Fort Campbell Families can safely enjoy an afternoon at the Magical Car-nival Kidsfest, combining safe social distancing and plenty of fun for a delayed observance of Month of the Military Child.
April was designated as Month of the Military Child in 1986 by Casper Weinberger, then-secretary of state, to celebrate their important role in the military Family. However, this year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebrations were postponed. Since then, the staff of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation have worked to find a safe and creative way to host an event to celebrate Fort Campbell’s children.
During September, each Child and Youth Services facility will host an array of activities to celebrate the children who attend these CYS programs, from cooking activities to art projects.
Everyone across post is invited to join Spirit Week, Sept. 14-18, to show support for Military children by participating and dressing up following the themes of the day. Sept. 14 is “Team Jersey Day,” Sept. 15 is “Pajama Day,” Sept. 16 is “Crazy Hair Day,” “Superhero Day” is Sept. 17 and wear purple Sept. 18 for “Purple Up Day.” The week will wrap up with the Car-nival Kidsfest 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 19, at division parade field.
“It will be a safe drive-thru Car-nival,” said Michelle King, acting director of MWR-Parent Central Services. “In previous years, we have hosted an in-person kidsfest, this year we’ve decided to still keep the carnival feel but continue forward with COVID safety precautions and make it more of a parade style. Instead of a normal parade where floats go by and the Families stay in one place, in our parade the Families will go by and the floats will stay still. We are inviting everyone to get into the spirit of the event and join us by wearing your favorite costumes. Patrons will remain in their vehicles, and the floats will be at a safe social distance”
The Magical Car-nival Kidsfest will have fun displays, giveaways, and music. Each tent will feature its own magical theme with costumed characters.
“We have different characters welcoming the Families as they arrive,” King said. “It’s free to attend; and there is no need to sign up. Cars must keep moving, although at a safe and slow pace. It will be the length of the parade field with approximately 20 tent-floats set up.”
There also will be a drive-thru photo opportunity where Families can take a photo at the event while remaining inside of their vehicles. Families are invited to wear costumes.
MWR will post instructions for the event and share a video on Facebook to show Families the start and route of the event.
Families should travel on Market Garden Road to arrive at the start of the Magical Car-nival route, signage will be posted as well.
“This is the perfect opportunity to put on a safe event,” King said. These kids do more and go through more than we can understand, so to show them support and let them have some fun is the least we can do for them.”