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Take a ride or go down the slide in festival's Family Fun Zone


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The climbing rock in the Family Fun Zone, above, proved to be a big hit at last year’s Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival. This year’s event features several amusements for children, highlighted by the Super Slide.

While the adults often favor walking the aisles viewing the art and sipping wine, the kids attending the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival always enjoy the Family Fun Zone the most. It’s a place where they can go on a ride, hurl down a giant slide or simply sit and be entertained.

Located directly off San Antonio Road and Third Street, the Family Fun Zone offers amusements for children of all ages.

Rides, again provided by Classic Amusement, include favorites Dizzy Dragons, the 12-seat Happy Swing, Loop ’o Plane and the retro-scrambler ride The Super Sizzler. But the main attraction promises to be the tried-and-true traditional favorite: the 100-foot Super Slide, suitable for children and adults.

The Family Fun Zone offers face painting, balloon art, painted nails and the Girl Scouts’ Crazy Hair booth. Traditional carnival food, including hand-dipped corndogs, Hawaiian shaved ice, cotton candy, caramel apples and popcorn, is available in the Fun Zone.

Energetic song-and-dance duo Lori and RJ of Cotton Candy Express are back as hosts of the entertainment on the Family Fun Zone Stage. Half-hour performances are scheduled throughout each day of the festival.

Saturday’s entertainment lineup begins with a high-energy martial-arts demonstration from Studio Kicks of Palo Alto, scheduled 11 a.m. The Puppet Company tells classic tales with puppets, colorful effects and humor 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Jimbo the Clown is set to take the stage at noon and 3:15 p.m. Crowd favorite Andy Z, who performs songs geared toward the little ones, is scheduled for 12:30 and 4 p.m. Other acts slated for Saturday include Mexican-dance company Grupo Folklórico Los Laureles (1:15 p.m.), the South Valley Suzuki String Academy (1:45 p.m.) and downtown Los Altos’ San Juan Dance (2:45 p.m.).

Studio Kicks kicks off Sunday’s lineup as well, scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Hosts Lori and RJ will perform upbeat music for the entire family at noon. Jimbo the Clown brings laughter at 12:45 p.m., and The Puppet Company follows at 1:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Mexico Vivo will dance at 2:15 p.m. Award-winning youth vocalists Bytes and Notes are set to sing at 2:45 p.m. Rounding out the day of entertainment, the San Juan Dance students return at 3 p.m., Jimbo the Clown at 3:30 p.m. and The Puppet Company at 4 p.m.

Throughout each day, audience members may win unlimited ride tickets to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and other prizes.

For more information, call the Los Altos Village Association at 949-5282 or visit downtownlosaltos.org. m

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