Safety village offers birthday parties, open to the public day, babysitting

The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village has a number of offerings that the community can take advantage of this summer:

¯ “Open to the Public” day will take place on Aug. 15. Children in grades Pre-K-6 are invited to come learn first hand about traffic, bike and fire safety. The village’s Fire Safety Training allows children to learn in a hands-on environment to teach them the importance of having two ways out of every room in your house, choosing a meeting place with your family, and creating an escape plan. They will participate in a simulation within our mock home to implement an escape that involves crawling on their hands and knees under simulated smoke where there is clean air to breathe, feeling a custom-made door which heats to 106 degrees to let children experience what it feels like to have fire on the other side of the door, how to climb out of the bedroom window down an escape ladder and then go to their meeting place. Traffic & bike safety lessons begin in the classroom where children are taught about sign recognition, rules of the road, pedestrian safety and crosswalk safety. They get the opportunity to drive miniature cars, or ride bikes throughout the Village as they demonstrate their knowledge of street signs, hand signals, allowing pedestrians to cross in front of them, and stopping at the railroad tracks to look and listen for a train. The program includes outdoor training which will take place rain or shine, unless the weather is extreme. Children should dress appropriately. Students must wear gym shoes and rain coats as necessary.

There are two classes to chooses from: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Cost is $7 per child. Parents are free and welcome to stay. Call 338-0171 to register or email

¯ A Babysitting Course will take place on Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that provides hands-on training and includes First Aid, CPR and AED training as well as the Heimlich Maneuver used for choking patients. Participants will learn how to feed, diaper and care for infants and young children, communicate effectively with children and parents, offer age appropriate games, recognize safety issues and learn how to respond in emergency situations. This six-hour course is designed for youth ages 12 years and older. Participants who complete the course will receive a two year certification for the American Heart Association HeartSaver First Aid, CPR & AED training and will learn and practice performing the Heimlich Maneuver in addition to bandaging and basic first aid skills. Each participant will also learn how to start their own babysitting business, build a babysitting resume’ and will go through an interview process to be part of the online Children’s Safety Village Babysitter

Referral Program which will give information about each babysitter including age, area they live in or are willing to travel to, whether they are able to drive or need transportation, years of experience, etc. This site will also act as advertising for the youth who have participated in and qualified to be part of our referral service which is a great benefit to taking the course. The Class costs $75 per student and is limited to the first 16 registrants. To register, call 338-0171 or email Jessica Dayton at

¯ Have your next Birthday Party with us! With eight fun themes to choose from, parents are sure to find a birthday party package that suits their needs. Themes include: a Pirate Scavenger Hunt, Princess Birthday Ball, Safety Village Cars, Hoboken Cake Decorating Party, Hawaiian Luau, Wild West Party, Amazing Race and a Clue Mystery Party.

“We know that finding new kids’ birthday party ideas and venues can be a challenge for parents. Our goal is to provide a great venue with a variety of fun options for kids while making it easy on parents.” says Terri Kindberg, executive director.

More details about each package can be found on our website at For more information or to schedule a party, call the Children’s Safety Village at 338-0170 or email Village staff members will help make sure the child’s next birthday party is one to remember.

HeartSaver CPR/AED Classes Offered on Aug. 30 and Sept. 12 from 5-8 p.m., the Safety Village will be offering CPR/AED classes. These classes are designed to teach students how to perform CPR, choking maneuvers, and the use of an AED for use on adults, children and infants. Participants who complete the course will receive a two-year certification for the American Heart Association HeartSaver, CPR & AED training. Classes are offered for anyone age 12 years and older. Cost for the costs $45 per student with an additional $5 if the student would like a CPR certification card. Contact Jessica Dayton at 338-0171 or to sign up for these classes.