KidsZone at the Fest Sept. 24

When ChesterFest rolls around Sept. 24, one section of Chester’s Village Green will transform into a play haven for the little ones. The Kid’s Zone at this year’s event should have your children nodding off not long after dinner that evening.

According to Kid’s Zone coordinator Gena Lashley, a member of the Chester Community Association, – the event’s organizers –  the children’s area, in a way, will complete the family-oriented event: “It will enable the parents to have more fun because their kids will be happy,” she said.

In addition to crafters, vendors, and musical entertainment comprising this year’s community festival, the Kid’s Zone will include an assortment of games, activities, crafts, plus two massive inflatables – courtesy of co-sponsor Spacewalk of Chester – for the energetic little ones.

Also sponsoring the Kid’s Zone are the Goddard schools of the River’s Bend and Beach Road locations.

“If you want to go to a family event, we need to make sure the kids are looked after too,” said Stephen Graham, co-owner of the Goddard School in River’s Bend. “And the more family events we have in the area, the more fun we’re going to have; and we are more than happy to be a part of that.”

Like Lashley, Graham will be attending the event with his small children and has enjoyed the event in the past. He said he looks forward to reconnecting with “Goddard graduates,” and catching up with folks of the Goddard family.

Josh Field, the owner of Spacewalk of Chester, has for the past few years brought and assembled his moonwalk inflatables at ChesterFest for absolutely no charge. He said it’s to give back to the community.

“The kids have a great time on them,” he said. “Anytime we set them up, they all come running. I believe it’s one of the more popular areas in the Kid’s Zone.”

The decision on which inflatable he plans to use is “in the air,” he said; however, Field said he likely will bring one of the company’s 70-foot obstacle courses and one of the regular spacewalks.

“It’s pretty much just a fun way for the kids to be active and to be kids,” Lashley said. “And the parents don’t have to constantly worry about what their children are doing because the kids can just run around and play. It’s a safe environment, and they’re allowed to be free and be happy outside. They will be able to do what kids need to do – and that’s play.”

For more information on ChesterFest, contact co-chairman of the event Elliot Fausz at


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