Archive for Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Kids Zone has plenty to offer the youngsters

October 17, 2001

The Maple Leaf Festival has something for all ages, including a Kids Zone for the younger-aged festival goers.

The Kids Zone, located in the parking lot behind the Baldwin First United Methodist Church at Eighth and Grove streets, will feature four activities this year for children. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exotic petting zoo is returning again this year. Betsy Kaplan, Kids Zone chair, said the zoo was a popular attraction last year.

"Last year went over really well," she said. "They had quite a few unusual animals."

This year the zoo will feature a number of animals including a camel and kangaroos.

Also returning this year will be the pony rides and an inflatable obstacle course.

The new attraction this year will be for the children under six years of age, Kaplan said.

A section of the Kids Zone will be fenced off for pedal cars. Parents will be able to go in the area with children to help navigate the cars if necessary, she said.

The petting zoo is free, but there are small fees for the pony rides, obstacle course and pedal cars.

Kaplan said the Kids Zone area is unsupervised.

"This isn't a place parents can just drop the kids off and leave," she said.

There will be benches placed around the area for parents to sit.

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