April 19 is Family Fun Fest at CC

Centralia College’s annual Family Fun Fest is back! This year the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 19, in Centralia College’s Michael Smith Gymnasium. This popular event has been a local fixture for over two decades, featuring games, activities, autism resources, helpful information and healthy snacks.

The best part? It’s free!

This year’s theme is “teamwork makes the dream work.” Attendees can expect a wide range of theme-related activities, including face painting, art projects, and even a surprise exhibit from the Discover! Children’s Museum. “We have an obstacle course for toddlers and the Dairy Princess will be there,” said Program Director Nancy Keaton.

Families can also connect with area resources like In-Tot Birth-to-Three program, Nurse Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, and the Centralia Timberland Library. “We couldn’t do it without all the wonderful people who bring their activities and displays,” Keaton said.

Keaton’s favorite Family Fun Fest memory was watching the Animal Shelter connect families with rescue animals. “I loved to see when they found their forever homes with someone who came to Fun Fest,” she said.

This year, Keaton is particularly excited for a new twist on an old classic. “For many years, a very nice gentleman named Louis Snyder brought his rock collection for kids to see and touch,” she said. This year the tradition will be revived by the new Lewis County Rock and Gem Society. “I’m excited that we are able to bring that back to introduce more children to the fun hobby of rock collecting, and to introduce them to the new local club.”

There’s something for everyone at Family Fun Fest. “Don’t be surprised when the kids start crying because they don’t want to leave, because they’re having so much fun,” Keaton said. “That’s when we know it was a success!”

For more information on Family Fun Fest, contact Program Director Nancy Keaton at 360-623-8458 or nancy.keaton@centralia.edu.

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