Children's Week presented by United Way of Florida

Florida's Children's Week – The Florida Children's Forum “Children's Day” was the precursor to Children's Week, as we know it today. The Forum also initiated the signature, "Hanging of the Hands" tradition at the Capitol with a goal of providing a visual and powerful statement that every set of hands represents a child impacted by the policy decisions of the legislature. That goal remains the same today. The United Way of Florida joined with Capital Events in 2006 to grow and expand Children’s Week into an event that would provide children and families with opportunities to gain valuable knowledge and information as well as provide enrichment activities for children and youth. In addition to events at the Capitol, we also collaborate with local organizations to provide more than 100 community events and activities across Florida. Children's Week at the Capitol events include: Ÿ Hanging of the Hands – children’s hand artwork is hung and displayed throughout the Capitol Rotunda. Ÿ Guided Tours of both the Historic and Current Capitol Buildings. Ÿ Children’s Week Kickoff Breakfast and Luncheon – free. Ÿ Storybook Village – are interactive reading booths for children to explore that feature stories and characters from their favorite books! At the conclusion of their Storybook Village journey, is the Storybook Stage where children and their families can relax, hear stories read by local authors and stories told through music, and see books that come to life through performances. To encourage reading at home, Children’s Week partnered with the ELC of the Big Bend Each to provide each child that visits Storybook Village with a free book.