Since whatever we dwell on grows, at Kidsfest, we want to dwell on kindness, and our theme for 2019 is the Caravan of Kindness. A caravan is a group of people travelling together on a journey. For our children’s parade, we will literally be travelling together down Elmwood Avenue. In a looser sense, we’re also all fellow travelers with all people on this planet that we share. What better caravan is there to travel in than one of kindness?
As you enter Kidsfest, you can spin the Wheel of Kindness, which will suggest an act of kindness to carry out. The activities within Kidsfest provide ample opportunities to express kindness in many ways: sharing, exchanging, thanking, smiling, collaborating, recycling, helping and more. In between you can polish, print, punch (holes in paper that is!), bead, shape, glue, drill, saw and draw your way through Kidsfest. Take in a workshop or performance at our world class performance tent, then join us for our Caravan of Kindness Parade on Sunday at 4PM. Line up begins at the M&T parking lot at Elmwood and Breckenridge. Kids and their parents, kids-at-heart and any and all kind energies are invited to join the caravan, providing their colors and spreading their kindness all the way to the St. James stage. The musical groove of the famous 12/8 Path Band will accompany us, as well as the spectacular theatrical artistry of Antonio Cruz Zavaleta, Kyla Kegler and Franklin La Voie.
Did you know that Kidsfest plants a tree in the Elmwood Village every year? A big thank you to Cyd Cox and Anthony Brown for donating, decorating and planting our tree. Thank you to Diane Meldrum and Craig Gordon for acting as Masters of Ceremonies in our Performance Tent. Thank you to Aurora Waldorf School, Nardin Montessori Academy and Locust Street Art for their volunteer service. Thank you to Cousin Kelly for providing his artful wooden sculpture wonderland. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers, and donors for all their goodwill. And thank you to you, festival participants, for adding your kindness to our collective caravan.