Children’s Fun Fest is Saturday

ESCANABA– Kids and their parents will be able to enjoy games, crafts and have the opportunity to walk away with some free books during the annual Delta-Schoolcraft Great Start Collaborative Children’s Fun Fest at the Delta Plaza Mall in Escanaba Saturday. The free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

According to Laurie Mold, Delta County Great Start Parent Coalition liaison, Fun Fest will include 30 exhibitors focusing on promoting health, learning and family fun with children ages birth to eight years and their parents.

Some exhibitors include Public Health – Delta and Menominee Counties, Hannahville FACE Program, Escanaba Public Safety, Upper Peninsula Health Systems (UPHP), area preschools and more. The theme for this year’s event will be “It’s Fun to be in the U.P.!”

“We try to make it very hands-on,” said Mold, noting keeping in theme of being in the U.P., Small Wonders Preschool will feature an outhouse toilet paper toss and craft. Tri-County Safe Harbor will have a fishing activity. The U.P. Trappers Association will have various animal pelts for kids to try and identify, along with many others.

On average about 200 to 300 children attend the event each year, said Mold, noting not only does it bring families out into the community, it brings business to the mall.

Another activity kids and adults will be able to enjoy is Star Lab, which is an inflatable dome where the constellations in the night sky is projected onto the ceiling of the dome and children and families can learn about the various stars in the solar system. Star Lab is being brought to the event by Northwoods Math, Science and Tech Center, along with the Delta Astronomical Society.

In addition, children and their parents will have the chance to explore a police car with Escanaba Public Safety officers, meet a firefighters from the Escanaba Township Volunteer Fire Department and tour an ambulance with Rampart EMS.

On top of all of the activities and vendors, Mold said information on the various preschools around the area will be available to help parents seeking to enroll their child in preschool.

United Way of Delta County will also be providing registration for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, where parents can sign-up to have books delivered for free every month to their homes until their child reaches the age of five. Great Start will also be providing free books and bags to those in attendance.

Overall, Mold said the annual event is a success and the children along with their families enjoy all the fun fest has to offer.

“There’s always new families and new kids,” said Mold, adding she hopes everyone comes out and enjoys what our community has to offer.

The event is sponsored by the Delta-Schoolcraft Great Start Collaborative and Delta County Great Start Parent Coalition.