PEARLAND — The Brazoria County Association for Citizens with Handicaps is teaming up with the Pearland Lions Club to bring a day of carnival fun to youngsters with special needs.

The family-friendly Fun ’N Games event will offer races, carnival games and prizes, music, clowns, food and drinks. The free event’s atmosphere is designed to welcome children at all levels of development.

“Kids with developmental delays and disabilities don’t always get to enjoy things like this. They may have things that hinder them from going,” BACH Development Coordinator Haley Ruthstrom said. “We want to reach out to as many families as we can, from the Freeport area up to Pearland and Manvel.”

Executive Director Patty Swords said BACH long has wanted to host in the Pearland area something similar to its annual Roll ’n’ Stroll, which takes place in Lake Jackson, but lack of venue has been a roadblock. The Lions Club offered its building and members volunteered to cook hot dogs and hamburgers for attendees.

“The Pearland Lions Club is a really great organization that has a really great profile in the community. They recently gave us a $5,000 donation, so they’re just spoiling us rotten,” Swords said. “We have a lot of families that we serve in that area and we hope to see them.”

Families from across the county are welcome to attend. Swords said anyone who has a child in fourth grade or below with a disability is welcome at the event.

Fun ’N Games will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 3550 S. Main St. in Pearland. For information or to learn about BACH services, contact Ruthstrom at hruthstrom@bacheci.org or 979-849-2447.

Mary Newport is a features writer for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0149.

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