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Playhouse presents BuildFest

Article Published: Apr. 3 | Modified: Apr. 13
Playhouse presents BuildFest

Claire Bowling examines a bug under a microscope at a past science workshop at The Children’s Playhouse.

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The Children’s Playhouse presents Playhouse BuildFest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at Parkway School.

This free event is part of the 2014 North Carolina Science Festival.

A free event for kids ages 2 to 12, BuildFest will be a daylong celebration of creativity and problem-solving, offering more than 25 hands-on STEM and art activities and engaging demonstrations. There will be all-ages activities, as well as activities specifically designed for preschool, grades K-3 and grades 4-6.

“STEM is a hot buzzword, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” Playhouse executive director Kathy Parham said, “but really, this fest will have a head of STEAM, because we’ll incorporate theater and visual Arts, as well.”

And that all translates to a lot of fun and learning for the inventors of the future, she said.
Activities will be provided by Appalachian State University, Watauga High School Robotics Club and Mountain Alliance, The Children’s Playhouse, High Country Girl Scouts-Peaks to Piedmont, Boy Scouts, Watauga County 4-H, Mary’s Montessori School and other community groups.

“There will be things everyone can enjoy, such as the Lego robots and the pinewood derby track, along with activities specifically designed for preschoolers, grades K-3 and grades 4-6,” Parham said. “I think every kid is going to find something to entrance them, whether it’s using catapults or building forts or learning about solar energy from the ASU Solar Decathlon team.”

Admission will be free at the event, but families making a day of it may want to purchase lunch at the festival, Parham said, noting that pizza, fruit and water will be available.

The presenting sponsor is the orthodontists and pediatric dentists Drs. Mayhew, Scheffler, Conn & Hardaway. Major sponsors are Appalachian Regional Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, the Children’s Council of Watauga County and Earth Fare of Boone. Contributing sponsors are Bluebird Exchange and Boone Drug, with additional support from Sarah B. Long Real Estate of Keller Williams Realty and the Blue Mountain Center for Integrative Health. The event supports The Children’s Playhouse, the High Country’s only nonprofit children’s museum.

Parkway School is located at 160 Parkway School Drive in Boone. For more information about Playhouse BuildFest, visit, or call (828) 263-0011. The Children’s Playhouse is located at 400 Tracy Circle near downtown Boone.

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