The ninth-annual Free Family Fun Fair, presented by Always Mountain Time media and the town of Frisco, offers free activities for families in Summit County on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area.
“Everything about the event is free for the kids, and I believe this is a really great community giveback,” said Lindsey Cotton, general manager for Always Mountain Time.
Activities, booths, more
Families can explore the Cave of Confusion, giant climbing wall, quad bungee jumper, bouncy castle, inflatable slide, rolling zorb balls, balloon animals, face painting, live music on the stage from Boulder-based kids group Jeff & Paige and more.
“We’ll have a tiara- and cake-making station, train rides, and we’re bringing in Jeff & Paige, who will be putting on a free performance,” Cotton said. “We do ask that parents bring out a little bit of money if they want to buy any type of food or beverage. We’re going to have bike demos; Pioneer Sports is going to be bringing out bikes so kids can check out the pump track at the Adventure Park, and that will be offered for free, as well.”
Children have the opportunity to take part in all the fun, free activities; parents can sign up their kids for after-school dance, karate, sports and more, and the Breckenridge Recreation Center will be on hand showcasing its children’s activities.
“We will have information for no-school mini camps, for the three days of no school next week, if people need to sign up for that,” said Annette Kubek, marketing coordinator for the town of Breckenridge recreation department. “Then all of our fall after-school programs are open, as well as the preschool program, and we’ll have all of the information there.”
Kubek said the Free Family Fun Fair is a great resource and the Breckenridge Recreation Center has gotten positive feedback from having a booth at the event.
“We have definitely found that we reach more local families than any other event that we have over the summer,” she said.
Cotton said community sponsors would staff a lot of the informational booths, from dental offices to insurance and investment companies to family-friendly vendors such as the Leadville Railroad and Cycle Effect. The Summit Foundation will also be on hand selling ducks for the Great Rubber Duck Race on Labor Day weekend.
“We want to say a really big thank-you to our community sponsors,” Cotton said. “We couldn’t do this event without them, especially the town of Frisco. … It’s really a community event, with community businesses out there making this all happen for the kids.”
Kids Eat Free
New for 2014, the Free Family Fun Fair is introducing a Kids Eat Free program at Frisco businesses. Through Wednesday, Aug. 20, kids will eat free, with some restrictions, at Whole Foods Market, Peppino’s Pizza & Subs, Bread & Salt, Footes Rest Sweet Shop & Eatery and Backcountry Brewery.
The Frisco Information Center started handing out medallions on Wednesday, Aug. 13, and the remainder of the 1,000 medallions will be available for parents to pick up, first-come, first-served, at the Free Family Fun Fair. Cotton said as part of the partnership with Frisco, the town wanted to drive more traffic to area businesses, which is why the Kids Eat Free program was created.
“They wanted us to help create more business for the town of Frisco in general, not just the Adventure Park but Main Street, as well,” Cotton said. “It’s opening up a weeklong program, right when school is going back into session, to drive locals and tourists onto Main Street to taste great restaurants. … It’s a good way for parents to celebrate the first day of school.”