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Kidsfest provides one-stop shop for local families looking for fun

March 13, 2018

Throughout the years, Morgan Kiesling has helped delight children and their parents as they took in all to be offered at NB Kidsfest.

Kiesling, who works the booth for Homefield The Outdoor Living Store each year at Kidsfest, said she will be at it again this year and can’t wait.

“It’s fun. I get to see a bunch of happy, smiling kids running around enjoying the day that is special for them,” she said. “Usually we let them climb on the system. We also take a trampoline out there and let them jump on it.”

The seventh annual NB Kidsfest is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on April 7 at the Comal County Fairgrounds, 701 Common St. in New Braunfels.

Admission is free to children two and younger and $4 for everyone else.

Tickets discounted to $3 are available online at https://kidsfest.ticketleap.com/nbkidsfest/.

NB Kidsfest is billed at the Hill Country’s largest, hands-on, creative festival for local families.

Held in more than 100,000 square feet of space with interactive fun, activity stations, more than 150 exhibitors and more, attendees will be provided with experiences for an entire family, said Tammy Wood, Kidsfest event director.

“The purpose of the event is to bring all of the best resources, programs, services for families into one place for one day,” she said. “It’s very kid-focused.”

The participating companies are expected to present their offerings in a creative manner.

A vast majority will have activities for children to partake in while informing parents about what is available at the establishment.

Young people will dance and sing to entertain the crowds, Wood said, estimating that about 5,000 people will attend the event.

Companies will provide discount coupons for goods and services at their businesses, she said.

“Tons and tons of coupons,” Wood said. “Parents will be able to save money during the summer by hanging onto those coupons.”

Nonprofit organizations will also be around to let visitors know what sorts of resources are available in the community.

Wood said that aspect of Kidsfest makes it a wonderful tool for new families to the area.

Trying to visit or call the scores of participating groups, organizations and businesses outside of Kidsfest would be a daunting task, Wood said.

All of the parental learning can happen while children have a blast, the event director said.

“We really try to make it so that the kids are able to come out and kick the soccer balls, throw the footballs, try things they haven’t tried before,” Wood said. “One thing you won’t see at the event is a bunch of kids staring at their phones, parents either. It’s really too busy. It’s really like a day of play.”

Kiesling said Kidsfest is a great way for companies to increase their exposure.

Homefield sales playscapes and outdoor equipment for children, custom shade structures for adults and more, she said.

“We put a Rainbow (children’s play system) on display to educate parents interested in putting something in the back yard for the kids,” Kiesling said. “A lot of parents want to put something up but they don’t know where to get started.”

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