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Fun for All Ages at the 17th Annual Children’s Festival April 18

Children of all ages can celebrate the joys of childhood during the 17th annual Clark County Children’s Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 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.

In the play area, children can ride one of Dixie’s ponies on the Pony-Go-Round or enjoy the company of animals during the Roos-N-More Petting Zoo. Active kids can ride 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. Other activities include mock knight battles and the water play park. New this year is the LegoLand Area, a fun trip with a childhood toy for the whole family.

During indoor and outdoor crafts workshops, children can learn how to paint and then use their skills to create a colorful ceramic tile of their own. Arts and crafts, garden book tours and skate park activities also will be available.

On the outdoor stage, Winchester’s own Star Catchers, a hip-hop youth dance team, and the Youth Choir, the center’s resident youth vocal group, will entertain the crowd. Other performers include magic by Dixie Dooley, Razzmatazz Dance Company, Encore Dance Team, storytelling and drumming by Eric Price, Shirley Chen Dancers and the Showbiz Kidz.

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.