The Waxahachie Police Department is gearing up for its fourth annual Cops & Kids Picnic in April.

The attractions at the community relations event will include bounce houses, obstacle courses, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, and more.

Snow cones and hot dogs will keep those in attendance refreshed and energized.

The main attraction will be a raffle with 80 bicycles up for grabs.

If that’s not amazing enough, everything at the family gathering is free.

“The overall intent of this event is to provide a means for police officers to have positive interactions with children of all ages from our community,” the department explained in a Facebook post. “At this day and age, it is more important than ever to build a positive and trusting relationship between police officers, families and children in the community.”

To pull it off and provide for the huge numbers expected to attend, the department is hoping to partner with local businesses, churches and civic groups.

“Expectations for another large turnout are extremely high, but we can’t do it alone,” stated the department in an appeal for help. “Waxahachie area businesses have already began donating time, employees, donations and merchandise for the event, but we need your involvement.”

To donate or lend your services, contact Community Services Officer O.T. Glidewell at 469-309-4419 or

The event kicks off on Saturday, April 4 at Getzendaner Park, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park is located at 400 S. Grand Ave. in Waxahachie.

“The Cops & Kids Picnic has proven to be a huge success in the community, bringing in thousands of people from the community…,” the department noted. “Together we can forge a strong community relationship among local youth, our officers and our partners.”