Monday Morning Magic marks 40 years of making kids smile

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The K-Days midway welcomed hundreds of special guests Monday as families made the best of a rainy day and marked the 40th anniversary of Monday Morning Magic.
About 500 special needs children attended the free event, which runs annually in the morning when the park is normally closed. Special guests, including the full lineup of the Edmonton Eskimos, members of the Oil Kings, Mounties, Disney princesses and cartoon mascots, joined the kids on rides and posed for pictures.
Meeting the Esks was a highlight for Skylar Fauser, a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was there with her sisters and her mother, Natalie Brausen.
“She’s all about the high-fives and the hugs,” Brausen said, as they waited to get on one of the rides.
They’ve been coming to the event since Skylar was four and Brausen appreciates the efforts the volunteers make to create a special environment.
“I just love seeing everybody coming out and engaging with our children and helping them,” Brausen said. “It’s amazing.”
The event is designed to let children who get overstimulated by large crowds, or who have physical disabilities that make it more difficult to get around the exhibition, enjoy K-Days at their own pace.
For many of the children present, like Jake Farion, it’s something they come back to year after year.
“It does look chaotic here,” said Jake’s father, Greg Farion, who has been bringing his 11-year-old son since he was three. “But it’s not as chaotic as a regular day.”
Jake was in charge of setting the morning’s game plan.
“We’re doing all the rides,” he said.


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