Kids at the Festival (of both the human and goat variety)

Posted By Katie Kowalchuk
September 9, 2016

If you’ve got kids (of the human variety), it’s time to start getting excited about the Children’s Area at the MCC Festival for World Relief.

This 10,000+ square foot area has been totally revamped with fun games, hands-on projects and crafts for children of all ages, and… wait for it… a petting zoo on Saturday (where you’ll find kids of the goat variety)!

MCC Fair

The refresh is the brainchild of MCC BC’s new Advancement Coordinator, Hannah Toews, who will be taking over the coordination of the whole festival upon Dora Hoeppner’s retirement after this year’s event.

“We really wanted to welcome kids into the mission of MCC in this area,” Hannah told me, “teaching them about MCC and the work we do around the world – helping kids just like them to go to school, to get clean water, to plant gardens for food, and to bring peace to their communities.”

So this year, your kids will be invited to build a water filter, plant a flower, make a peace bracelet, pet some animals, play games from around the world, and colour a My Coins Count coin box to take home with them and collect coins to help other children get access to healthy food through MCC’s sustainable agriculture programs.

Of course, we’ll still have the classics like the climbing wall, stuffy fishing, face painting and bouncy castles.

We’ve also got a fun new way for your kids to engage with the whole Children’s Area area, by means of the Scavenger Stamper (pictured below). At each station, your child will receive a stamp in their Scavenger Stamper passport, and once they’ve visited 5 stations and returned their stamper to the Scavenger Stamper Headquarters, they’ll be entered to win one of 10 fully loaded play cards at Castle Fun Park!

Scavenger Stamper

And the best part? You don’t need to worry about tickets. With the purchase of a $5 wristband, your child will have access to the whole children’s area FOR THE WHOLE FESTIVAL! That’s right, you can come on Friday AND Saturday!

For those with babies and toddlers, we’ll have a quiet tent with toys and blankets (and a rest area for the mamas and papas), as well as stroller parking, directly to the right after you enter the children’s area.

Before I could even finish asking Hannah what she was most excited about, she exclaimed, “The petting zoo! Even though I’m 27, I would definitely come for the petting zoo.” So even if you aren’t a kid and you don’t have kids, you’ve got to stop by!

P.S. We’ve still got the Children’s Auction happening on Friday night, which is always a blast. Be there at 6:30 pm to make sure you don’t miss out on the action. For a sneak peek, visit the online listing here. Register to be part of the bidding before Wednesday the 15th, and you’ll be entered to win a gift bag from Ten Thousand Villages.

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