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July 27, 2010 > Welcome to Kid City!

Welcome to Kid City!

By Alissa Gwynn

Calling all kids! How would you like to move to a place where politics (a fifth grade mayor), businesses (an art studio for crafts), and entertainment (magic acts, juggling) all cater to kids your age? Well, now you can, if only for two days during the 27th Annual Fremont Festival of the Arts on July 31-August 1. Hosted for the third year by Fremont/Newark YMCA in partnership with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Kid City promises to be a fun-filled weekend for kids and families alike.

According to YMCA's Website, Kid City will be a "fun filled, interactive learning experience within the Fremont Festival where kids and their families can play together while being engaged in a variety of activities focusing on citizenship development and healthy lifestyles."

The "interactive learning experience" will include a YMCA "fitness center" where relays and various sports games will be held, an art studio for beading and painting, and various vendor booths promoting things like bike safety. Other highlights include local dance groups and music on the Kid City Stage, rides in the Wacky Shack and trackless train and Kid City Community resources like a bank, library, city hall, and fire station.

In addition, the YMCA has been recruiting local contractors and sponsors all summer long to create 8'x8' playhouses that will make the "city" come to life. This year, there will be a new building contest with three categories (playhouse, dollhouse, and doghouse). Entries will be judged by the kids and families that visit Kid City during the festival.

After providing a backdrop during the festival, the playhouses will be auctioned and raffled off; proceeds go towards scholarships for local children to attend YMCA's Summer Camp.

An opening ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, and be presided over by the fifth grade mayor who was selected after finishing the statement "If I were mayor of Fremont, I would make my city greener by..."

Kid City will be located on Mowry Ave. by the Rite Aid parking lot, and is open to "citizens" both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An adult must accompany children at all times.

Kid City at Fremont Festival of the Arts
Saturday & Sunday, July 31 - August 1
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days
Mowry Ave., Fremont
Free to public

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