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KidsFest returns to Roanoke Island Festival Park May 11

Children & Youth Partnership’s 11th annual KidsFest will be held on Friday, May 11, at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Children, parents, grandparents and child-care programs are invited to participate in a morning of fun, games, snowballs, ice cream, and play activities.

Last year, despite challenging weather, more than 1,200 young children, parents, grandparents and other caregivers enjoyed a morning with more than 60 play stations that included face painting, bubbles, the teddy bear hospital, a variety of arts and crafts, a webstacle course, the U.S. Coast Guard boat, and Buster the School Bus.

KidsFest has become an annual event celebrating the young child and promoting the importance of play in developing the minds and imaginations of young children. Readiness for school is more than basic knowledge of language and math, and includes all facets of development: physical, cognitive, social and emotional competencies. 

Play and good play environments allow opportunities for children to discover, create, imagine, explore, and experience materials that will foster language skills, writing, cooperation, and scientific and mathematical concepts. 

Contact Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County (CYP) at 252-441-0614 for more information about the event.