Island Park will be filled with music, laughter, and bright colors as children play and learn at the 20th Annual Midwest Kid Fest. All the activities are free! The fest hosts interactive educational booths, life-sized games, an entertainment stage, petting zoo, inflatables, strolling entertainment, and more.

Teddy Bear Parade: Bring a canned food donation to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank to the parade along with your Teddy Bear! The parade will again begin in front of the Island Park Pool and travel along a colorful path through the park to kick off the festivities. Photographs and videos will be taken along the parade route that will be used for future marketing and promotion. Note: Participation waivers are no longer required.  Line-up begins at 10:00 AM with the parade kicking off at 10:30.

Entertainment Stage presented by Cass-Clay Creamery: Bring your blanket and grab a comfortable patch of grass to watch the entertainment being presented by local performers.  

Booth Activities: Area businesses and organizations will be set up and ready to play in the park! Stop by to see all the great offerings there are for kids in our community and play a game, make a craft, or learn something new.

Food Vendors:. Whether you're looking for hot dogs, pizza, snow cones, or more, there will be something to hit the spot!  Make sure to leave room to try all of the delicious options from:

  • The Hot Dog Peddler,
  • Jumbo's Sloppy Joes,
  • Mama LaRonni's,
  • Papa Murphy's Pizza,
  • Texas Best Express, and
  • Tropical Sno.

New this year - Knowledge Grove presented by Gate City Bank

Join us for a day filled with learning and trying new things.  There will be drop-in workshops occurring all day long for guests to try their hand at something different.  From American Sign Language to yoga, there is something for everyone at Knowledge Grove!

Life-size and Inflatable games: Navigate the obstacle course, slide, and bounce house presented in part by Games Galore all day long!  Then head over to try your luck at a life-size game of checkers, Yahtzee, Tetris, and more!

Volunteers: Join us for a day of fun! Jobs include supervising the Teddy Bear Parade, Belly Bumpers, Life-Sized Games, and Inflatables. Shifts are 10:30 am-12:30 pm, 12:15-2:15 pm, 2:00-4:00 pm, 3:45-5:45 pm, or 5:30-7:30 pm.  Click here to sign up through SignUpGenius.

MAT Bus: Offers free rides to kids coming to the Teddy Bear Parade and Midwest Kid Fest! Adults ride for only $1.50. Pick a bus route or park your car in one of the Park & Ride Lots.

Parking: Make sure to leave yourself time to find parking. The Island Park parking lots or the ramp are great options to look for parking and there is also plenty of street parking in the area around the park.