KidsFest brings smiles to kids’ faces


By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Horses and riders of Columbus Division of Police’s Mounted Unit have appeared at previous Groveport Kidsfests.

Groveport has a festival that packs a whole lot of fun for kids all in one place.

It’s Groveport Kidsfest, which includes Touch-a-Truck and Cops and Kids.
KidsFest will be held Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon in Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road. There will be inflatables, a foam party, pony rides, farm animals, demonstrations, family activities, numerous vendors, food trucks, giveaways, music, a trackless train, Madison Township Fire Safety, Groveport Police photo ops, Dino Dig, Kidzone, and more. For information call 614-836-3333.

“This event offers a wide range of free activities for children to enjoy,” said Community Affairs Executive Assistant Kristiauna Trelay. “From bouncing around in the bounce house and exploring the KidZone to exciting pony rides and music-filled moments, there’s something for everyone. The fun continues with giveaways, whimsical trackless train rides sponsored by Komar Industries, a chance to be a recruit at the Groveport Police Academy, hands-on fire safety demonstrations by the Madison Township Fire Department, the thrill of the Dino Dig, tons of family activities, and even more surprises in store.”

Food will be available for purchase from five food trucks that will serve breakfast and lunch favorites.

“We anticipate having a total of 25 large trucks and vehicles for the Touch-a-Truck portion of the event,” said Trelay. “The city’s Touch-a-Truck event captivates kids by offering hands-on exploration of large vehicles, combining curiosity with sensory excitement and sparking early career interests.”

In addition to the big trucks, kids can also explore police cruisers and firefighting equipment.

A special feature at the event is the Dino Dig.

“The Dino Dig is a time-travel adventure for kids,” said Trelay. “With hats, vests, and all the essentials provided, young explorers step into the role of dino paleontologist. In this hands-on experience, children unearth replica fossils buried in the sand. Get ready to dig up some dino-sized fun and learn about the ancient world in a whole new way.”

Trelay said the city of Groveport has hosted KidsFest for nearly 20 years, although it has had different names and locations in the past.

“Groveport Park has become the perfect venue for this annual tradition,” said Trelay.

She said an event like KidsFest enriches the community.

“KidsFest is a community essential, providing kids with the chance to interact with police officers, firefighters, and public service crews,” said Trelay. “This interactive experience fosters learning and community connections in a unique and exciting way.”

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