Hot Wheels Racing Day brings kids to College Park

Girls and boys, start your engines!

Friday was Hot Wheels Racing Day at College Park.

As part of its retro theme “Decades,” the Summer Involvement Program (SIP) invited kids to come and race Hot Wheels toy cars from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and afterward enjoy some cold refreshment.

It was a popular activity for the daily kids program.

“We’ve been open since 10, and we’ve had close to 50” kids come and compete, said Thom Brown, a volunteer who wore his Hot Wheels 50th anniversary T-shirt for the occasion.

Mattel, the toy company, began making the die-cast toy race cars in 1968, and they have been a favorite of kids since.

They’re not just toys for boys, either.

Adrieona Ward, 11, bested Carter Johnston, 10, in some of the races Friday, but he vowed to get her next time.

Dalton Walker, 8, won four times.

Brown said there were no trophies, only “bragging rights.”

Every child got a certificate for participating and a brand-new Hot Wheels car to take home. They also got popsicles, popcorn and lemonade.

The SIP program has activities at College Park on Mondays and Fridays, and events are all online Tuesdays, Wednedays and Thursdays.

“This is our first in-person event,” Brown said.

Children can also pick up “activity bags” with things to do at home, such as toys, coloring books and puzzles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Monday and Friday at the College Park library.

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