WHAT Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Kids Fest
WHERE 101 Delaware Veterans Blvd., Milford
WHEN 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 8, rain or shine
TICKETS: $5 for adults; Kids admitted for free
INFO Call 422-4453

The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club will hold its Kids Fest for the 16th year in a row this Saturday. Families can come out and enjoy 12 different inflatables, games, crafts, pony and train rides and food.

“The event has always been a success because it is family friendly,” said Margaux Azzanesi, regional development director for the Milford, Rehoboth and Dover clubs. “Families are sure to have a great time and it supports such a great cause: the kids in our community.”

The day will start bright and early with a 5K run/walk for adults at 8 a.m. and races for kids at 9 a.m. Registration for adults is $25, while kids race for free. Participants can register for the race on site the morning of the race or call 422-4453 for more information.

There will also be an entertainment tent that will feature acts throughout the day. The entertainment tent will kick the day off with a talent show, followed by a musician at 1 p.m., The Sankofa Dance Company will perform at 2 p.m. and there will be a mad scientist demonstration at 3 p.m.

Anyone over the age of 8 can let their adventurous side out with S.C.U.B.A diving in the Boys & Girls Club pool from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Many of the activities are free, but the purchase of a $5 activity bracelet will give kids access to everything the event has to offer.

“After working on this even for months, when the day finally gets here and I see kids having fun it’s wonderful, it’s worth every minute,” said Kids Fest Coordinator Linda Chick.

Inside the Boys & Girls Club there will be a spot to cool off from potential heat and there will also be games in the gym.

“We are hoping that this will expose people to what the Boys & Girls Club does,” Chick said. “Kids Fest has always been at the fairgrounds in Harrington before, but now that we moved it to Milford it gives people the opportunity to see the great facility we have.”

The proceeds from Kids Fest will be fund programs at the Boys & Girls Club, such as art programs, athletics, character building and education.

“The Boys & Girls Club is a big help for parents who work,” Chick said. “We are open every day after school and there are often activities on Saturdays and hours for swimming. On Saturday and Sunday when there’s no school there are activities that go on at the club.”

Kids Fest has raised nearly $200,000 for the club over the past 16 years . Several thousand turn out for the even each year, Chick said.

“It’s a wonderful way to make money for programs,” she said. “We can be presenting a nice show and nice activities for families at a reasonable price, while also earing money for the club to bring resources in.”