An estimated 5,000 children with their parents or family members attended the Kidzfest Celebration Saturday, Aug. 2, in downtown Joliet. Sponsored by Lewis University and Joliet Downtown, Kidzfest offered entertaining and educational booths, activities and shows for kids up to high school age.
Among those participating with the Lewis Mini-Campus were the Joliet Public Library, Rialto Square Theatre, Legoland®, Will County Forest Preserve District, Joliet Police and Fire Departments, Joliet Slammers and more.
At the Lewis site, children walked from activity to activity, enjoying Kidzfest activities that included having their photos taken in a small plane, creating a compound similar to “silly putty” with student Chemistry students, hearing stories and petting live ducks at the Story Telling booth, playing math games online with faculty and students, and practicing basketball and volleyball with members of the Lewis Flyers’ men’s and women’s teams.
ROTC students challenged the children with calisthenics, Electronic Media invited them to speak on camera and see themselves on TV, students could paint a banner and more. While their children played games at the Nursing activity area, parents were invited to learn about health challenges and to have their blood pressure tested. Students from the cast of “Shrek,” the summer musical at Lewis, presented a 20 minute show with songs and dancing, involving kids in the finale.
More than 125 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University volunteered at the site, providing dynamic learning activities through various Lewis programs, including aviation, art, chemistry, electronic media, environmental science, nursing, math/computer science, education, business, theater, athletics, ROTC, and more.
Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, attended the event, thanking the volunteers for providing the creative activities. “Kidzfest presents an outstanding educational and entertaining experience for area children,” he said. “The University’s commitment to Kidzfest demonstrates our Lewis Mission to develop a spirit of community through generous outreach to the region.”
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 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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