Getting a little smarter: KidsFest draws a crowd

Published 9:48 am Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Davie families with young children are a bit smarter now, and they had fun getting there.

More than 700 people attended KidsFest 2022 hosted by Smart Start of Davie County in partnership with Davie Recreation and Park. It held in person, outdoors at the Davie Community Park on Saturday, April 30.

There were performances, visits with child serving agencies, arts, crafts, games and more.

Families received a goody bag at check in filled with activities to do at home with their children. Each agency had an activity, game or craft for families to participate in.

There was an obstacle course, a smoothie bike, marshmallow engineering, “fishing”, arts and crafts and more. D’s Cloud Bounce provided inflatable games and kids enjoyed baseball, basketball, football and soccer themed games.

Families were greeted by Davie County Emergency Services, Davie County Sheriff’s Office and Mocksville Fire Department. Kids enjoyed exploring the emergency service vehicles, learning about what each agency does to keep our community safe and even becoming “junior” officers and firefighters.

Car seat safety checks were also provided to those who were interested.

Agencies represented included: Center UMC Preschool, Cognition of Davie, Davie Emergency Services, Davie Center for Violence Prevention, Davie Health Department, Davie Health Department-WIC, Davie Public Library, Davie Schools, Davie Sheriffs Office, Davie Family YMCA, First UMC Mocksville Childcare Ministries, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peak to Piedmont, Kintegra Health, Mocksville Fire Department, Partners Health Management, Southern Family Medicine, Stagecoach Family Chiropractic, The Dragonfly House CAC and Vocational Rehab.

Families enjoyed watching performances by Krysta Gary/Zumba, Mid-Eastern Martial Arts (Davie Recreation and Parks), Davie County Senior Center’s Boogie Brigade, Ryan Short/Magician, Program Opportunities (Davie Recreation and Parks) and the Davie Family YMCA even led the crowd in “The YMCA”.

Mobile Jukebox DJ provided music for the day and families enjoyed cooling down with Sunset Slush and getting their lunch from the Mocksville Masonic Lodge with proceeds benefitting Oxford Home for Children.

“Volunteers helped make this event a success,” said Gena Taylor, Smart Start executive director. “Thank you to Smart Start board members, family members, Davie High School Honor Society and Kiwanis for their service.  Thank you to Davie Recreation and Parks for being gracious hosts for the event.”

Stay tuned to the Smart Start website and social media pages for more information about upcoming events.

Smart Start is a non-profit organization serving all young children and families in Davie County for over 24 years.  Call, 336-751-2113, email or visit