Photo: Courtesy of University City Partners

It’s hard to ignore all the good things happening in Charlotte’s University City area. Take Kid’s Fest, for example.

For the second year, University City Partners has teamed up with a host of sponsors to present an all-day festival to inspire children. It’s part of the organization’s mission to make U-City a great place to live, work and raise a family.

The festival begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

The mission of the Charlotte Kids Fest is to inspire and motivate young minds with artistic, creative, educational and playful experiences that transform a child’s understanding of the world around them and what’s possible.

The event is FREE to attend, but proceeds raised through corporate sponsorships will go to benefit the Library Foundation.

With the CATS Blue Line Extension now up and running, getting there has never been easier. The outdoor location — 9100 Robert D. Snyder Road – is an easy walk from the JW Clay Blvd Station.

Visit the Create Zone for fun activities of building and learning.

11:30 — Lego Robotics with Digi-Bridge
12:15 — Learn how to build Balloon Creations
1:00 — Observe and learn juggling
1:45 — Create festival art on a shared canvas hosted by Painting with Perceptions
2:30 — Lego Robotics with Digi-Bridge
3:15 — Creating magic

Enjoy several types of performing arts in the Discover Zone

11:30 — Live music by Community School of the Arts
12:15 — TJ Sauce Kid
1:00 — Jollie Lollies
1:45 — Upstage Center Performing Arts dance team
2:30 — TJ Sauce Kid
3:15 — UNC Charlotte

Enjoy book readings and science demos in the Learn Zone.

11:30 — Musical chair trivia hosted by Diaper Duty
12:15 — Just Perfect Kids Book Reading
1:00 — The Tale of Two Friends book reading
1:45 — Learn how to create the lights & sounds of the big stage
2:30 — Just Perfect Kids Book Reading
3:15 — Musical chair trivia hosted by Diaper Duty

Get active and be healthy in the Play Zone

11:30 — Meet Dr. Know
12:15 — Kids yoga hosted by BDK Academy Charlotte
1:00 — Meet Dr. Know
1:45 — Kids animal style locomotion movements by BDK Academy Charlotte
2:30 — Mixed martial arts by BDK Academy Charlotte
3:15 — Kids yoga hosted by BDK Academy Charlotte

At the Storytime Stage, families can join in with library staff to share stories and participate in movement activities.

11:30 — Cat in the Hat with Thing 1 & 2
12:15 — Pinkalicious
1:00 — Harry Potter
1:45 — Charlie Brown & Lucy
2:30 — Neon Leon
3:15 — I Got the Rhythm & Giraffes Can’t Dance

Food? No problem – the festival will include a host of food trucks and vendors.