Free activities for kids at Kidzfest in Joliet

Free activities for kids at Kidzfest in Joliet

Published: July 8, 2016.

Activities for children of all ages will be featured at the Lewis University Mini-Campus during Kidzfest 2016 Saturday, Aug. 6 in downtown Joliet. A free family festival, Kidzfest offers an opportunity for children to play, explore, imagine and create. Kidzfest will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Chicago Street in downtown Joliet.

Lewis University is the main sponsor for the Kidzfest 2016, which will include many attractions including the Friendly Farms Petting Zoo, a juggler, and activities/exhibits by other area organizations, including the Joliet Public Library, Rialto Square Theatre, Forest Preserve District of Will County, Joliet Slammers and more. Activities are free.

Each child may receive a certificate as he/she enters the Lewis University Kidzfest Mini-Campus across from the Rialto Square Theatre. The children earn marks on the certificate for each activity that they attend. Those who earn four marks on the certificate will receive an “aviator wings pin.”

Entertaining and educational experiences at Lewis University exhibits include opportunities for children to:

  • Sit in a small airplane. Parents may have a free digital photo taken of each child in the plane, courtesy of Lewis University.

  • Test their skills on an unmanned aircraft system simulator with direction from Flight students.

  • Get free photo IDs taken by students in the Criminal/Social Justice program and the Lewis University Police Department.

  • Solve math problems and play computer games with the Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department.

  • Become a scientist through chemistry and biology experiments. Fun includes concoctions that experiment with everyday materials.

  • Step into the shoes of a weather reporter and see what it’s like to be on TV using equipment and assistance from the Communications Department.

  • Make an art project with supplies and guidance from the Art & Design Department.

  • See a mastodon tooth and other small fossils and minerals and tackle trivia questions from geologist Greg Kientop.

  • Get blood pressures and pulse screenings for children and adults from students and nurses in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Also, adults can receive information on hypertension and diabetes awareness. Several wellness games will focus on nutrition, stress reduction, hand washing, exercise and smoking habits.

  • Enjoy student performers from the Lewis Philip Lynch Theatre who will sing songs from Disney musical favorites. Performances are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the outdoor stage at Clinton and Chicago streets.

  • Learn a marketing lesson with games and take home shredded money from the College of Business. Kids will be challenged to match restaurant logos to the name of the restaurant and also may play a “Memory” game to find matching international currency.

  • Choose from designs and get a new look at the Face Painting booth.

  • With the theme “Come, Fly with Us,” enjoy stories about flying read by future teachers who are students in the College of Education. Children will also do a craft with butterflies, play with bubbles, make a paper airplane and bring it home.

  • Improve athletic skills with tips from student athletes on sports including men’s and women’s basketball and golf.

  • Test your fitness skills against a member of the ROTC. Write words or draw pictures of gratitude for currently serving military.

  • Take a photo with the Flyer mascot of Lewis University, Bedcheck Charlie, if weather permits.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 7,000 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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