Bored No More

The worst thing anyone can ever say about Aurora’s annual KidSpree outdoor festival for children is that it’s hot out there — but if you bring plenty of water and sunscreen, you should be fine. Offering more than sixty activities for all ages on a generous spread in Bicentennial Park (Alameda Avenue and Potomac Street in Aurora) the two-day fest, this year titled “Direct Your Own Fun,” invites kids to leave their summer doldrums at the gate. Favorite attractions from past years, such as the life-sized board games, climbing walls, flying disc dogs, a musical petting zoo, ongoing stage performances and the WeeSpree area for the littlest babes and tots, are all back, while new activities include the PredaTour 2008 for kids dreaming of becoming rock stars, and a hands-on Create a Creature area.

So don’t let the sun deter you: Attend KidSpree from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today or tomorrow; admission is free, as is the shuttle service to the park from the southwest parking lot at the nearby Town Center at Aurora. Go to www.auroragov.org/recreation for details.
July 19-20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2008

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