Five-year-old Toby Averill knew what to say to every adult he met on Labor Day.
"Thank you for working," he said.
For Toby, the day is also synonymous with the Labor Day Pool Party at the Merage Jewish Community Center in Irvine.
His family has been attending the annual event for the past five years and look forward to it each year, said Toby's father Steve Averill.
"We love coming here," Averill said. "It's the perfect environment for the kids. It's like a home away from home."
The community center throws two pool parties a year — one on Memorial Day to say hello to summer and one on Labor Day to bid it farewell, said the center's marketing director Sheila Witzling.
"This is our way of acknowledging that summer is closing down, kids are going back to school and we wanted to invite everybody to come out here and have a good time," she said.