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First Day Festival

When: Sun., Aug. 19, 1-4 p.m. 2012

As summer breathes its last, humid breath, families can get get a head start on the back-to-school season at the First Day Festival. Now in its tenth year, the festival offers fun, educational activities as well as the chance to give back by collecting school supplies for kids who need them. “It’s a community-wide partnership in support of education. Our goal is to get families excited, kids excited about the beginning of a new school year,” says Jacquie Kennedy, executive director of the Charleston Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families. Parents and kids can learn about living healthy lifestyles with local chefs, who will demonstrate how to prepare nutritious snacks like granola, and doctors from MUSC who will show attendees how to make delicious smoothies. To entertain the tots, there will be free face painting, tours of the Fort Sumter Museum and the S.C. Aquarium, and boat rides. School supplies will also be available. “It’s a really fun day. Everything’s free with the exception of $1 parking,” says Kennedy. “We have a huge kids zone at Liberty Square. It’s a family day together, to have fun and get excited and celebrate.”

Deanna Kerley

Price: Free

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