Children’s festival this Saturday

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Ali Mouallem, his family and friends have been working up something a bit different for Riverboat Daze. It’s a festival for kids, running from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (roughly) on Saturday, July 8th, in the E.G. Wahlstrom School field.
Some of the items in the festival are familiar (e.g. petting zoo and face-painting); some are not.
“We’re having several kids’ workshops,” says Mouallem, who is organizing the festival on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce.
For example?
“One is on how to make slime,” he says. “My kids are really excited about it.”
Another is a treasure dig, sponsored by Mary Brown’s. Kiddie tattoos, too.
Jasmine Rebryna has a ‘kindermusic’ booth that Mouallem understands will involve making music – maybe even making instruments to play it with.
There’ll be a food truck with carnival food and various games of skill and chance costing a toonie to enter.
“Every participant will win a prize,” Mouallem says.
Prizes are supplied by sponsors, including Whitecap, Sun Life Financial and Magic Scissors. Mouallem is hoping for more to step up this week. Call him at 780-805-6122.
What else? A magician, for one thing.
Mouallem says the idea is to bring lots of people downtown and keep them there for a while during Riverboat Daze Saturday.
“I’m hoping it will turn into an annual festival,” he says.

Slime Sisters Elliyah Mouallem and Michelle Srouji.

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