Playhouse Build Fest

10-2, Saturday, April 11 at Parkway School (160 Parkway School Drive, Boone. Off of Old 421)

FREE Admission! Pizza and snacks for sale!

cardboard cityPresented by The Children’s Playhouse and the North Carolina Science Festival, Playhouse Build Fest will be held from 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, April 11 at Parkway School. There will be a special “soft open” from 9 am to 10 am for kids with special needs. This free celebration of problem solving and creativity will feature hands-on STEAM* activities for kids aged 2-12.  *STEAM= science, technology, engineering, art and math. There will be all ages activities as well as activities specifically designed for preschool, grades K-3, and grades 4-6. Last year's Build Fest was enjoyed by 1000 adults and kids and featured 30 activities and a live physics show. Click here to see a slideshow of last year's event. Click here to read our press release.

A True Community Effort

Many strands of the High Country come together to create Playhouse Build Fest. The Children's Playhouse will provide preschool activities with the help of individual volunteers, including many teen "graduates." Multiple Appalachian State University classes and clubs, including Appalachian Educators, Chemistry, Designer Craftsman, Gear-Up, Interior Design, Industrial Design Student Association, Math Education, and Physics and Astronomy provide many thought-provoking experiences. Watauga High School will be represented by the Robotics Club and Mountain Alliance. Other community groups participating will be the Appalachian District Health Department, the Children’s Playhouse, High Country Girl Scouts-Peaks to Piedmont , Lettuce Learn, Mary’s Montessori School, NC Cooperative Extension and Greening My Plate, and Watauga County Library. There will even be local toy inventors Richard Elaver of Joinks! and Noah Gordon of Box ‘n Balls. And one precocious youngster, Simon Elaver, son of Richard and Andrea Elaver, will host his own “insane domino trick” station. Click here if you'd like to volunteer.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors: Orthodontists and Pediatric Dentists Drs. Mayhew, Scheffler, Conn, Hardaway, and Copley. and The North Carolina Science Festival. Major sponsors include: High Country Home Builders; Mast General Store; Contributing sponsors: Bluebird Exchange, Blue Ridge Pediatrics, Sarah B. Long, Keller Williams High Country Realtor, and Boone Paint.

Build Fest Sponsorships (from $50-$500) are a wonderful way to promote your business and show your love of kids.  Click here to find out about sponsoring Build Fest.. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation

Can You Help Us Pull It Off? Volunteers Needed!

If you love Build Fest, please consider volunteering to make it a great day for everyone. We will need help getting ready next week and lots of help the day of the event facilitating activities and helping sell pizza and snacks, as well as the ever-popular set-up and clean-up.  You can volunteer for just a couple of hours or for all day! If you are already coming, why not pitch in?Sign-up here. 
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