Kid Central Festival: Downtown fun for all ages

Posted May 04, 2011, at 4:10 p.m.

BANGOR — BangPop! will present the first Kid Central Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, downtown.

With the help of local businesses, museums and other arts organizations, families will enjoy a wealth of fun and free activities indoors and outside. From root beer making to tie dying, face painting to building your own cannoli, there will be activities for everyone age 12 and under.

In Norumbega Park, youngsters will hear the melodic sounds of Miss Julie of Julie and the Bug Boys, participate in a live animal demonstration with local naturalist Tony Sohns, and enjoy a tumbling workshop courtesy of My Gym in Brewer.

The Kid Central Festival begins at 11 am until 5 pm and full schedule information is available at www.KidCentralFest.com.

Participants will begin the day at Kid Central Headquarters at Bagel Central, 33 Central St., to pick up a Kid Central map and schedule to help them on their way and enter a drawing for giveaways.

Kid Central Festival coincides with national Free Comic Book Day, so kids can stop in at a local comic shop, Top Shelf Comics, to get a special comic book while supplies last.

In honor of Free Comic Book Day, the festival will hold a Kid Superhero Costume Contest in the afternoon. Kid Central HQ also will feature Maine comic artists and children’s book illustrators such as Josh Alves and D.S. Edwards. Children can pick up a free Capt’n Eli Coloring Book by Jay Piscopo while supplies last. Families also can play table-top games courtesy of Game Citadel.

Other businesses will offer activities as well. The Briar Patch will host a music session with Judy Fricke, storytelling with author Lynn Plourde and a paper flower craft. This Handmade Life will offer a scrapbook box activity, while Studio 36 above has a drop-in photo session available with fun props.

At Bella Luna, youngsters can bring their own T-shirt to design their own fashion and even place it on a mannequin in the window. Many other great activities are planned throughout the day. Visit http://www.KidCentralFest.com for the full listing. All activities are free and designed for children age 12 and under.

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