Kaleidoscope offers thrills for hundreds of kids

MARQUETTE – Between 1,500 and 1,800 kids and parents gathered at the Superior Dome Saturday for the Kaleidoscope 2013, a kids educational fun fair.

“(The fair is) geared for kindergartners through sixth-grade kids,” said Carl Bammert, associate director of facilities in the Northern michigan University Athletic Department. “(We have) a lot of activities for them to do – from kite-making, to arts and crafts, to science experiments, so it’s a fun day for them.”

The fair – organized by NMU, Q107-WMQT, Community Coordinated Child Care and The Mining Journal – featured booths operated by 42 youth groups and organizations, according to Bammert.

Booths included a pendulum swing set up by the NMU Physics Club, fun with a parachute by Alger Marquette Community Action Board Head Start, a miniature luge hill by the Upper Peninsula Luge Club, a Marquette City Fire Department truck and several martial arts and dance demonstrations.

“Some of the most popular ones we have here are the NMU Physics Club,” Bammert said. “They have the pendulum hanging from the center of the dome, and the kids like to ride that.

“Another one is the Seaborg Center … has a portable planetarium, so the kids can go inside of it and see the stars inside the dome.”

“I really like the swing,” said 10-year-old Elise Wilcox, who attended the fair with her mother and little brother. “It’s been my favorite thing here for a long time.”

While last year’s Kaleidoscope was canceled due to inclement weather, the event was back and as popular as ever.

“We’ve had three years that were canceled due to snow … like last year, but this is our 21st year offering it,” Bammert said.”

Zach Jay can be reached at 228-200, ext. 243. His email address is photos@miningjournal.net