By Haley Kluge
The Holt Journal
Holt High School’s typical student population was replaced with younger children, inflatable bounce houses, face painting and clowns at Kidabaloo on Sunday, Feb. 15.
Kidabaloo, an event sponsored by Townsquare Media, is hosted across the country and was created to break up the winter with entertaining indoor activities.
“With two step-daughters myself, it spurred from the fact that my family is constantly looking for fun things to do that won’t break the bank,” said Jennifer Taylor, Townsquare Media’s live events manager. “In the middle of the winter, it’s nice to have something for kids and parents to do on a cold day.”
But before children and parents ever arrived, Townsquare Media had been prepping for longer than half a year.
“We work with our location, the vendors and our local stations to prep for the events,” Taylor said in advance of the event. “Our job is to bring the event alive and let the kids feel it.”
Featuring activities for all ages, Kidabaloo expected almost 1,000 participants with a variety of activities and vendors including Spartan Speedway, Sweet Little Parties and the Girl Scouts.
“One of our local troops will be set up at a booth so people will get a chance to buy cookies,” said Reva Goucher, administrative team leader of Lansing’s Regional Girl Scout office. “It’s a great family event for the community and there will be Girl Scouts and their parents leading their event.”
Twenty-four mid-Michigan vendors were expected, each with an activity for children and their parents.
“Each vendor can sell something to moms and dads or kids, but they are required to have something educational, interactive, or entertaining for the kids to do while speaking with parents,” Taylor said. “Each vendor will have a table to show their offerings as well as give the kids something to do such as coloring books or watching martial arts and cheerleading demonstrations.”
Holt resident and mother of two Samanthia Trumble plans on attending with her children, Leo James (“LJ”) and Amelia.
“My 6-year-old son heard there was going to be a bounce house at the event and my 3-year-old will love making crafts,” Trumble said. “It’s always fun to interact with other adults while the kids are having fun on their own.”
In addition to activities, Kidabaloo will feature special guest Joey Bragg from Disney’s Liv and Maddie.
“With two kids running around, it’ll be nice to have something to entertain them for a couple hours,” Trumble said. “A few hours is a long time when you’re young and seeing a celebrity and crazy inflatables.”
Taylor said, “I grew up in Holt and knew they had a wonderful facility, and they were more than willing to host the event. It will be great for parents to bring their kids to.”