Children's Festival at Myrick Park in La Crosse on Saturday morning helps benefit The Parenting Place child care services support organization.
All proceeds from the festival go towards the Parenting Place's free parents education program. Families could purchase buttons to gain access to all hands-on activities, such as playing with mud, bubbles, and rubber duckies, and also enjoy free hot dogs.
Parenting Place's free parents education includes free play groups, work groups, and classes among other programs. The hands-on activities children could participate in provides the goal of letting children know their accessibility to certain activities.
“Children are always very engaged. You don't see a lot of wild running around because they're so engaged in it,” Children's Festival Chairperson Fran Swift said. “We put the materials out, and what they do with it is what they do with it, and we encourage parents to enjoy that with them."
Last year, the festival raised $8,000, and Swift said with the festival crowds increasing every year, this year's goal is to raise $10,000.
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