While entrancing video games might keep some local children from the outdoors, it's a different story whenever the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club's annual Kids Fest is underway.
While entrancing video games might keep some local children from the outdoors, it’s a different story whenever the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club’s annual Kids Fest is underway.
Kids Fest ─ which averages a couple hundred people per event ─ drew an estimated 1,000 kids last year, despite poor weather.
Kids Fest is a large fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club that intertwines entertainment such as inflatables and live performances with educational activities like touch tanks to engage festivalgoers in a healthy, outdoor experience.
The 17th annual Kids Fest will launch this Saturday at the Milford Boys & Girls’ headquarters. Barring bad weather, at least 2,500 kids are expected to attend this year’s bash, said new Kids Fest Committee Chairwoman Leanne Silicatto Prosser.
A heavy emphasis was made on featuring a strong and diverse lineup for this year’s entertainment, which will include performances by local dancers in Milford’s Diamond Dance Company and the Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy (at 2:30 p.m.), the Calvary National Youth Mass Choir of Lincoln (at 11:10 a.m.) and Sankofa dancers and drummers of Dover (at 12:20 p.m.).
Seasoned parachutist Sam Chick (at noon) also will freefall out of an aircraft from 7,000 feet then parachute down to the grounds of the Kids Fest for all attendees to see.
The Dewey Beach-based band Love Seed Mama Jump will headline Kids Fest, rocking the crowd all day long (starting at 10:10 a.m.).
Food vendors will be on site to dish up yummy nibbles to visitors.
The 17th annual Kids Fest will mark Silicatto Prosser’s first time as the event chairwoman. She said she wanted to create a lineup for the festival that would attract the entire community, not just children.
And that started with cementing Love Seed as the headliner. Love Seed is a popular six-piece rock band that is currently the Washington Redskins’ official house band, a title the group has held for a shade over a decade.
“They’re a very kind, friendly, upbeat, fun and jovial type of band,” Silicatto Prosser said. “I think the recognition of that band will help to bring people [without children] out who might not have otherwise attended a Kids Fest.”
While Love Seed primarily performs for adult audiences in bars and pubs, frontman Rick Artz said he looks forward to gigging for a younger crowd at Kids Fest. Artz is fascinated with performing for children because he feels kids are generally more receptive to accepting new music than grownups.
“A lot of times when you’re playing for an older crowd, they have a certain bias about what they like or what they don’t like,” Artz said. “But kids are open to a musical experience. They’re just ready to rock. They don’t have any predisposed notions about what’s cool or not cool.”
The 17th annual Kids Fest purposely shares the same date as National Get Outdoors Day, an event launched in 2008 designed to encourage healthy and active fun outdoors. Although both events have different names, their goals are still the same, Silicatto Prosser said.
“The idea behind the Kids Fest is to get kids out from behind the computer,” Prosser said. “It’s about kids, family and fun.”
IF YOU GO
WHAT 17th annual Kids Fest
WHEN 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club, 101 Delaware Veterans Blvd., Milford
COST Free admission for kids and $5 for adults
INFO Visit kidsfestde.org or call 422-4453