Sun, warm temperatures and snow mixed beautifully at the City of Perris’s Snow Day Jan. 24, as more than 500 children and their parents came to Foss Field to experience something many have seen only in faraway mountains or on television.
Eager youngsters romped onto the snow field created by Perris staffers to make snowmen and snow angels, toss snowballs and frolic in the cold stuff. Hundreds of kids jumped on sleds and took a ride to the bottom of a small hill City staff also prepared for the day.
Perris City Councilmembers Tonya Burke, David Starr Rabb, Julio Rodriguez and Rita Rogers attended Snow Day 2015 and liked what they saw.
“It’s great to bring Snow Day to Perris—it’s a great success,” Burke said. “Many of our children never get to see snow up close. It’s a really good feeling that the City of Perris can make events like this happen. We are very blessed to have these type of events in Perris.”
Rogers, a native of New York City, said she was delighted so many families came out to take part in a rare event. While their kids played, many parents snapped pictures or captured video of the ongoing fun.
“I see a lot of little guys and gals have a wonderful time,” Rogers said. “For many, it’s the first time they’ve seen snow so they are getting the chance to experience something our East Coast residents experience on a regular basis. Despite the temperature being 75 degrees, they are having a great time.”
Rodriguez and Rabb, both graduates of Perris High School, chatted with former classmates, now parents of youngster taking part in the snowy fun. Both brought family members, nieces and nephews, to Snow Day. Both worked the event as well as watched. Rabb and Rodriguez loaded youngsters onto sleds and pushed them downhill. They grabbed shovels to loosen packed snow, making it easier for the kids to play with it when they entered the fun zone. When the proceeding closed, Rodriguez got on a sled and went down the slope himself.
“Family-oriented in Perris are always well attended, so they should be a priority for our City,” he said. “This was an amazing event, the kind of event our citizens want.”
Rabb called Snow Day “a great event for kids and families who don’t have the resources to go to the snow.”
“So we’re bringing the snow to the kids,” Rabb said.
Lauren Teixeira brought her children, Nalyce, 4, and Nazeilya, 2, to Snow Day. Teixeira grew up in Boston, where snow is a fact of life. She grew up tobogganing, building igloos and engaging in neighborhood snowball fights. But her kids are newbies to snow.
“They asked me if so is real!” she said. “This is a great event, it brings back all of my best childhood memories. It’s a ball.”
Snow Day also brought back memories for Barbara Cobaugh, who came with her son, Daniel. As a kid, she and her family saw snow in the San Bernardino Mountains. Until Snow Day, Daniel had never seen, touched or played in it.
“I think it’s wonderful that the City of Perris does this for our children,” she said. “Events like this allowed kids to play with other kids. My son is having a good time. I am having a good time.”
Alyssa Brouillette echoed similar sentiments. She brought her two children, Cohen, 4, and Eaton, 2. Snow Day, she said, was “just a nice experience for the community.”
“Mom loves seeing the smiles on their little faces,” Brouillette said as her children sledded down the hill created for Snow Day.
Cohen said he enjoyed the day as well. Moments after finishing his sled ride, Cohen said he was ready for an encore.
“I want to go again!” he said.