OTW Kids’ Castle to teach children about environment

OTW Kids’ Castle to teach children about environment


Contributed by OTW Green Committee

The On the Waterfront (OTW) Kids’ Castle, sponsored by Rockford Health System, is a “fee-free” venue offering interactive and make-and-take activities for children and their families. Past activities have included friendship bracelets, finger casting, sand art and a children’s chess tournament.

This year, the castle will be concentrating its efforts on environmental activities to enhance the festival’s new recycling program. Educating children about the importance of protecting and preserving the environment is essential to the future of recycling and the environment. The castle hopes to inspire children to recycle, purchase recycled products, and teach others to recycle.

The Kids’ Castle, in the Wyman and Elm Street parking deck, is open Saturday and Sunday of the festival from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last year, the venue attracted approximately 2,500 children each day. Add to this number parents, grandparents and older siblings, and participating organizations have the potential to be “seen” by as many as 1,000 people an hour.

As a nonprofit organization, there is no cost to participate. The only requirement is to provide an interactive activity of the organization’s choice, required supplies and the appropriate volunteers to staff the area.

OTW will provide: space necessary for the activity, 8-foot banquet tables, folding chairs, truck passes, access to trash receptacles, water, power, an activity sign, additional sign opportunities, overnight security, plus up to 25 festival admission buttons, mention in Kids’ Castle literature and advertisements, recognition in festival literature, and the opportunity to place coupons, business cards or information in 3,000 Kids’ Castle participant bags.

Kids’ Castle setup will begin Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and again Aug. 30 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Setup must be completed by 10 a.m., Aug. 30. No vehicles are allowed on festival grounds during festival hours; therefore, any vehicles needed for setup or tear-down are only allowed access during scheduled setup times, or after festival close each evening at midnight, and 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Confirmation for participation is needed prior to June 1. Questions or activity ideas should be directed to Delores Rahmy at 964-4388, ext. 40.

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