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October 16, 2012 > A Halloween treat for young kids

A Halloween treat for young kids

Submitted By Fremont Parents' Nursery School

For little kids, Halloween is about pumpkins and costumes and having fun. Add a train ride, bounce houses, a real live fire truck, and a silent auction for adults, and you have a Halloween event sure to please everyone.

Fremont Parents' Nursery School (FPNS) is hosting its 2nd annual Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This carnival is designed for young kids, approximately ages two - eight. Tickets are required for all activities, games, and food, but there is no entrance fee, so that means parents and extended family can come watch little ones have fun. Free balloons are available for the first 100 kids. Games will cost $1 each and activities range from $2 - $3. Food will include hot dogs, veggie dogs, pizza, drinks, popcorn, and ethnic cuisine, with prices $2 - $10. Early purchases of bulk tickets ($20 or more) will earn prizes (first 90 purchasers only).

The carnival is intended to be a completely non-spooky and totally enjoyable Halloween carnival for the littlest tots without being worried about the 'fear factor'. The carnival is also candy-free, but tons of fun can be had without sugar! "When I attended this event last year," says FPNS parent Tina Chow, "I thought it was the perfect-sized affair for my three-year-old. Fun games, and lots of opportunities to win prizes or win more tickets and then play more games! I was impressed how well this turned out."

Kids should come dressed in their costumes and ready to jump around in the bounce houses or decorate cookies. The arts and crafts tables will have lots of materials for making creative goody bags or pipe cleaner spiders or whatever ideas come out. There will also be a real train to ride, a pumpkin patch, lots of games to play, face painting, balloon animals, non-candy trick-or-treat stations, and a costume parade (at 2 p.m.).

There is also a silent auction for parents, featuring great gifts donated by local Bay Area businesses (last year there were 30 different auctions). Auction items included things like tickets to the Children's Discovery Museum or gift baskets from child-centered businesses like American Swim Academy or dinner out. The preschool is still looking for businesses to donate items or money to support this event and the school in general. The auction will also be online by October 14 (see or so that there are more opportunities for friends and family to support the school.

FPNS is a parent-cooperative, non-profit preschool for kids ages two - five, which means that all parents are involved in the classroom to enrich the learning environment. The school has over a 50-year history in Fremont and takes pride in giving kids lots of one-on-one attention and nurturing them in a play-based environment. "We have wonderful families who join us, bringing their own unique talents and skills and their precious children," says Annette Daniels, director of the preschool. "When partnered with our professional and caring staff, we form a unique community that benefits all our membership."

The Halloween Carnival is one the school's major fundraisers of the year. Urmila Padmanabhan, president of the parent school board says, "We wanted to find a fun way to raise money. This way, all our efforts go towards entertaining the children and hopefully we can raise a decent amount at the same time, thus ensuring that the parent co-operative model of pre-schooling is available to future generations of children in the tri-city area."

The Halloween Carnival will be held directly behind FPNS School at 4200 Alder Avenue in Fremont, on the grounds of Oliveira Elementary school. Entrance is via Oliveira Elementary school. Businesses who wish to make a donation can contact or or call (510) 793-8531. All donations made to FPNS are completely tax-deductible. More information about the school can be found at

Halloween Carnival
Saturday, Oct 20
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oliveira Elementary School
4200 Alder Ave., Fremont
(510) 793-8531
Free admission
Games and activities: $1 - $3

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