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Kidzfest to feature family fun

Lewis University part of Joliet festival

ROMEOVILLE — Activit-ies for children of all ages will be featured at the Lewis University Mini-Campus during Kidzfest 2013, a free family festival for children to play, explore, imagine and create.

Kidzfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, in downtown Joliet.  Lewis University will be the main sponsor for the Kidzfest 2013.

Also participating will be the Joliet Public Library, Joliet Police and Fire departments, Friendly Farms Petting Zoo, Chicagoland Speedway, Rialto Square Theatre, Haunted Trails, Will County Land Use, Gallery 7, Dave Dinaso Traveling World of Reptiles, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and more. Activities are free.

Each child can receive a certificate as he/she en- ters the Lewis University Kidz-fest Mini-Campus across from the Rialto Square Theatre. The children earn marks on the certificate for each activity that they attend.

Those who earn four marks on the certificate will receive an “aviator wings pin.”

Entertaining and educational experiences at Lewis exhibits include opportunities to:

• Sit in a small airplane.  Parents may have a free digital photo taken of each child in the plane, courtesy of Lewis University.

• Test your skills on a Microsoft Flight Simulator game (for children in elementary or middle school), with direction from Flight students.

• Get free photo IDs taken by students in the Criminal/Social Justice program.

• Control and program robots with assistance from the Computer Science department. 

• Become a scientist through chemistry and biology experiments. Fun includes concoctions that experiment with everyday materials! 

• See yourself on television by visiting an electronic media van and see how a news program is created by the Communications department.

• Help make a Kidzfest banner with supplies and guidance from the Lewis Art & Design Department. Pottery demonstrations will also be intermittent throughout the day.

• See a mastodon tooth and other small fossils and minerals and talk to a geologist.

• Get blood pressures and pulse screenings for children and adults from the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Also, adults can undergo blood sugar testing and receive information on hypertension and diabetes awareness. Several wellness games will focus on nutrition, hand washing, exercise and smoking habits. A coloring book, “Be A Nurse,” also will be available in limited numbers.

• Enjoy student performers from the Lewis Philip Lynch Theatre presenting performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the outdoor stage.

• Learn a lesson with finance games from the College of Business.

• Choose from designs and get a new look at the Face Painting booth.

• Enjoy farm animal stories, read by future teachers attending the College of Education, and bring home a free book too!

• Improve athletic skills with tips from student athletes on sports including men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and golf.

• Try on ROTC gear and equipment. Test your physical abilities and discover uses of Army radios.

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, stated: “Kidzfest demonstrates the Lewis University mission to promote life-long learning by encouraging children to take advantage of various learning opportunities, to ask questions, and to interest them in different fields. Moreover, the educational activities offered at Kidzfest are fun for the youngsters.”

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