Large Crowd Expected at Kidspace’s Annual Pumpkin Festival

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Photo courtesy Kidspace Pumpkin Festival committee members include (kneeling) Amy Lee and Nicole Moreau. Back: Leslie Lopez, Kathleen Pastre, Laura Berns, Cristina Romero, Chelsea Hermez, Tina Price, Jamie Zapata, Hayley Boaz and Rachel Criswell.
Photo courtesy Kidspace
Pumpkin Festival committee members include (kneeling) Amy Lee and Nicole Moreau. Back: Leslie Lopez, Kathleen Pastre, Laura Berns, Cristina Romero, Chelsea Hermez, Tina Price, Jamie Zapata, Hayley Boaz and Rachel Criswell.

The public is invited to Kidspace’s 23rd annual Pumpkin Festival on the weekend of Oct. 14-15 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Brookside Park. Last year, the free event drew almost 20,000 people from across Southern California.
The festival, hosted by the Circle of Friends, features complimentary crafts and live musical performances from acts such as GEM Sisters, BARK, The Alana Banana Show, Revolution Dance Center, Rumbling Rhythms, Cleary Irish Dance and the Hollow Trees.
Tickets are available for purchase for the bouncers, petting zoo, games, food and many other attractions.
“Circle of Friends and Kidspace Children’s Museum are honored to host the 23rd annual Kidspace Pumpkin Festival,” said Nicole Moreau, who is co-chairing the event along with Leslie Lopez. “This is a wonderful community-based event, providing support to nearly 500 underserved children known as VIPs (Very Important Pumpkins), who otherwise would not have an opportunity to attend. They receive tickets and vouchers that can be used for rides, crafts, games, pumpkins, used books, and food, as well as a free admission pass to visit the museum. Circle of Friends volunteer leadership works with community partners to identify deserving children and families.”
Lopez and Moreau also have lined up a wide assortment of food vendors, including Shakey’s Pizza, Teri & Yaki, Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ, Jones Coffee Roasters, Los Tacos, Choctal, Kona Ice, The Habit Burger Grill and In-N-Out Burger.
The Pumpkin Festival is organized by the Circle of Friends, the museum’s volunteer support group, and offers even the youngest children a fun and safe way to celebrate fall.
“I think the fact that this event has been so well-attended over the years speaks to our tight-knit community and the importance of Kidspace’s role in it,” Lopez said. “All of the festival’s net proceeds, which last year were upwards of $75,000, benefit the museum, making it possible to continue to serve children of all ages for years to come.”

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