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May 15, 2014

Here's what's in store for KidsFEST

This year’s KidsFEST will feature a variety of activities for people of all ages. Various local organizations are taking part in the event, which will be held May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kimball Farm, 791 East Broadway.

The Haverhill YMCA will have a bouncy house and will offer potato sack races, kids fun run, water balloon toss, face painting and more.

Little Sprouts will engage children with flower planting and a kiddie pool filled with bubble solution that children can dip jumbo-sized bubble making wands into. Pentucket Lake Elementary School will be offering word games and math games to challenge little minds.

Children can have their face painted, courtesy of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill, which will also be offering a Hula Hoop activity, a photo opportunity with a staff member’s Orange Crush Monster Jeep, and a raffle for a week at Camp Tasker.

Clean River Project of Methuen will have one of its pontoon boats on display on land, and kids can climb aboard. Clean River will also have its Ghostbusters car along with two volunteers dressed in Ghostbuster outfits and children can have their picture taken. Kids can also meet the Haverhill Rotary Club’s mascot and have their picture taken.

Rocky Morrison, president of Clean River Project, will be on hand with some of his volunteers to discuss the importance of protecting the environment, and especially the Merrimack River and his nonprofit organization’s continuing efforts to make it cleaner by removing accumulated junk and trash as well as efforts to clean our parks and paths along the river.

“We want to teach children early on about the importance of taking care of our environment, including our waterways,” Morrison said. “An event such as KidsFEST is an opportunity to reach a lot of children and adults at one time. We’ll also be recruiting volunteers to help with our cleanups.”

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