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Artist at Heart | Passport| Marc’s Family Fun ZonePetting Zoo | Inflatables |CYSC Adventure Zone | BMX Show | Hispanic Tent | |Small Fry Area | Play Square | Thank You Cards | Bubbles | Get Messy | Make One, Share One Pencils | Caricatures | Say Yes to Jesus | Fishers of MenCrafts | Great Games | St. Paschal Clown Rascals | Stilt WalkersPray the Rosary | Family Blessings | Brown Scapular Investiture | NCYC

The Kid’s Activities Area shuts down at 7 pm. 

Artist at Heart

blessingplate2Back again is your chance to paint with Artist at Heart. Be sure to register online (coming in July). We will be having 4 sessions with 50 people each. This year we will be making a “Blessing Plate”.

“This plate shall have no owner, for its journey never ends. It travels in a circle of our family and friends. So please enjoy what’s on this plate then fill it up again, and pass along the love it holds to family and friends.”

(In between each session, there will be local artists sharing their gifts and talents.)

Reservations are first come, first serve and will be taken in the order they are received. Sessions at the FEST will be at 1:00, 2:30, 4:00 and 5:30.

Sign up here

Artist at Heart is locally owned and operated by Denyse Lipka Carbonell. Denyse received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The Cleveland Institute of Art and her Master’s in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University. She has willingly shared her time and talent with us at the FEST.

Visit the Artist at Heart website to see other ways you can paint like an artist.


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Are you ready for the ultimate FEST scavenger hunt?!

Stop by the Passport Tent to get your passport. Then, find letters posted at tents and locations all around the FEST grounds using the clues provided. Fill in the letter next to each clue as you find it. Then, unscramble the letters for a secret FEST phrase. Take the completed passport back to the passport tent for a chance to win:

  • (3:00) FEST sweatshirt
  • (4:00) Marc’s Mom’s Relaxation Station bag (no line!)
  • (5:00) FEST sweatshirt
  • (6:00) Goodie bag
  • (7:00) FEST sweatshirt


Marc’s Family Fun Zone

Come into the Marc’s family fun zone, get a Marc’s bag to decorate and then go through the various areas taking part in all the activities!

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Petting Zoo

For People of All Ages

Visit with returning Honey Hill farm animals, enjoyed by children and adults alike. Enjoy an interactive experience with gentle donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, and more!




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Zero Gravity Xtremes Inflatables!

Zero Gravity Xtremes is bringing sky-high fun to the FEST! Take a turn on their larger-than-life inflatables, like giant obstacle courses. It’s a great activity for kids and tweens!


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CYSC Adventure Zone

Once again our friends at Catholic Youth Summer Camp will be returning to the FEST! Kids and teens will be able to enjoy adventure filled activities for free at the CYSC Adventure Zone. This year in the adventure zone, there will be lots of inflatables, a paintball shooting target, archery, dodgeball, a rock wall, sumo suits, 9 square in the air, and ga-ga ball! Like everything else at the FEST, you can experience this adventure all for FREE!


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Catch the BMX show!

Ron Thomas is back with the awesome BMX bikers! New this year is the Dunk Show! Continuous excitement all day.

  • 1:00-1:30 BMX
  • 1:45-2:15 DUNK
  • 2:30-3:00 BMX
  • 3:15-3:45 DUNK
  • 4:15-4:45 BMX
  • 5:15-5:45 DUNK
  • 6:15-6:45 BMX
  • 7:00-7:30 DUNK

Click the graphic below for more information about A.G.A. Nation and the BMX riders!


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Hispanic Tent

Designed especially for our Hispanic brothers and sisters but open to everyone, stop by the Hispanic tent to make a craft and find plenty of resources and information about events happening around the Diocese of Cleveland.

If you or someone you know speaks Spanish and would like to volunteer in the Hispanic tent, sign up online at and indicate in the comments that you would like to work in the Hispanic tent.

Hispanic Tent

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 Small Fry Play Area

For Kids 6 and Under

Our 7 and Under Area in the tennis courts will be turned in Bibleland! With hands on activities, learn about the bible in a fun way, geared to the little ones.

Come and see the giant ten commandments tablets, walk through Jonah the whale, and play in the Garden of Eden. Build with several types of block behind the walls of Jericho. Learn about all different animals in Noah’s Ark and follow the star to the Nativity and much more.

Be sure to stop by with your little ones.


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Play Square

Come back throughout the day for all sorts of fun hands on activities

  • Free play (12 pm)
  • Fun with all types of balls (1 pm)
  • Parachute play (2 pm)
  • Musical chairs (3 pm)
  • Wickliffe Swing Band and fun with drums (4 pm)
  • Hula Hoops and learn all about hooping (5 pm)
  • Kids’ Zumba with Tracy Capasso (6 pm)
  • Free Play (7 pm)

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Thank You! Merci! Gracias!

Come in for different ways to show outward signs of support for our soldiers, first responders and for those at home!  We’ll make Thank You fans to show to those who are so important in keeping us safe and free from harm. Keep in your car…share every day!

Thank You to those who fight for our freedom!

Be kind…be forgiving…be tolerant

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Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles

From 1:30-3:30 join Dr. U. R. Awesome and see incredible bubble fun! Come stand inside a bubble! Play in thousands of bubbles. Create your own large bubbles. Dr. Awesome holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest inside and outdoor bubble! You won’t believe your eyes!

Continue to play throughout the day with our special bubble concoction!

For more great pictures from Dr. Awesome, visit


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Get Messy!

You’ll be able to paint with shaving cream! Clean play! Sensory and artistic fun!


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Make One…Share One.

It’s fun to make something for yourself, but we’ll be making two of these cool pencils with special toppers to share with a friend, someone who needs some cheering up, someone ill, and so many more that need our prayers! Every time you use this special pencil, say a prayer for your special friend and remember:

A friend is one who strengthens you with prayers, blesses you with love and encourages you with hope.

Share this and a card, notepad, or a special letter.


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A new twist to these fun drawings…kids will be drawing! Bring the kids to draw their friends, siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles! Just sit behind one of the easels and draw away! You’ll be able to see what you look like from a child’s point of view, while remembering that God created all of us for a special purpose.

  1. TRUST God, in everything.
  2. Live generously for others even if I will never be recognized or thanked for it.
  3. Serve God with the talents He has given me.
  4. Be who I am with myself and with others.
  5. Think about myself less – not less of myself
  6. Be willing to give and to love
  7. Do less – pray, give, and love more.
  8. Allow God to change me, to draw me closer to Him, to learn from my past and move on.


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Say Yes to Jesus

How are you saying “Yes” to Jesus? Take a good look at yourself in our giant mirror.

Take a smaller mirror and add it to our giant “yes”, writing on the yes how you will say “Yes” and adding your mirror, remembering to be a good example like out Blessed Mother’s “yes.”


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Fishers of Men

Games and crafts with different types of fish!

Spin the wheel to win a fish prizes.

Make clothes pin fish…attach to your backpack, hook on to a sleeve, or place around the house as you pray for others.

Have fun at the fish pond. Fun for everyone.

After you visit here, be sure to visit 95.5 the FISH tent near the stage.

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Crafts, Crafts, Crafts

Unleash your creativity! Join the Girls Scouts in making a variety of crafts!

  • Make a foam crown, bracelet, cross necklace, and Mary pin
  • Plant seeds
  • Sign a card for our military – let them know how much we appreciate everything they do for us
  • And much more!

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Great Games Galore!

HUMAN FOOSBALL is back! Join a team! Have fun as you challenge others!

Build in the Lego area. Now is your chance. Look for other activities to be added to this area.

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The St. Paschal Rascals are back!

Laughing makes everyone happy! Those crazy clowns are back for the 17th year! They are out to tickle your funny bone and bring a smile to your face. Be sure to pass your smile on and come see what the clowns are up to!

kids clown

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Look for the Stilt Walkers

Back again in their bright costumes high in the air are the Pickup Stix stilt walkers. Pose for pictures with their or just enjoy this talent!

Look for them in the Marc’s Family Fun Zone and throughout the FEST from 3:00-6:00pm.

Learn more at


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Pray the Rosary

Take 15 minutes from your day and join us in the rosary tent on the hour to pray. Rosaries are available to pray during the FEST or to take home, courtesy of the St. Justin Martyr Rosary Makers. We thank You…We praise You…We bless You…We glorify You…Together with our Mother Mary, we offer you everything we are and have in return for a life FULL of your love and mercy.


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Come for a special FEST Family Blessing

Families that pray together can bring change. In the Family Blessing tent, deacons from around the Cleveland Diocese will pray with you and for you. Sometimes the road can be uncertain for us or those we love. We trust in prayer. Be sure to take a prayer card with you that you can pray throughout the year.

Family Blessings Tent

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Brown Scapular Investiture

For over 700 years, the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel has been one of the most precious gifts and highly-indulgenced Sacramentals of our Church. It is more than that, however; it is in reality a garment, given to us by Our Blessed Mother which makes us her special children. Blessing and clothing with the Scapular of the ‘Blessed Virgin of Mt. Carmel’ enrolls the individual in the Scapular Confraternity and admits him to a share in all the spiritual works performed by the Religious of Mount Carmel.

Scapulars will be provided free of charge if you wish to take part in this special blessing.


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 NCYC –National Catholic Youth Conference

Once again teens from all 8 counties of the diocese will be going to NCYC in Indianapolis, joining the over 25,000 teens and adults from the United States and beyond. The CYO Office will supply this banner to take and post at the NCYC conference. Please take a few minutes to sign this banner wishing them luck and sharing blessings for this trip.

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