KidsFest coming to Cascades

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Mark your calendars for the return of Kids Inc. of the Big Bend’s KidsFest.

The event, designed to provide fun for the community, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Cascades Park.

The event is put on by Kids Incorporated, a nonprofit that provides families in the Big Bend region with Early Head Start, nutrition health and other services.

More than 45 businesses and nonprofits will be joining the event with hands-on children-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy. The amazing part about it all is that admission, entertainment and all activities are free of charge.

In addition to the exhibitor activities, sponsors will be helping Kids Inc. bring some bigger attractions, which include bounce houses, obstacle courses and a rock-climbing wall.

Don’t worry;  KidsFest even has a completely separate Toddler Town area for the little ones to experience the fun. No child will be left behind when it comes to having a good time.

Community engagement coordinator, Jillian Davis, says her mission is to provide a family-oriented space for laughter and fun as well as providing useful resourceful tools to benefit the community. She gave a special thanks to the City of Tallahassee, Campus USA and other sponsors for helping to make this big event possible.

“This annual event has been proven to benefit the community in many ways,” Davis said. “My goal is to always ensure that the community is bonding together as well as learning new things.”

Local resident Myesha Long has been a committed guest for the past three years and looks forward to making it a fourth.

“Since day one I’ve been astounded by all of the activities offered at the KidsFest,” Long said. “I’m thrilled to have another opportunity to take my son out there to enjoy himself.  COVID-19 put a stop to us going, but now that everything is returning back to normal, this is going to be a great time to go out and have some fun in the sun.”

FAMU alumna Shaqueria Howard said that she saw the event posted on Facebook and decided that she was going to take her family.

“This will be my first time going to KidsFest, but I’m excited to take my family,” Howard said. “There aren’t many free events offered to the community and this goes to show that we have great community leaders that like to stay involved.”

This year marks 19 years since the KidsFest event has been up and running.

For more information about Kids Inc. of the Big Bend 2022 KidsFest event, visit