Family Fest activites set

A duck pond, pinewood derby races, tumbling, fire safety instruction, craft projects, health screenings and an obstacle course. These are just a few of the activities to be offered at the annual Family Fest 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6 at Tiffin YMCA.

Event chairwomen Mikki King and Melissa Bowers conducted the final meeting of the Family Fest planning committee Friday. Bowers reported 45 groups have registered for 2013, following the theme “Let’s Get Moving Together.”

Seneca County Area Transportation is to provide two shuttles so that those attending can park at National Machinery and ride down to the Y. At least one of the vehicles has a wheelchair lift available.

Participants should plan to bring non-perishable food items to place in the FISH collection box in the lobby. Many items are to be given away in “the Loft,” the area between the two gyms. Bags will be available for carrying free items, craft projects and printed information. Those who fill out free raffle tickets could win a valuable prize, including a bicycle, backyard pool, Napoli pizza, a family pass to the Tiffin Field of Dreams Drive-In, buy-one-get-one drive-in passes or a YMCA membership.

WTSC and WTTF are to do live broadcasts from the Y in which they speak to people at the booths and families who attend. Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to take registrations for library cards.

People of all ages can visit a photo booth and explore COSI’s 20 “science box” attractions. Animal lovers can interact with a therapy dog, a search and rescue dog and pets from the Humane Society of Seneca County. Children can visit with several costumed mascots. Martial arts clubs from Tiffin University and the YMCA, and biddy wrestlers are to give demonstrations.

“We had a lady that called us after the paper and said we were down with registrations, so she’s bringing board games for the kids to play,” King said.

For those who want to keep moving, there will be a soccer clinic, open gym noon-1 p.m. and free swimming 1-2 p.m. Younger guests can visit Safety City or try out the inflatables – Jumpers Wild is to set up monkey jump, Velcro tower, obstacle course and basketball hoop. At noon, a balloon launch is to occur in conjunction with child abuse prevention month.

Guests who work up an appetite can find baked goods, beverages, snacks, sandwiches and other items available for sale.

“Right now our biggest concern is volunteers and demonstrations,” Bowers said.

A few time slots still are available for demonstrations. For more information, call (419) 447-4040 or look up Family Fest on Facebook.