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GreenFest to have a Special Focus on Engaging Kids

May 6 Festival to Feature a ‘Kids Pavilion’, Art and a Stream Maze

The third annual Montgomery County GreenFest is set for Saturday, May 6 at Bohrer Park located at 506 South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg. This festival is suited for the whole family with activities ranging from environmental films to workshops on composting, building a community green team and bike repair. While GreenFest has a diverse array of activities for adults, this year’s event has a special focus on making sure kids have fun while learning about the role they play in protecting our environment.

“Our goal with hosting the Montgomery County GreenFest is to show families, especially children, that anyone can be an environmental champion and continue to make the County a great place to live and work,” said Lisa Feldt, director of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection.

Activities for kids will be concentrated around the Park Pavilion at the center of Bohrer Park. This Pavilion has six stations of water themed activities, including a 3-D watershed model, an introduction to stream critters and the “Water Use Around the World” activity. Adjacent to the Kids Pavilion will be the Stream Maze, where kids can pretend to be a fish making their way upstream to find a suitable habitat. They complete tasks and games, while learning about the types of struggles faced by wildlife in urban streams.

Families can visit one of the two outdoor informational booths or the Park Pavilion to pick up a Scavenger Hunt game card. Kids that complete the scavenger hunt will be rewarded with a prize courtesy of the City of Gaithersburg mini-golf course. More than 80 exhibitors and vendors will have booths to explore while completing the scavenger hunt, including the electric vehicle and hybrid car show and local artist displays.

From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. an artist will be on hand at the Park Pavilion to create temporary nature themed tattoo designs.

Near the playground, local musicians and performers such as Jimmy Lee Sings and the Thomas Young Ethiopian Dancers will perform throughout the day. The local music school, Bach to Rock, glee club and acoustic students are scheduled to perform between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

For more information on the schedule of events, directions, public transit, free shuttle buses from the Lake Forest Transit Center and the Shady Grove Metro, and food trucks that will be on site, visit montgomerycountygreenfest.org.

The Montgomery County GreenFest is rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, all activities will move into the Bohrer Park Activity Center.