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Clark County Children’s Festival Fun for All Ages

Children of all ages can celebrate the joys of childhood during the 18th annual Clark County Children’s Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 17 at the Winchester Cultural Center and Park, 3130 S. McLeod Drive. The event and many activities are free, but there are minimal fees for selected activities, rides and concessions. The award-winning festival combines recreational, cultural and creative activities to entertain and educate children of all ages. This year, areas of the festival will be divided into kingdoms such as the Renaissance, Nature, Animal and Adventure kingdoms.

In the Animal Kingdom, kids of all ages can ride a pony or meet a camel, monkey, binturong, also known as the Asian Bearcat; coatimundi, a mammal in the raccoon family; kangaroo and tegu, a lizard; as well as sheep, goats, cows, pigs, turkeys and chickens in the festival’s zoo.

Adventure Kingdom offers active kids the chance to experience the umbrella ride, Ferris wheel, swing and train rides after they test their strength on the climbing wall. Challenges can be met on the kids’ fitness play course or with carnival games and circus workshops. In the Renaissance Kingdom, children can witness historical mock knight battles as well as play in the water park area.

During indoor and outdoor crafts workshops, children will learn how to play the drums, tell stories and be a clown. Arts and crafts, strolling performers and ongoing dance and music performers keep the day fun, entertaining and moving along.

Featured on the outdoor stage will be Winchester’s own Star Catchers, a hip-hop youth dance team, and Encore, A Show Choir, the center’s resident youth vocal group. Other performers include magic by Dixie Dooley, the festival emcee; Razzmatazz Dance Company, the Showbiz Kidz and more.

Food and beverages, provided by Sweet & Treats, El Jalapeno and local groups, are available for purchase. Some activities require registration and information can be found at the front desk.

Those interested in the festival can call Winchester Cultural Center at 455-7340 or visit the Web site at www.accessclarkcounty.com/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook by visiting http://tinyurl.com/l87c4l.