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Free Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest in Colorado Springs ideal for families

June 4, 2015 Updated: June 4, 2015 at 10:22 am
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photo - Clifford the Big Red Dog greets a visitor at a previous Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest. Courtesy.
Clifford the Big Red Dog greets a visitor at a previous Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest. Courtesy. 

Bounce houses. Belly dancers. Cartooned characters.

The fifth annual Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest will offer a long list of activities on Saturday in Acacia Park, including the official opening of the Uncle Wilber Fountain. About 5,500 people attended last year's event in the park.

"The Kids Fun Festival is a wonderful family-friendly event," says Elyse Jones, development associate at Rocky Mountain PBS. "It's part of our community outreach. We want to make sure we give back to the community."

More than 50 booths will offer activities, giveaways and information for kids, including science experiments, face painting and hands-on art activities.

There'll be Zumba, Brazilian capoeira dancers and karate demonstrations. Participating organizations include the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Soccer Buddies, Imagination Celebration, Buell Children's Museum, Little Monkey Bizness and Mad Science of Colorado.

Four fun things to do

- You know it's the unofficial start to summer when the familiar musical strains of the Uncle Wilber Fountain resonate through Acacia Park. Be there at 11 a.m. for the first official sprays of water.

- Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat will be on hand throughout the day at the Rocky Mountain PBS booth. They're ready to meet and greet and perhaps take a selfie or two.

- Live entertainment will occupy the band shell in Acacia Park all day. Check out the Millibo Art Theatre's Incredible Circus Millibo at 11:25 a.m. They're known for their tumbling, juggling, unicycling and stilt dancing feats.

- The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's ZOOMobile will roll up with some live animals and hands-on biofacts to explore, including animal skulls.

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