Safety Village To Offer Variety Of Activities, Courses

The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village will host a series of activities and courses in the coming weeks, including youth courses in traffic and bike safety. Submitted photo

ASHVILLE — With the summer season heading into its golden hour, the community offerings are just starting to amp up for an area nonprofit educational organization.

The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is preparing to host a series of family-centric public events throughout the coming weeks, whereby visitors can partake in a variety of activities and courses designed to prevent unnecessary injuries and unfortunate fatalities of children in the community.

Festivities kick off next week with the Safety Village’s “Open to the Public” day Tuesday. Children in grades Pre-K-6 are invited to learn firsthand about traffic, bike and fire safety.

The fire safety training allows children to learn in a hands-on environment the importance of having two ways out of every room in their home, choosing a meeting place with their family and creating an escape plan. Traffic and bike safety lessons begin in the classroom, where children are taught about sign recognition, rules of the road, pedestrian safety and crosswalk safety before taking to the Safety Village streets in miniature cars and bikes to put their new knowledge into practice.

The program includes outdoor training, which will take place rain or shine, unless the weather is extreme. Children should dress appropriately, and students must wear gym shoes and rain coats as necessary.

There are two classes to choose from: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child, and parents are free and welcome to stay. To register, call 338-0171 or email Safety Village Executive Director Terri Kindberg at

On Tuesday, Aug. 29, a babysitting course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in which participants will receive hands-on training in the areas of First Aid, CPR and AED, as well as the Heimlich Maneuver used for choking patients. Participants will also 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 and 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 on-line Children’s Safety Village Babysitter Referral Program — which will give information about each babysitter.

The class costs $75 per student, and is limited to the first 16 registrants. To register, call 338-0171 or email Jessica Dayton at

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Safety Village will offer additional CPR and AED courses for anyone ages 12 and older. The cost of the courses are $45 per student, with an additional $5 if the student would like a CPR certification card. For more information, or to register, contact Dayton at the above information.

Additionally, the Safety Village is offering families the opportunity to schedule a birthday party at its facility. Families can choose from one of eight themes including: 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,” Kindberg said. “Our goal is to provide a great venue with a variety of fun options for kids while making it easy on parents.”

More details on each birthday party package can be found online at For more information, or to schedule a party, contact Kindberg at the above information.