Events for kids of all ages this weekend |

Events for kids of all ages this weekend

I’ll never forget my first Children’s Festival experience. As new moms, my friend and I couldn’t wait to take our children to the one-day event. Never mind both were little more than 1 year old at the time. Sure, the colorful macaroni necklace was more fun for my daughter to put in her mouth than it was to make. Of course she didn’t have the patience to make crafts or understand anything that was going on around her. But on that day, her newfound ability to walk proved all she needed for a good time with lots of other children around. And my friend and I saw our future — spending a hot summer day making crafts and seeing an imaginary world come to life through the eyes of our daughters and subsequent children.

In the four years since, it has become a tradition for us to meet up and take the kids to the Children’s Festival. This event is unlike any other in town. Where else can children see a fire-breathing dragon up close, meet the Queen, fairies and a troll under a bridge and get creative, dirty and sometimes wet, all in one place? All this for $3 per person.

The 19th annual Children’s Festival is Friday. I highly recommend it for those with kids or grandkids who would enjoy a magical break from reality.

After the festival, cool down with the kids at the Performing Arts Guild production of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ~ Summer in Hannibal” at the Center for the Arts. The long-running children’s theater company offers performances at 7 p.m. Thursday (July 18), 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and again next weekend.

Tickets for Thursday’s preview performance are only $5. For all other shows, adult tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Children 12 and under are $4 in advance or $6 at the door. Advance tickets are on sale at The Book Seller, The BriarPatch Co-op and the Center for the Arts Box Office in Grass Valley.

For information on the production, see the July 18 edition of The Union’s Family Focus section or go to

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