Chicago International Children's Day

TACA and Turkish Friends of Naperville are pleased to present: International Children's Day. The event will be held on Sunday April 26, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The event will be held at Ranch View Elementary School, which is located at 1651 Ranchview Dr, Naperville, IL.

The International Children's Day event will be filled with fun, a parade of nations, performances in traditional costumes, exhibits, face painting, festivities, activities, gifts, and many more surprises.

Admission to the event is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Turkish American Cultural Alliance (TACA) presents 19th International Children's Day with the attendance of children representing 9 different countries. Children and parents from various ethnic backgrounds from Chicagoland gather for this joyful celebration for all children. Children parade dressed in their traditional costumes and perform for the audience. The parade of nations in 2020 will include Albania, America, Bulgaria, Colombia, India, Korea, Lithuania, Russia and Turkey.

In Turkey, Children's Day originated from the first gathering of Grand National Assembly on April 23, 1920. Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, gifted April 23rd to the children of the country, so that they would cherish their independence. This year marks the 97th celebration of this day.

On April 23rd children from around the world come to Turkey. Turkish families who have children of a similar age host them. Festivities last over a week. The visiting and Turkish children spend a lot of time together. Many children, often not even speaking the same language, create lifelong friendships. Several of the events are broadcasted on television, showing the children in their traditional outfits, dancing singing and exchanging gifts. The United Nations acknowledges and participates in the events.

TACA has been bringing this celebration to Chicago in the same spirit, to share the International Children's Day with children of all backgrounds so that they all learn to appreciate different cultures and get to experience a joyous event with others, showcase their talents, and make new friends. Children parade dressed in their traditional costumes and performs their traditional dance shows for the audience. Each country represented has the opportunity to display national flags and share information.

Previous Years Pictures

You can see the festive spirit of the day, the beautifully choreographed and presented parades, dance shows and exhibitions in the photo gallery.



Sponsorship information

There are different levels of sponsorship for this celebration, as well as product sampling or gift packs for kids options. As TACA wants everyone who would like to contribute to this event be able own parts of it, there are personal sponsorship options as well. All the sponsors will have visibility and branding during the event as well as their names/logos used in the printed ads and online sites for the event. This event is a noble and engaging event for all the brands -especially the kids' brands to connect with their consumers. Please refer to sponsor us page for sponsorship options.