Kids have fun for free at the WDM

Nathan Liewicki
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Festival costs covered by Shriners

The bouncy castles outside the Western Development Museum (WDM) took a beating Saturday.

Aliyah Lamb slides down a bouncy castle slide outside of the Western Development Museum on Saturday. Lamb and her siblings were just a few of the hundreds of kids who enjoyed things like face painting, a magician and a petting zoo at the Shriners Children's Festival.

Hundreds of kids jumped, bounced, rolled around the giant air-filled structures as part of the Shriners Children’s Festival.

Aliyah Lamb and her younger twin sisters Chyler and Khylin were among the children who spent plenty of time bounding to and fro on the castles.

“It’s a big show and lots of people came out to it,” said Rob Lamb, the girls’ father.

Lamb estimated his kids – with faces painted as animals – spent close to 90 minutes having fun on the bouncy castles.

Khylin, whose face was painted like a lion, said the lion is her favourite animal.

The bouncy castles and the adjacent petting zoo – complete with goats and a little pot-bellied pig – were just two of the things set up outside and inside the WDM by the Shriners.

They also brought in a musician, magician and juggler as part of the daylong event aimed at making sure kids enjoyed themselves.

“We want to make sure kids can have fun and it's not a financial strain on anyone's family,” said Jordan Martin, a Shriner. “The way we do it is we fundraise ahead of time so that we are able to provide a day where kids and their parents can have a lot of fun without their parents having to open their wallets.”

In addition to enjoying the series of activities, as well as have an opportunity to explore the WDM, food and drinks were available for kids and their parents to enjoy during the festival. 

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Shriners

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