It was the first time our family attended Kermesse, a fundraising Fun Fair for the IWK hospital. It was huge and in two hours we didn’t get to try it all! So while I can’t tell you what you missed, I would tell you what we didn’t.
The band was playing, and after they finished a piece, their conductor turned to the applauding people and said randomly ‘Gracias! Spasibo!’ — ‘thank you’ in Spanish and Russian.
A talking recycling robot was scary, so we found comfort in taking new friends to the Teddy Bear Clinic. Luckily for us, they also admitted seals and Siberian tigers.
Then we walked through the hospital hallway past home-baked goods and handmade gifts. Sure enough, there was a lady knitting a purple hat at the craft table. A train ride lasted three circles, with whistles and giggles all the way.
Food! A special mom’s thank you for a child-friendly, no-ketchup-spilling hotdog package. I think it was the first public event when my kids didn’t look like they had to hunt their hotdog down before eating it.
Then we recharged a bit at the tiny petting zoo before going to three bouncy castles and face painting. There were many games for older kids too, and everyone seemed to have a good time. Free activities like catching bubbles on the grass or playing in a big sand box gave parents a chance to catch a breath, escape the lines, and count tickets before moving on to the next exciting thing. We left covered in stickers, carrying stuffed toys and balloon animals — it was a fair all right, and it was fun!