VACAVILLE — Warm weather and plenty of activities welcomed families at Andrews Park Saturday during the 14th annual Kid Fest.
“The kids are having a lot of fun,” said Jill Childers, fire plans examiner/inspector for the Vacaville Fire Department. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Representatives from dozens of health care facilities, learning centers, organizations and businesses offered free supplies and information at the various tents that covered the landscape. Vacaville firefighters offered photo opportunities in a fire truck and the Vacaville Police Department demonstrated fingerprinting and displayed the city’s BearCat armored vehicle. There were also performances by young local dancers from Patty’s Studio of Dance, DancSing Stars Studio and J & S Center for Performing Arts.
Ben Hoover, of Vacaville, brought his 6-year-old son, Sean, and 9-year-old daughter, Kailee, to the event, where they enjoyed the fingerprinting and the dance shows.
“It gets the kids out of the house,” said Hoover. “It keeps them active, and they learn a little bit about the community.”
Sean especially enjoyed Vacaville-based Battle Recon’s mobile laser tag, where children battled in a field full of inflatable obstacles.
“I like guns,” said Sean. “I like hiding and scaring them.”
The Vacaville Reporter’s Shauna Manina, who founded the event in 1999, said an average of 5,000 families were expected to attend Saturday’s fest.
“It’s all about the kids, all about the community,” she said. “It’s endured over the years with its hands-on activities for no-cost or low-cost,” she said.
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