As expected this event was so totally awesome. I volunteered to help with the Pathways Connect Group's booth. Pathway's Connect is a group of mostly like minded people hoping to raise their children in more natural and informed ways.
Dr. Aaron Collins of Collins Chiropractic and his amazing marketing director, Hannah came up with the idea of Awesome Kids Day (and probably many more amazing people such as Dr. Collins' amazingly smart and beautiful wife) and partnered with the Burien Parks and Rec department to bring this FREE event to families.
I don't know why I hadn't clued into that fact before the event, but it was so apparent once we were there that Awesome Kids Day wasn't just your average street festival. Usually you walk around festivals to people watch and if your lucky enough to have money you can buy good and fancy crafted things and then splurge on the kiddy rides by buying tickets. Not the case at Awesome Kids Day! Here you get to walk around and learn about all these great companies that can help enrich your families lives. The learning part was all free and many of the vendors gave out discounts or coupons just for attending. The coolest parts were all the free things for kids! Bouncy houses, a bouncy obstacle course, a photo booth, face painting, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, a balloon man, and all kinds of other free games and art opportunities for kids of all ages!
The only suggestion I had for the organizing team afterwards was to include more healthy food vendors. The only food vendor there was selling amazing juice bar Popsicles that I heard a few people raving about. One mom even said, "I was a little weary of the price, but OMG these are amazing!"
Since we were one of the first families there, Micah scored a cool superhero style backpack. He had to leave for naptime so he missed out on the Recess Monkeys in concert, but it seemed to be a huge hit with the rest of the crowd. That's right... One of Seattle's most favorite and rocking kids bands since Raffi was there!
|goody bags for the first 500 guests or so|
|amazing raffle prizes!|
|great street art|
|Pre-event volunteer meeting/pump up session!|
|so much FREE fun!|
|I got to snuggle my friend Dannie's little Uriah for a bit too|
|Micah's first "face painting"!|
|His little doggie art|
|the fun free backpacks for kids|
|bouncy obstacle course|
|Micah wasn't too fond of one half, but loved the ending part|
|Micah was just a bit interested in the bouncy house, but didn't last long|
|look at that awesome photo booth on the left!|
|such a busy and fun day!|
|So fun to see former students having fun…all for FREE!!!|
|Another former student enjoying the day's event|
|Kids art at the B-Town Beat booth|
|more FREE face painting at the Natural Health Center booth|
|juice and popsicles|
|sensory tub action at this booth!|
|book making booth|
|The Recess Monkeys!|
|The weather couldn't have been hotter!|
|Kat, Aaron, & I at the Pathways booth. Photo by Abeille Photography|
|Such a fun one of me peeking at baby Uriah thanks to Abeille Photography|
|Another one of baby Uriah and I in the Pathways Booth thanks to Abeille Photography|
|Dannie of Abeille Photography snapped a cute one of Micah in the obstacle course|
|Cutest volunteer t-shirt, right!?|