PEORIA- Parents and children flooded into the Peoria Civic Center Saturday for an event packed with family fun.
During the winter months when weekend activities are few and far between, people say this indoor extravaganza called "family fest" gives their kids a much needed dose of playtime. A day for parents and kids to spend time together. It's a new experience for some, but others are regulars.
"This is our fourth year," said Heather Pendleton.
She said the $5 ticket is worth a whole day of activities.
"Inexpensive and something to get the kids out of the house," Pendleton said.
Children spread all over the room, staying busy with face painting, rock climbing, and petting live animals. People grabbed free Frisbees, helmets and pizza while checking out dozens of vendors.
"We haven't been down the middle to see all the booths yet, we've been distracted with all the bouncy houses," said Kimberly Waugh.
A common favorite among the youth, there were bouncy houses scattered around the room, even ones reserved for toddlers.
Kids had big smiles, but there were also things to do for the children at heart. People spent time at the Methodist Well Mobile, making sure their tickers are healthy.
"Just getting my blood pressure checked," said Billy Vestal.
Many visitors say it's a rare chance to get out and do something in the colder months.
"I think it's awesome. I think it is a wonderful thing especially in the winter," Mary Ralph said.
The annual festival is one of the biggest family events in the area.
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