KATY, TEXAS (March 26, 2015)

KATY Aquatics and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital will bring “April Pools Day” to families at Katy Mills on Wednesday, April 1. The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. in the AMC Plaza near Entry 8, will feature water safety demonstrations, information booths, games, story time, giveaways and Simon Kidgits Club® activities plus a special appearance by Mayor Fabol Hughes and guest speaker Elizabeth Nuño who nearly lost her daughter last summer in a drowning accident.

“‘April Pools Day’ is a significant educational initiative that we implemented, locally, last year, after Katy experienced an overwhelming number of drowning incidents,” said Kay Sword, Trauma Program manager at Memorial Hermann Katy. “Together, with the support of community leaders, we hope to clarify the potential dangers, reduce the risk of incidents and keep families water-safe and sound.”

“April Pools Day,” recognized by aquatic organizations and health providers across the nation, is designed to teach families about water safety, raise awareness of the hazards associated with water, and prevent drowning in pools, bathtubs and all bodies of water. Seminars and demonstrations led by KATY Aquatics and Memorial Hermann Katy representatives will include how to properly wear a life jacket, information on first aid and CPR, and the best ways to watch children near water. The organizations will also give away 200 gift bags, while supplies last.

“With Harris County leading the state in drowning cases in 2013 and 2014, it is critical for us to educate parents and children, early, about proper water safety techniques,” said Travis Sandifer, executive director of KATY Aquatics. “We are proud to partner with Memorial Hermann and Katy Mills to inform young parents and communicate proactive measures to ensure a fun spring and summer.”

In addition to safety demonstrations, Katy Mills’ Simon Kidgits Club will have various activities for children including water safety inspired paper crafts and coloring and will provide educational material about local waterways. Kidgits Club members will receive a special bathtub toy to take home and enjoy. If families are not part of the club, they can sign-up and pay the annual $5 per child fee at the event.

“Swim safety is a huge concern for families in the Katy area,” said Sabrina Scruta, director of marketing and business development at Katy Mills. “With a focus on health, wellness, education and safety, this event is a perfect complement to the mission of our Simon Kidgits Club.”

As an added bonus for event patrons, Katy Mills will be giving away swag bags filled with special retail offers to the first 50 customers to sign up for the Mobile Shoppers Club.