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May 15, 2012 > Kids 'n Kites take over Central Park

Kids 'n Kites take over Central Park

By Isabella Ohlmeyer
Photos By Julie Grabowski

Soar straight into the City of Fremont's 12th Annual Kids 'n Kites Festival on May 19 at the Central Park Meadow. Over 3,000 free kites, provided by Dale Hardware, will lift spirits as kids are encouraged to go fly a kite. Each year, 10,000-15,000 people attend the event which offers a Kids Fun Zone, entertainment, and game booths. Entertainment will include "My Kid's Got Talent" from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - a version of America's Got Talent targeted on ages 18 and under. From 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., guests can enjoy a rhythmic performance from the City of Fremont's Junior Dance Performers. The finale of "My Kids Got Talent" will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

City of Fremont Recreation Supervisor Joe Benjamin says the Kids 'n Kites Festival has been a smashing success since the year 2000. "The recreation department was looking for a signature event that would be a good way to market our summer programming," he says. To add to the fun, attendees will also have an opportunity to splash around at neighboring Aqua Adventure Waterpark from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Although the festival is free, there will be a $5 fee for entrance to the waterpark. Benjamin says that including Aqua Adventure is "a way to get people to see what the waterpark is all about."

After enjoying fun in the sun flying kites and cooling off at the waterpark, people can satisfy their appetites at Mike's Catering and Sukhi's food booths. Snow cones and cotton candy will be an option for those with a sweet tooth.

The festival relies on an army of volunteers, who monitor the Jump House, parking lots and perform a myriad of duties. In addition, Benjamin notes, "We have had a great relationship with our sponsors over the years and they make the event what it is." Included in this group are Food Maxx, Washington Township Medical Group and Dale Hardware to name just a few. "This festival is fun, free and a good way to kick off the summer and give back to our community," says Benjamin.

Kids 'n Kites Festival
Saturday, May 19
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Central Park Meadow
(Between Lake Elizabeth and Aqua Adventure Park)
40300 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont
(510) 791-4166

Kids n' Kites entertainment schedule:

10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: My Kid's Got Talent
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Junior Dance Performers
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.: My Kid's Got Talent Finale

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