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Foo Foo Fest 2017: Kid-Friendly Foo Foo

By Stephanie Sharp

It might seem intimidating to push a stroller through the packed 12-day schedule for this year’s Foo Foo Fest, but fear not. We’ve got all the culture a kid could stand right in this list for you. Save your babysitter budget for a grown-ups-only night out.

SCIENCE ON THE STREET
What: Stroll down Palafox and get hands-on with the history of science. Each stop in Pensacola MESS Hall’s annual event will have an interactive discovery activity for kids, such as the physics of domes or magnification. Learn and play anytime, day or night, during the Foo Fest, as stations will be available throughout the Fest. MESS Hall is also hosting a Curiosity Day about fossils on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the museum (116 N. Tarragona St.)
When: November 2-11
Where: Downtown on S. Palafox (from Garden to Main Streets)
Cost: Free
Details: pensacolamesshall.org

CHILDREN’S ART FESTIVAL AT GGAF
What: Within the renowned Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival (GGAF) is a whole world of discovery for young artists and aspiring art lovers just south of Seville Square in Bartram Park. Kids will be able to create-and-take various crafts, get their faces painted, see kid-centric performances and more.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4-Sunday, Nov. 5
Where: Bartram Park, 211 Bayfront Parkway.
Cost: Free
Details: ggaf.org/page/childrens-arts-festival

GO BIG RED!
What: Enjoy this family-friendly musical performed by the Pyramid Players for a “delightfully cracked” twist on this classic tale. Come see what this talented troupe has in store for their annual performance. There will be a silent auction from 5-7 p.m. and curtain for the show is at 7 p.m.
When: 5-9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
Where: WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd.
Cost: $5 and $10
Details: pyramidinc.org

MONSTER MASH
What: This seasonal treat from Ballet Pensacola’s Children’s Performance Series is no trick. Designed for the little monsters in your family, Monster Mash is inspired by the classic monsters movies and music of the 1950s and 1960s, but don’t worry—it’s more fun than frightening. There will be a character meet and greet, with snacks, after each showing.
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3; 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4; 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
Where: Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St.
Cost: $13
Details: balletpensacola.com

BACK ON THE BLOCKS: YOUNG ARTIST CONTEST
What: As a part of the Back on the Blocks Festival, the Belmont Cultural Center will feature art showcasing the “Youth Experience” and honoring the heritage of the historic Belmont-Devillers neighborhood, specifically created by artists ages 12-18.
When: Saturday, Nov. 4
Where: Belmont Cultural Center, 401 N. Reus St.
Cost: Free
Details: backontheblocks.com