Kids and Parents Come to Campus, Leave With Aggie Pride

Child runs with football around trash cans
The football team ran participants through drills at Take Our Children to Work Day. (Max Thompson/UC Davis)

The annual Take Our Children to Work Day last week generated excitement among kids who got an inside look at unique aspects of campus and pride among parents who were reminded of some of their employer’s best traits.

“This is my favorite day of the year, by far,” said Adrianne Bataska, assistant director of events for Global Affairs. Her two kids get to see her office (and rearrange the furniture) in the International Center, and visited the Data Lab, the Diane Bryant Engineering Student Design Center and more.  

She added that it makes her proud to work somewhere that hosts an event like this.

“This always renews my civic pride,” she said.

Young child does tackle drill
A young visitor tries out a tackling drill. (Max Thompson/UC Davis)

This year, about 1,250 people registered for the April 25 event through the organizer, Human Resources. Many events are so popular that spaces are assigned through a lottery, and the day’s activities lend a “mini Picnic Day” atmosphere to campus.

Missy Gable ’04, ’07 MS, director of the Master Gardener Program for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, which also participates in the campus event, said she is always impressed by the wide range of offerings. Her two kids spent time with the football and gymnastics teams, and saw the Student Farm. 

“We put on such a good show,” she said.

Lindsey Douros, assistant director of volunteer engagement for Development and Alumni Relations, said her kids look forward to the event and ask about it each year. This year one added a new refrain: “I’m going to come to UC Davis when I’m old enough.” 

She said the event sends a positive message to employees.

“It’s nice to work someplace where they want us to have a good work-life balance with kids.”

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Cody Kitaura is the editor of Dateline UC Davis and can be reached by email or at 530-752-1932.

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