Hundreds gather for Capital Mall parade and ribbon-cutting ceremony
JEFFERSON CITY — Capital Mall kicked off the holiday season Saturday with its annual parade and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the SSM Health Children's Experience, a new play area in the mall. The partnership between the mall and SSM Health is an effort to raise awareness about physical activity for kids.
The designated play area totals 6,000 square feet and includes a party room, bathrooms and areas for nursing mothers. Kids can play on three dimensional structures such as a helicopter, fire truck, ambulance, train and a state capitol replica. Additionally, iconic Jefferson City places and are featured on the walls.
"The mall saw that this was an opportunity to expand their play area," said Janet Wear-Enloe of SSM Health. "We saw it as an opportunity to provide a healthy way for children to begin playing again, using those gross motor skills, developing that social interaction and really just have a fun time together and for parents to have a fun time with their kids."
Hundreds of kids and parents attended the parade and ribbon-cutting, including Santa and Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin.
"As soon as we cut that ribbon, the kids were lined up and ready to get in there," Tergin said. "What a great thing for Jefferson City and the mall. The mall is coming back and this is another sign of it."
The first 500 children to attend the ceremony received a limited edition SSM Health teddy bear.