Each school's club created a carnival game for kids. Volunteers charged admissions tickets for playing and gave out prize tickets for winning the game. The young participants were then able to exchange earned tickets for various prizes.
Mesa's game booth was based on "The Cat in the Hat", by Dr. Seuss, and consisted of throwing a plush cat into a hat to earn tickets.
Mesa's group of volunteers was larger than needed, so the day was divided into one-hour shifts for running the booth. Costa Mesa's game booth was seen as a success by many volunteers. "My shift was great! We gave out all our tickets," said Mesa volunteer Emily Ly. The prize ticket supply had to be replenished multiple times throughout the day.
The proceeds from the carnival will go toward free vision screenings for children. According to Kiwanis member Jeff Dimsdale, vision screenings cost three dollars and can prevent a child from developing vision problems that may impair reading ability.
Other activities at the OCC Children's Book Festival included a free petting zoo, a bounce house, train rides, various booths advertising children's books and educational programs, arts and crafts, and a main stage with musical performers and dancers.
Photos by Quan Nguyen