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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:32 am

HAMPTON -- This weekend, bring the entire family to the 13th annual International Children’s Festival, a veritable palette of color, cultural pride and camaraderie. The event, taking place April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Downtown Hampton’s Mill Point Park, will allow children of all ages the unique opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of more than 40 countries, regions and cultures.

A wealth of activities are planned for the festival, including a costumed Parade of Nations, showcasing a breathtaking array of exquisite fabrics, bold colors and exciting designs. Entertainment will take place on three stages and includes the popular Dragon Head Dance, native folk dancers and musicians. Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy, The Mechanical Man, a stilt walker and the Monkey Man will provide roaming entertainment in Mill Point Park throughout the day.

This year, the festival is happy to welcome China Kaleidoscope Kung Fu Love, a group of martial arts and folk dance performers from the People’s Republic of China. The group will be in Hampton Roads for the opening of Old Dominion University’s Confucius Institute, which will officially establish on April 19.

To help children further stimulate real travel and enhance their worldwide journey, Passports to Adventure will be available. Anytime a child visits a country, they will have their visas stamped to confirm their interaction with the organizers of that booth. If they visit each country at the festival, the child will then be entered into a special “World Traveler” prize drawing.

In addition to the activities of the day, vendors will offer (for a fee) exotic and tempting treats from Turkey, The West Indies, Panama, Thailand, Japan, the Middle East and more. The designated food court area will remain open until the conclusion of the festival.

Admission to the International Children’s Festival is free and ample parking will be available throughout Downtown. For more information call 727-8311, or visit www.hampton.gov/parks/icf.

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