Pinal County Sheriff's Office brought a helicopter to Kids Day Maricopa last year.

Saturday is the ninth annual Kids Day Maricopa, promoting health, safety and environmental awareness.

Dr. John A. Donohue and May Donohue will host and coordinate the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maricopa Wells Middle School, 45725 W. Honeycutt Ave. Mayor Christian Price signed a proclamation dedicating the third Saturday of September as “Kids Day” in the city of Maricopa. State Sen. Steve Smith and Sheriff Paul Babeu are scheduled to speak at the event.


Maricopa Police Department will be on hand to provide free fingerprinting of all the children and bring police cars, police motorcycles and the K-9 Unit. There will be special appearances by “Smokey Bear,” McGruff the Crime Dog and other loved characters.


Maricopa Fire Department is bringing a fire truck and the fire safety house and will teach fire safety tips. Ak-Chin Fire will provide car seat safety checks. Southwest Ambulance will be teaching water safety.


There will be bicycle safety with the Lions Club, Drug Awareness with the M.A.S.H coalition, Pinal County Attorney and Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. Healthy eating and exercise will be taught.


Learn how to grow your own garden with the Master Gardeners and Ace Hardware.


There will be a Safety demo from ATA Kids Karate. DSPA Dance and Desert Star Gymnastics will perform, plus many more activities such as the Phoenix First Tee golf program, the 4H petting zoo, a magic show and more.


There will be free food, free balloons, giveaways and prize drawings for toys, bicycles and surprises throughout the event. Sponsors are Ak-Chin, Global Water, Southwest Pediatrics and Ace Hardware.