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May 15, 2014

Here's what's in store for KidsFEST

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Short helicopter rides from Haverhill to Newburyport and back will be available for a fee. Maximum of three passengers. Children 10 and older do not need to be accompanied by a parent.

Kids can climb into and ambulance and learn about the work that EMTs do. Several or more antique fire trucks will be on display as well.

Semi-professional wrestlers will be performing throughout the day and will be doing meet and greets with the crowd.

Jennifer Arndt, the arts and culture coordinator for Creative Haverhill, will have a large mural of Haverhill-specific items that KidsFEST goers can color in at her booth. Each piece that a child colors will be added to the mural to create a finished product, similar to piecing together a puzzle made of pieces that will be individually colored.

Kimball Farm will have a petting zoo for kids, while the International Child Care Center will have parachutes, bubbles, and Hula Hoops.

Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear and/or doll for a health checkup hosted by Merrimack Valley Hospital and Holy Family Hospital. This is an initiative the hospitals started to help kids learn about health care and to ease any fears about getting treated at the hospital or at a doctor’s office.

The Haverhill Firefighting Museum wants children to learn how fires were put out centuries ago by inviting them to participate in a bucket brigade.

HC Media will have an Old MacDonald green screen/video booth. Children can stand in front of a green screen and see themselves on a TV monitor with a cartoon of “Old MacDonald” playing behind them, like a weatherman standing in front of a weather map.

“We did something similar at last year’s KidsFEST, only the video was ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” said Matt Belfiore, director of operations for HC Media. “We changed to ‘Old MacDonald’ to match the theme of this year’s event.”

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