Going to the county fair is one of the most fun and exciting events of the summer, but for some families the rides, games and other activities can be a bit overwhelming or inaccessible.
To make the fair a fun event for all, a group from the Central Kitsap Community Church is setting up a tent for families with young and special needs children.
The church is well known in Bremerton for offering programs once a month for families with young children as well as children with special needs. One of the church’s most notable events is its “Eggstravaganza for the Extraordinary,” an easter egg hunt that caters to small children and those with physical and mental challenges.
“We have a lot of things for the kids to do that are sensory based, things like coloring and painting or moon sand and playdough,” said Mary Phipps the organizer of the program.
Phipps will be bringing some of the activities provided at these once-a-month programs to the fair for the first time.
“It will create an ideal place for families with little ones to take a break in the shade, but also have things for them to do,” said Phipps.
Phipps and the church group started planning this program about a year ago after seeing the success of their once a month programs as well as the “Eggstravaganza” and the Extraordinary Parents night out.
“We wanted to bring something fun to the fair for the kids that are maybe a little too scared to ride the rides or are unable to,” Phipps said.
There will be tables for coloring, playing with Legos, Playdough and moon sand as well as other stimulating toys and games. Additionally there will be seating and refreshments available for kids and grown-ups.