Kidzone makes its move to the center of festival

R. Alan Hwang/Special to the Town Crier
Kids and parents alike often enjoy painting at the festival.

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The Kidzone is the centerpiece of this year’s Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, as it moves from the outside portion to the middle of the annual event. It is situated in Parking Plaza 6, near the Third Street food vendors, State Street artists, Sponsors Row and the Community Stage.

The Kidzone features hands-on art activities, face painting, henna tattoos and games for the young and young at heart. There is also an Art Wall for young artists to display their work for the festival crowd.

Sponsored by downtown Los Altos’ Bumble restaurant and Area 151 arcade, the Kidzone is anchored by the Family Fun Stage. Energetic duo Lori and RJ host stage shows throughout both days of the festival.

Hula-hooping, games and the prize wheel begin at 11 a.m., prior to the first performance.

Saturday officially kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with Studio Kicks Palo Alto and its "Dragon Dance for Good Luck."

The Puppet Company takes the stage at 12:15 and 3 p.m. to perform "The Puppet Circus," featuring clowns, a tightrope-walking bear, elephants, lions and a circus parade.

At 1 p.m., the Los Altos youth of the Box Cube/The Electric Pythons robotics team (comprising local eighth- and ninth-graders) show off their latest creations.

At 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., magician Gerald Joseph performs magic with humor and audience participation. At 2:15 p.m., Daniel Ordonez, runner-up on "The Voice for Kids" in Spanish, belts out songs in Spanish and English.

Lori & RJ’s brand of fun and funky music humor rounds out Saturday’s entertainment with "Kids Music with a Groove" at 4:15 p.m.

Sunday’s slate of entertainment starts with Studio Kicks of Palo Alto at 11:30 a.m., followed by the comedic magic of Gerald Joseph at 12:15 p.m., Box Cube/The Electric Pythons at 1 p.m., Jump for Joy Music with Wiley and Debbie Rankin at 1:30 p.m., the Puppet Company’s modern twist on "Jack & the Beanstalk" at 2:15 p.m. and singer Daniel Ordonez at 2:45 p.m. Magician Gerald Joseph returns at 3:15 p.m., then Jump for Joy Music’s encore show is at 4 p.m. and Puppet Company’s repeat performance is at 4:30 p.m.

Throughout both days, audience participants have the opportunity to win unlimited ride tickets to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, along with other prizes.

For those looking to zip down the 100-foot Superslide on a burlap sack or experience the Fun House and other amusements - including an array of rides and games - visit the Festival Carnival on Third Street, directly off San Antonio Road.

For more information, call LAVA at 949-5282 or visit

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