The Children’s Learning & Play Festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, encouraging kids and the community while promoting books.
The free, indoor festival will have a line-up of widely-acclaimed children’s authors, illustrators, live music, performances; local vendors and activities for toddlers, children and young adults.
“We are pleased to present an exciting day of reading, learning activities and fun for children, parents and families,” said Scottsdale Public Library Director Kathleen M. Wade in a prepared statement.
Sponsored by the Scottsdale Public Library, The city of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Parks and Recreation and the Scottsdale Unified School District, the event features author readings, costumed characters, a life-sized T-Rex dinosaur and wildlife zone with live animals, birds and reptiles, according to a press release.
There will also be a chalk festival, bounce house, Lego racing and “Show and Tell” with city fire engines, firefighters, police officers and activities are slated, the release said, adding that readings by Marc Brown, creator of the Arthur books, along with Emmy Award-winning PBS TV show, and author/composer Carrie Blake-Brekke presenting Mrs. B’s Storytime…With A Twist puppet shows and sing-alongs are planned too.
Also appearing are author/teacher Terri Fields, award-winning children’s author Monica Brown, illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal, whimsical writer and illustrator Molly Idle, children’s book illustrator Lynne Avril, actor/young adult author Tom Leveen, teen novelist Amy Fellner Dominy, plus children’s picture book authors Juanita Havill, Michael Hale, Phoebe Fox and B. G. Hennessy. Readings.
Produced by On The Edge Promotions, other event sponsors are Cold Stone Creamery, Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale, Tuft & Needle, Southwest Human Development and Tonto Creek Camp. Free admission also includes free parking. Non-perishable food will be accepted for Concerned Citizens for Community Health.
For vendor inquiries go to firstname.lastname@example.org; for event information go to azchildrensfestival.com.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.