Date set for KidsFest, community support sought

Published 12:14 pm Sunday, February 18, 2024

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The date is set for Children & Youth Partnership’s 15th Annual KidsFest event. This exciting festival for young children will be held on Friday, May 10, 2024 at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Children, parents, grandparents and child care programs are invited to participate in a morning of music, games, crafts, entertainment and play activities, all for free.

Last year, KidsFest brought out more than 1,600 young children and adults to enjoy a morning of fun on the grounds of Festival Park’s Outdoor Pavilion. Attendees participated in over 50 play opportunities that were available, including bubbles, the Sea Turtle Hospital, backyard bass, seed planting, a variety of arts and crafts, fire trucks, police cars, and a school bus.

Commemorating its 15th anniversary this year, KidsFest has become a much-anticipated event celebrating Dare County’s young children and promoting the importance of play in developing their minds and imaginations. Readi­ness for school is more than basic knowledge of language and math and includes all facets of development: physical, cognitive, social and emotional competencies.

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Play and positive 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. “The Outer Banks is a beautiful place for young children to connect with nature and develop a love for the outdoors and all that it offers in our community,” noted the CYP announcement.

CYP is currently seeking exhibitors to be a part of KidsFest 2024 by presenting an activity that is child-friendly and age-appropriate for young children up to the age of five.

“Don’t have an activity for kids but want to be involved? Ask us about how you can volunteer or help sponsor this well-loved event in our community,” the announcement continued. “CYP welcomes the opportunity to publicize your company or organization as a sponsor for this fun, feel-good celebration!”

Those interested in being a part of KidsFest 2024 should contact Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County at 252-441-0614 or visit for more information.