Wednesday 7th , 2015
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IN 2 DAYS It’s Pumpkin Festival time! We are all so excited to celebrate the 21st Annual Pumpkin Festival with all of you. I think this one may be the best one yet! Mark your calendars for October 17th and 18th, from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and head over to Kidspace.

This year the Pumpkin Festival is presented by ScholarShare California’s 529 College Saving Plan. ScholarShare has been our Museum partner for several years and we are very excited to have them sponsor this community event that benefits Kidspace. They will be on-site during the festival, so stop by their booth and say hello.


I have spent the last few months working on the Pumpkin Festival, and I have also had the pleasure of working with a talented group of women from the Museum’s Circle of Friends to plan and execute this incredible event. Emily Viola, Circle of Friends President, along with Jennifer Kennedy and Catherine Sanders, Pumpkin Festival Co-Chairs, have been amazing leaders. They have been guiding their committees of dedicated volunteers throughout the planning process with a positive attitude, creativity, and enthusiasm. Museum staff and the Circle of Friends will be onsite in orange shirts all weekend making sure that the festival is a huge success.


What can you expect at the Pumpkin Festival? We will have fun fall crafts, games and prizes, bouncers, pony rides, a petting zoo, live musical performances, a pumpkin patch, and a used books and costumes shop.  In addition to all of those amazing activities, you can enjoy food and drinks from local favorites The Coffee Gallery, Robin’s, In-N-Out, Shakey’s, Choctal, Los Tacos, Kona Shaved Ice Truck, and Teri & Yaki. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase with a chance to win Disneyland park hopper passes, a Kidspace birthday party, and more!


Festival admission is free - as well as the live music and performances and selected crafts. There is also plenty of free parking in Lot I of the Rose Bowl adjacent to Brookside Park. Tickets will be available for purchase to enjoy the rest of the festival attractions. With every 20 tickets purchased, guests will receive a free admission pass to Kidspace.  Also, October 17 & 18 only, Kidspace admission will be half price and all membership sales will be 20% off!

What many of you may not know is that patrons to the Pumpkin Festival are able to sponsor scholarships for some Very Important Pumpkins (“VIPs”). These are children that would otherwise not have had an opportunity to experience the Pumpkin Festival. Last year we welcomed more than 400 VIPs and we plan to increase that number this year to over 500! If you are interested in sponsoring the VIP program, or any part of the Pumpkin Festival, please contact me.

I am so excited to take part in the 21st Annual Kidspace Pumpkin Festival, and I hope that you are all able to join in the fun!


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Marcie McKee, Executive Assistant, has been with Kidspace Children’s Museum since 2014.  Marcie provides assistance to the Chief Executive Officer and oversees the administrative office. Previous work includes The Disney Stores, Inc., Walt Disney Feature Animation and City of Hope.