Kids and their families will swarm to the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre on Saturday, March 1, for the 23rd Annual Children’s Festival taking place between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
“The society likes to provide activities for kids and parents to participate in. Children’s Fest is a time for families to come together and have fun,” said Bev Killbery of the Prince Rupert Special Events Society, which organizes the event each year.
Throughout the day Lazer Fish will be putting on laser tag in the Dick St. Louis Auditorium, back by popular demand after headlining last year’s festival.
Meanwhile, there will be a variety of games, activities and displays in the Russell Gamble Gymnasium. Activities will include the glitter wheel, Imagination Unlimited table where children can use recycled goods to make crafts, a tattoo parlour, face painting, climbing wall, small bouncy castle and more.
The Angry Birds game will be returning, a favourite at Hallowe’en Fest, as well as the hammer and nails game, just two of the many games for kids.
After working up an appetite, children and their families can snack on carnival treats like hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy, with beverages and some healthier options also being provided.
Additionally, there will also be an assortment of displays of Prince Rupert organizations, many having an educational component to them.
“There’s a little bit of everything,” said Killbery.
The admission cost will be $2 for kids, with parents and guardians being asked to make a donation to enter.
Killbery said without all the donations from Prince Rupert merchants, businesses and social organizations, as well as help from the many volunteers, the society wouldn’t be able to put on events like Children’s Fest.
Anyone willing to volunteer is encouraged to call the society’s office at (250) 624-9118.