Archive for Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Kids Zone will offer small fry diversion

October 16, 2002

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 some activities for children. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

"Walking around, trailing behind mom and dad looking at crafts is not that exciting to kids. They're not as interested in crafts as their parents are," Annie France, Kids Zone coordinator, said. "This gives them their own time at what is considered a family festival. This appeals to their wants and desires."

Returning this year are the pony rides.

Also returning this year is the air-filled obstacle course. There will also be a Kirby the Caterpillar air jump and well as another new moonwalk.

There will be benches placed around the area for parents to sit and supervise their children.

France said she encouraged all families to stop by the Kids Zone.

"It's a nice break for parents and almost a necessity for kids," she said.

As always, however, the Kids Zone is not a place to drop children off and leave. It is not a child care center, according to Maple Leaf Festival organizers.

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