Carmelfest 2016: Explore dragon maze, Velcro walls at KidZone

Children enjoy the festivities at CarmelFest. (Submitted photo)
Children enjoy the festivities at CarmelFest.
(Submitted photo)

By Anna Skinner

CarmelFest’s KidZone will feature multiple beloved attractions from previous years as well as a few new activities.

KidZone director Tom Blessing said the Chinese dragon maze, which debuted last year, should be a highlight again this year.

“It is about a half a football field long, and kids can go in, and it’s a big, inflatable maze,” Blessing said. “You enter through the mouth. It was a huge attraction last year.”

Other returning activities include a rock wall and a fast-pitch softball game. An attraction involving fairytale characters is new this year.

“We’ve got stuff for all the way up through high-school age and certainly as young as toddler age,” Blessing said.

Some toddler-age activities include an inflatable bounce house with an obstacle course and a paddleboat ride in an inflatable swimming pool.

Older children will have several options, too, Blessing said.

“We have a Velcro wall where the older kids can put on a suit and go up and jump and stick themselves to (it),” Blessing said.

Tickets for KidZone attractions may be purchased at a booth for 50 cents each. Activity costs vary from one to 14 tickets.

“KidZone is a family-friendly attraction within CarmelFest that caters to a wide range of kids and is one of the main drivers behind CarmelFest’s growth and success over the past years,” Blessing said. This is his third year as director of KidZone.

Hope Oaks serves as assistant director, and Jerry Roberts serves as director of the ticket booth. KidZone will be in Carmel’s courthouse south lot and activities will take place July 3 and 4.

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