Summer is a great time for kids to relax and play. Celebrate by participating in the 4th Annual Building for Kids Children's Parade. Everyone is welcome to attend and it's FREE for families.*
We need YOU to join us for this warm and wonderful summer evening event. The more-the-merrier as the kids of the community take over College Avenue and make it their own.
Kids can march in costume, decorate bikes or wagons - anything non-motorized. Parents - pop the baby into an adorned stroller. The sillier the better. Show off your imagination and creativity with confidence. This is a parade by children and for children.
*Registration if FREE for families and neighborhood groups before 7/15. After 7/15, a $5 per family Registration Fee applies. A Group Fee for Businesses or Organizations of $25 is required before 7/15, and after 7/15 is $50. Pre-Registration is required.
Last day to register is Monday, July 23rd, 2012.
Visit www.facebook.com/buildingforkidschildrensparade for the latest parade updates and view photos from last year's parade.
6:00pm: Parade begins
7:00pm - 8:00 pm: Family event in City Park with entertainment (we will be selling food and drink.)
The Building for Kids Children's Museum and local business and community leaders are planning the 4th annual Building for Kids Children’s Parade. It’s our effort to provide a free, community event for families and support The Building for Kids Children's Museum with funds to provide low income families with free memberships to the facility, scholarships for school field trips, facility maintenance and educational programming.
Any child 12 years or younger may participate as an individual or in a group. All participants MUST be pre-registered. A group may be defined as a non-commercial organization, commercial organization, school (public and private), churches, daycares, performing groups, etc.
Last day to register is Monday, July 23rd, 2012.
NEW! You will have the opportunity to pick up your PARADE NUMBER at the museum BEFORE the event. Stay tuned for more information!
No pets, other than service dogs, are allowed.
Adults may participate while serving as a designated escort, as a costumed character, as a member of a band or other musical, group or as a person powering a float. Groups should limit the number of adults. Adults should not block the view of the children from the audience. We do not want to distract from the parade highlight – the children.
Only NON-MOTORIZED “floats” are allowed. No motors or engines of any kind are allowed. Children may walk or be transported by wheelchair, strollers, wagons, trikes, bikes or small floats. Failure to control the floats shall result with the float being removed from the parade. Any child that is unable to walk the required parade route should be transported. Questions regarding appropriate vehicles should be directed to the Children’s Parade Coordinator.
No items may be tossed or handed out to the audience. No banners or themes that are commercial, political, or controversial may be displayed. No, advertising or signs of any kind may be displayed other than a small sign identifying the float name and organization (if registered as a GROUP). Themes should be appropriate for children.
Group representatives are responsible for informing their participants of parade requirements and rules, time, location, parking and any other necessary details.
Parents or group leaders are responsible for their children at all times, including the staging area, in the parade procession, and at the conclusion of the parade. A parent, guardian or group leader MUST be present at the event at all times. No child may be “dropped off” or left unaccompanied at any time.
Smoking or the drinking of alcoholic beverages will not be allowed in the staging area, Houdini Plaza or City Park. Parking automobiles inside or closely beside the staging area is not permitted for the safety of the children. Specific instructions for drop off and parking will be sent via email and posted on Facebook.
Awards will be given out for the following categories:
Imagination, Creativity, Confidence
New this year! Best Group and Best Float
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Dana Thorpe, Executive Director, The Building for Kids Children's Museum
The Building for Kids Children's Museum was established in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin in 1991 and opened in November 1992. In 2006 the museum was expanded and completely renovated with new exhibits designed by kids for kids.
The mission of the museum is "to build children's imagination, creativity, and confidence".
The Building for Kids Children's Musuem is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by donations, memberships, and admissions. The museum does not receive local, state, or federal funding. Nearly 115,000 visitors enjoy the museum each year.