JCC to Host Family Fun Fest on Saturday

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Children enjoy interacting with animals in the petting zoo at a past family fun fest. (Courtesy James City County)
Children enjoy interacting with animals in the petting zoo at a past family fun fest. (Courtesy James City County)

Chickahominy Riverfront Park will play host to five hours of family fun on Saturday, with a 1-mile run, laser tag, a petting zoo, pony rides and live entertainment set to entertain people of all ages.

The James City County Family Fun Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 140-acre park, located by the Charles City County line off John Tyler Highway on the shores of its eponymous river. Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Several attractions will be open for the duration of the five-hour festival, including laser tag from TagTime LLC, a petting zoo and inflatable playground-style rides. Ponies will also be on site for kids who want to take the reins.

At 12:30 p.m., girls will get a chance to participate in a 1-mile run. Thirty minutes later, boys will get their shot at racing. Anyone interested in participating in the races can sign up on site.

The top finishers will be honored during a ceremony at 1:45 p.m. on the main stage, which will serve as a one-stop shop for family-friendly entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Performers include the Amazing Magic Dave, a cartoon show, dance performances from En Point Dance Academy and the Virginia Regional Ballet, martial arts demonstrations by Baeplex Martial Arts and World Champion Tae Kwon Do, a show from a band of puppeteers and duels by the College of William & Mary’s fencing team.

A small marketplace of craft vendors will offer their wares throughout the day. Goods for sale include jewelry, bags, candles, health products and Tupperware. Nearby, food vendors including Monny’s Food Service, ZPizza, Parrott Catering, The Return of the Mac and Sno-To-Go will have an array of foodstuffs available for purchase.

A  full schedule of performers and activities is available on the James City County website. The festival is a production of James City County Parks and Recreation, while the races are presented by Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Colonial Road Runners.