Grab your scarves, mittens, boots, wool caps and warm jackets.
Snow Day in Perris has returned.
Foss Field Park on the City Hall Campus once again is the scene of the winter chill-out when 21 tons of ice blocks will be fed into a shredding machine and come out as powdery white snow, creating an ideal play area for Perris toddlers and school kids.
Snow Day 2015 takes place Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Snow Day includes separate play areas for youngsters 5 and under and another for bigger children that allows them to build snowmen, toss snowballs and make snow angels. City staff will be using hay bales to create the play areas, thanks to donations from Dan’s Feed and Seed in Perris. Adding to the fun will be a ramp that allows youngsters to toboggan downhill.
Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Rita Rogers will be bringing her 3-year-old grandson, Jordan, to Snow Day. It will be the first time the little guy has ever seen snow. Jordan isn’t alone. Many parents who bring their children to the event say their youngster have seen snow only on television or atop nearby mountain peaks.
“He doesn’t quite know what snow is but he is looking forward to spending the day with his grandma,” Rogers said.
Rogers, who grew up in New York City, has fond memories of playing in the snow as a child. She made snowmen and tossed snowballs with her sisters. She said the City is pleased to be able to bring a little bit of winter to normally sunny and warm Southern California.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity to get a little bit of the East Coast flavor,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to have one day to play in the snow.”