WEEKEND: KidsFest promises fun, information for families
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Balloons brighten the Vern Burton Community Center around the Port Angeles Friends of the Library table during the 2012 KidsFest.

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Children and their parents will find fun and information at the 24th annual Kiwanis KidsFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Nearly 50 organizations will participate in KidsFest at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St.

They will offer a variety of activities that include games, coloring, mask-making and other crafts, puppet shows, stories, music, a mock jail and demonstrations of martial arts, ham radio operation and fly-tying.

Club motto

“Our motto is 'Serving the Children of the World,' and this is an activity that we do to support that motto,” said Michael McCarty, youth services chairman of the Port Angeles Kiwanis, which is sponsoring the fair in association with several other organizations.

“Typically, we have 1,500 people or more,” McCarty said.

Among this year's new events is a Bike Rodeo.

Children can bring their bikes and helmets and run a course set up in the Clallam County Courthouse parking lot near the community center.

Rodeos will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will cover helmet safety, the basics of bike mechanics, bike handling and intersections.

The Parent Zone will be in the center's atrium, where agencies will offer information and referrals.

Staffing booths in the Parent Zone will be the Port Angeles Healthy Youth Coalition, the Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center, the Lower Elwha Tribal Police and the life coaches of Thriving on the Olympic Peninsula.

Mock jail

The Clallam County Emergency Management Division will sponsor Community Safety Day, with displays of emergency vehicles, a mock firehouse and a mock jail, McCarty said.

Participating in the emergency responders' displays will be the State Patrol, state fire marshal, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Olympic Ambulance, American Red Cross, Clallam Bay Corrections Center, Port Angeles Fire Department and Clallam County fire districts Nos. 2, 3 and 5.

Goals for KidFest “are to provide community awareness and information about parenting, resources in the community and free family activities for children,” McCarty said.

For more information, phone 360-452-5437.

Last modified: February 28. 2013 4:51PM
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