Annual Children's Festival Largest Yet, Highlighting Ready Rosie

Patty Morison, Festival Chair

Child Care Choices Program Manager, Mental Health Association of Frederick County

Co-sponsored by the Interagency Early Childhood Committee and the City of Frederick

Festival Fast Facts

Who?  Children ages 2-8 and their families

What? 29th Annual Children’s Festival—a day of FREE hands-on activities and entertainment

When? April 28th from                 10 am to 3 pm

Where? Baker Park, Frederick.  In the event of inclement weather, inside the Talley Rec Center

Why? To celebrate the wonder of childhood

How Much?  FREE

Food vendors are available on site or you may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park.

Come along and join the fun at the 29th Annual Children’s Festival on April 28th from 10 am to 3 pm in Baker Park.  Children ages 2-8 and their families are the primary focus, but everyone is welcome.  The Festival is an opportunity for families to participate in a range of 'hands on' activities, community displays, and entertainment.

Now celebrating its 29th year, the Children’s Festival is Frederick’s premier event for young children.  Festival sponsors include Child Care Choices, a program of the Mental Health Association, the Local Management Board’s Interagency Early Childhood Committee, and the City of Frederick.  In addition, many area businesses and organizations support the endeavor.

Each year, local agencies and programs set up booths that engage children in hands-on activities and provide parents with the opportunity to talk to staff and learn more about the services available to families in Frederick County.  This year, an estimated 65 booths will serve thousands of parents and children.  Young participants can enjoy live entertainment and activities that spark their imaginations, their sensory and motor skills, as well as basic math, science, and literacy skills.

Popular activities at past Festivals include sensory tables, planting seeds, pony rides, puppet making, and running obstacle courses.  “I had fun playing with all the bubbles and running in the big maze,” Avery Pierre, 5, said. The 2018 Festival will offer favorites again as well as some new surprises. 

The Festival also offers the opportunity for children to learn about safety with police and fire department participation.  Provided throughout the day is entertainment ‘for kids, by kids’ through music, dance, martial arts, and gymnastic performances.  “I used to like coming to the Festival when I was little and now my band plays as part of the entertainment in the band shell,” Piper Berkey, 13, stated.  

This year’s Festival will highlight Ready Rosie, a simple, easy to use tool that models how to have meaningful interactions with children in everyday situations. Ready Rosie uses the power of video modeling and mobile technology through a free online resource to send weekly activities that parents and caregivers can do with children ages birth to five, available in English and Spanish. The goal of Ready Rosie is to equip and inspire families with young children and ready them for a lifetime of positive home and school connections. Frederick County Interagency Early Childhood Committee (IECC), a subcommittee of the Office of Children and Families, is sponsoring this program through a United Way Grant, Head Start and private donations. Ready Rosie is now available to all Frederick County families at no cost. Child Care Center Staff, Family Providers and any early childhood provider can sign up the children in their care. Additionally, providers will have access to all the Ready Rosie Teacher Resources. To find out more or to register for this resource visit the website

You will find the Festival activities at and surrounding Baker Park’s Bandshell if the sun is shining, and in the Talley Recreation Center if it rains.  Food vendors will be available, or families can bring a picnic lunch.  For more information about the Children’s Festival, please call Child Care Choices at 301-662-4549, visit or like the Children’s Festival page on Facebook!