Annual fest is something to fall for
BY ALISON NICOL Correspondent October 9, 2013 8:31AM
A visitor to the Oak Lawn fest looks into a mirror in the fun house. | Alison Nicol~For Sun-Times Media
The annual Fall Fun Fest took place in the parking lot and street outside The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn on Sept. 29.
Museum fundraising director Bernadette Shanahan-Haas was pleased with the turnout.
“In the four years that I have been with the museum, this is the first year that the weather has been so nice and sunny,” she said. “So I’m really pleased.”
There were about 30 vendors and sponsors, and the museum ordered 500 small pumpkins from Konow Farms in Homer Glen, which were handed out free to children by Tyler Woodworth and Andy Koning, who manned a small farmstand that included mums for sale.
Entertainment was provided throughout the day by the Priscilla School of Dance from Lockport. The dancers, ages 7 to 15, performed routines to music and attracted quite a crowd. Entertainment also was provided by the Joon Lee Taekwondo School of Oak Lawn. The tae kwon do students, some as young as 3, performed board-breaking kicks and chops for a crowd.
Mingling with the festgoers were young people dressed as various storybook characters such as Snow White and Prince Charming, who interacted with the children.
A few of the more popular attractions included a huge bounce house with a slide, a Pace bus on which children were allowed to sit in the driver’s seat and blow the horn, and emergency vehicles from the Oak Lawn fire and police departments.
One young family attending the fest — Keith and Colleen Reynolds and their boys, Quinn, 4, and Dyllon, 1 — have been museum members for almost four years.
“The boys just love the emergency vehicles,” Colleen Reynolds said. “They’re a big hit with them, and they can also go into the museum and play in there. We love it.”
Festgoer Cheryl O’Donnell attended with her daughter Abby, 6, who was a runner in the Kids Dash, the first event of the day at 10 a.m.
Asked what her favorite part of the day was, Abby said, “I like to play.”
Hot dogs and popcorn were sold along with cupcakes from Simply Sweet. Proprietors Carmen Bonilla and Adrianna Aronda said this was their first year at the fest, and they are planning an expansion of their business on Oct. 16, with a grand opening of a custom cake and cookie shop, which will offer cake-decorating classes.
Admission to the fest was free.