VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Museum Guild’s annual Children’s Party is geared for ages 3 through 9, yet it seemed all ages had fun at the 29th annual event.
Nearly 400 people filled the museum courtyard.
Joyce Walker, a 70-year-old Vacaville resident, balanced two bags of popcorn as her great-granddaughter, Janaya Hicks, 9, of Vallejo, made a beaded necklace.
“I don’t remember anything like this when I was growing up,” Walker said. “We went to the fair, which was called the carnival then. And we went to church events. ”
Walker saw the event as an opportunity to introduce her great-granddaughter to new things and Janaya agreed.
“There are a lot of activities here,” she said.
Janaya petted the live alpacas from Vacaville’s Ahh . . . Sweet Alpacas and had her face painted, all within a short time of arriving.
Museum Guild member Sue Elliott was there to help the youngsters make “camophlage” hats with greenery secured to empty plastic strawberry baskets with yarn.
“The kids are adorable,” she said. So adorable, she plans her vacation around the event to make sure she’s able to help.
Mother Goose, also known as Ann Waldman, does the same.
“I’m going on a trip next week,” she said. “I always try to be here.”
Sporting a princess crown made from an egg carton and topped with pompoms and glitter, Museum Guild member Diane Svedberg indulged her inner child.
“The adults tend to enjoy it almost as much as the children,” she said. “It brings out the child in all of us.”
The bubble activities caught her eye. Svedberg taught the science of bubbles to her third-grade classes.
“I still love the joy and science of bubbles,” she said.
Members of the Solano County 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology program helped out as well. Timothy Liu, 16, of Fairfield, helped at the station where the children stood on a small stool in a kiddie pool filled with soapy water. A hula hoop, filled with the water, was lifted above them to get a quick idea of life inside a bubble.
Liu said he’s now too tall to do the bubble trick but he still likes to hug Mr. Pickle, the mascot for a sandwich shop, and get some free Jelly Belly jelly beans.
“It’s a cool experience,” he said of the party.
Vacaville firefighter/paramedic Tony Fray liked to hear the stories at the party. He opened the back of a fire truck and showed off equipment such as the Jaws of Life. Then, a parent or child usually told him about the time they had to call the fire department.
A real crowd favorite was a visit from three female alpacas from Ahh . . . Sweet Alpacas.
“It’s not something you see every day,” said Bruce Nelson, who owns the ranch along with his wife, Joan, and mother-in-law, Kathryn Hamilton.
Brian Gidney, of Vacaville, and his 3-year-old daughter, Anne Gidney, wrapped up their day with the hot dog lunch served by the Vacaville Museum Guild members.
“It’s great to see her having fun,” he said.