring their bicycles to the event to have their bikes inspected free and to complete the bicycle safety course. Youth must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate. The first 300 to arrive will get a free bike safety helmet and t-shirt. Participants will rotate through seven bike riding skill stations and have the opportunity to earn a bicycle safety certificate.
“Every year, more than half a million bicyclists visit hospital emergency rooms because of cycling mishaps,” says Wiley. “Nearly one quarter of those injured in bike-related accidents are youth. As the main sponsor of this bike rodeo, the Kansas City Kansas Kiwanis West Club is committed to making sure area youth understand the importance of riding safely.” Back again this year will be a free, drive-through car seat safety check. Experts will inspect car seats and ensure they are installed securely in families’ vehicles.
Kiwanis West Club president Kimberley Holm, a certified National Child Passenger Safety Technician with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department says “Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children from ages 1 to 14. Even though most parents understand the importance of putting their children in car and booster seats, seven out of 10 kids in child safety restraints are not buckled in properly. We want to reduce that number.”
Schlitterbahn Season Passes will be on sale for $5 off the full gate price. Season Pass holders will have an exclusive opportunity to beat the rush and process their Season Pass ID Cards during the event.
“Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City is thrilled to host this popular community event,” says Chuck Stites, Kiwanis member and Schlitterbahn Director of Development. “In addition to helping kids gear up for a safe bike-riding season, the event promises to offer a morning packed with free family fun.”
Bike rodeo participants will be treated to free a free cookie or donut, courtesy of Judi’s Bakery; get to enjoy performances by kids affiliated with Kansas Academy of Theatrical Arts; tour attractions at Schlitterbahn; get a close up look at emergency vehicles, get into the groove with fun Zumbatronics workouts; and engage in other exciting activities, games and crafts provided by local businesses and organizations.
If you have questions or need directions on the day of the event, call 816-751-4227. To get to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City from I-435, take Exit 13 – State Avenue East. Turn left at the second traffic light and enter the parking lot.
Event sponsors include: Kiwanis Club of KCK West, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City, Atmos Energy, Big-D Cycling, Judi’s Bakery, Kansas City Building Trades Council, Providence Medical Center, Safe Kids Johnson County, Board of Public Utilities, Country Club Bank, PACES, Morrill & Janes Bank, Sunflower Family Dentistry, August Resources, Country Place Senior Living, DeGoler Pharmacies, Edward Jones Investments – Eric McTye, Painters District Council 3, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department, Kansas City Kansas Police Department, Kansas City Kansas Fire Department, KCK West Kiwanis members - Melissa Bynum & Jane Winkler Philbrook.