Kids Fest 2016

If you live in North Florida and didn’t make it out to Kids Fest today, you have another chance tomorrow, 11-5!

Kids Fest 2016 Orange Park FL

Kids Fest

Friday, June 10, 2016 and Saturday, June 11, 2016
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM both days
Tweeting? IGing? #OPKidsFest

We had a great time at the Kids Fest today!  The boys’ favorite part of Kids Fest every year, of course!, is the bounce houses and slides / waterslides.  We save that for the end. :p

Kids Fest 2016 Waterslide C

Kids Fest 2016 Waterslide B

I think we took home more freebies this year than in the past.  Lots of vendors had all sorts of goodies to give away, some just for walking by and some for playing a little game or doing an activity (Walgreens had jump rope and hula hoop).

It was very hot, so if you head out I would suggest bringing along a water bottle for each person, though there are plenty of food and refreshment trucks ready to serve. If the kids will be hitting the waterslides, bathing suits and towels would be great to wear / bring along as well.

Info From Kids Fest:

The Town of Orange Park hosts their award winning Kids Fest and promises it will be filled with creative and interactive activities, storytelling, hands-on workshops and educational displays, cultural experiences, arts and crafts, costumed characters, and more! Parents and children alike can frolic through the many imagination stations, shows and displays that will be on site. Then visit the multiple exhibitions and activities that are sure to get the creative juices flowing. The entire family is sure to have a great time as they share in the fun, food and festive celebrations that bring the whole family and Town of Orange Park community together at Town Hall. This event is designed with children 12 and younger in mind.

Cost: Admission is free! There will be a mixture of free and minimal charge activities available at the event.

Event Map:

Kids Fest 2016 MapActivities:

Lots of free and minimal cost activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Train Rides – FREE ALL DAY thanks to Farm Bureau Insurance!

Bounce Zone – $7 to play on the inflatables all day including water slides. Stunt Jump: $5 per jump. Bungee Jump: $7 a turn.

Mini Golf – FREE ALL DAY!

Pony Rides – $5 per ride.

Obstacle Course by My Gym – FREE ALL DAY!

Aqua Bubbles – $5 – $10 per person

Imagination Station – Free art activities all day.

Princess Makeovers from Once Upon a Time – $5 per person

Touch-a-Truck Zone – Free to touch, climb and photograph! Open all day!


Friday, June 10, 2016:

11:00 AM – Caragh Zeigler (singer)
11:30 AM – Dance4Lide (dance)
12:00 PM – Christian Bryan (magician)
1:00 OM – Boo Boo the Clown
2:00 PM – Katherine Archer (singer)
3:00 PM – Captain Chanracter (ventriloquist)
4:00 PM – DJ Dance Party

Saturday, June 11, 2016:

11:00 AM – LeeAnn Purvis (singer)
11:30 AM – Miss Marie’s Kids (singers)
12:30 PM – Southern Rhythm Cloggers (dance)
1:15 PM – Boo Boo the Clown
2:15 PM – GRIT Girls Run It Tonight (line dancing)
2:45 PM – The Wave (band)
3:30 PM – Tone Revival (band)
3:10 PM – Red Atlas (band)
4:00 PM – DJ Dance Party


13th Masonic District Child IDs
A Sand Art
A&E Refreshments
Air Tat Body Art
All American Gutter Protection
Aqua Bubbles
B Mama’s Food
Bath Fitters
Bath Planet of Jax
Beautiful Baby Bows
Beech Nut
Beth Kailes Pediatric Dentistry
Bikers Against Child Abuse
Bold City Chiropractic
Bouncing Teeter Totters
Bracken Family Chiropractic
C Millennium Home Design
Celebration Church Sisterhood
Clay Behavioral Health
Clay Department of Health
Clay Pot Lighthouses
Colleen’s Confections & Catering
Cosmo’s Kettle
Destiny Dance Center
DIRenee Creations
Domino’s Pizza
Early Learning Coalition
Edward Jones
EF Homestay
Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
Everybody Wins Balloon Pop
Farm Bureau Insurance
Fun 4 First Coast Kids
Fun 4 Clay & Bradford Kids
Fun Time Foods
Fuzzy’s Refreshments
Girl Scouts
Grace Episcopal
Granite Transformations
Handmade with Love
Hawaii Fyve-Snow
Historical Society of Orange Park
Human Powered Snow Cones
Island All Stars Cheer & Tumbling
Island View Baptist Church
It Works
J’s Snack Shack
Jacksonville Pediatric Associates
Kidz Klubhouse Day Care
Lemongrass Spa
Living the Dream Sand Creations
Metro PCS
Michele’s Unique Bowtique
Molina Healthcare
Monnibella Snap Jewelry
Ms. Rosie’s Produce
My Color-Full Florida
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center
Nerium International
Once Upon a Time
OP Chapter #226 OES
OPMC First Aid
Orange Park Medical Center
Pajama Monsters
Palms Medical Group
Paracord Team Products
Pineapple Float Express
Precision Natural Medicine
Quigley House
RC Remote Control Cars
ReBath & Kitchens
Repicci’s Italian Ice
Riley’s Concessions
Select Health & Wellness
Sharon’s Avon
Tasty Dog
Town of Orange Park
Turkey Legs
United Health Care
Usborne Books & More
We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym
Weaver & Stratton Pediatric Dentistry
Yari’s Jewels

For more information, visit OP Kids Fest.

“Welcome To Summer” Surprise For The Kids: Kiddie Pool Full Of Sand Plus Beach and Outside Toys!

It’s Summer!!  Woot! Woot!

On the last day of school (for my 4th grader… my PreK-er got out almost a week earlier), I had a WELCOME TO SUMMER surprise waiting!

Welcome To Summer Surprise For Kids - Kiddie Pool Filled With Beach and Outside ToysOur outside toys had become more than a little worse for wear and I recently tossed A LOT of them.  😮  Making room for new summer toys!

A lot of the items I bought for $1 (LOVE me some Dollar Tree!), but there were a few things I paid a little more for… the kiddie pool, sand (it is hard to see, but there is play sand in the kiddie pool – a DIY that’s much cheaper than the turtle sandbox, but there’s no lid), bubble blower, sidewalk chalk, and the big snake pool float (a consignment sale find, I think it was $4).

A few of the items were around $3: badmitton set (Walmart), pirate ship beach playset (Dollar General), and the super large Frisbee-like toy (Walmart).  The Summer Lovin’ sign was $4 from Five and Under, but that was for me.  😉

My favorite Dollar Tree item is the large green basket in the middle of the kiddie pool.  It is LARGE and has a handle.  Perfect for beach toys!

The Nerf bullets are from Wish.  I don’t remember exactly how much they were, but I got a large amount for really cheap.  I also bought foam “cans” to shoot from them, too ($1 for 6).

I also bought a few balls, but they wouldn’t fit in the kiddie pool, so I threw them in the trampoline.

Trampoline with Balls - Part of Welcome To Summer Surprise For Kids

That’s somewhat of a summary of what I purchased for our surprise, but you can include any fun, summer toys.  I collected items over a period of time, so I didn’t feel the pinch buying it all at once.  😉

Eyeing the playhouse in the far background of the trampoline pic, I’m thinking it is due for an overhaul.  I’ll let yall know if I get brave enough to tackle it! 

My boys are very excited about the beginning of Summer Break and are enjoying the new toys:

DIY Sandbox With Kiddie Pool - Welcome To Summer Surprise For KidsFun Play - Welcome To Summer Surprise For KidsTrampoline Play - Welcome To Summer Surprise For Kids

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Oh, and also a gentle nudging to sign myself up for the adult summer reading program.  I’m assuming that one doesn’t have stickers and weekly prizes, though.  Ha!

Our library’s reading log just has places for the stickers, not an actual log (list) of the books.  I think we are also going to use this Reading Log as a master copy to keep track of the books (especially if we do other summer reading programs):

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Be sure to read the rules for each program.

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Books A Million Summer Reading Adventure *FREE LUNCH BAG*

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