The Regatta’s Kids Zone, presented by Colcom Foundation, offers an array of frolicking and fun things for tykes...and parents too. With an assortment of activities—among them inflatables, face painting, petting zoo, caricatures—youngsters and their guardians can stroll away the time with a variety of amusing, sometimes educational and always entertaining exploits.
Introduced last year, the Zone also features a 25 x 25 inflatable misting tent that will operate open-to-close each day. With its comfortably cooling water jets, spectators are treated to a soft and soothing water spray as they walk beneath and through the tent’s gigantic frame. This year, Regatta will add to the soaking sensations with a series of “misting fans,” similar to those seen and used along professional football sidelines, expanding spectator cooling capacity even more.
Paint Your Piece...
Moving the Lives of Kids Mural Project
Leave your mark on a very special artistic creation...the “Moving the Lives of Kids” Mural Project, a 6-feet high, 100-feet long canvas will evolve at Regatta. The image, a water/Pittsburgh Rivers scene, will unfold through the painting efforts of kids at the event. The predetermined portrait will be divided into 2,400, 6” x 6” square tiles, numbered with their corresponding place on the canvass. Spectators will paint the tiles, with help of MLK art staff, who will then attach them one-by-one to complete the big picture while providing a ton of artsy-fartsy fun.
While in the zone, kids and parents will have plenty going on around them as well. Two of the festival’s most popular acts will perform adjacent to the area multiple times each day: the Marvelous Mutts Dock Dog show and the always “electrifying to little eyes” marvels of BMX stunt bikes. Kids Zone at Regatta...come in, cross over into the only only dimension here—fun!
Polar-izing Photo—with Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s “One Degree of Change” program, kids get age-appropriate information about the science of climate change, its effect on animals and ways to minimize the impact with small changes to everyday routines. The program provides themed games and activities, live animals to observe/pet and its lovable “polar bear” mascot.