For the fourth year, Dallas County Toddler Fest took to the Dallas County Fairgrounds, bringing families with small children together for activities for the children and education for the adults.


The free event, had booths, information and activities from Blank Park Zoo, Iowa Public Television, Amerihealth, and many more. There was also a balloon artist, face painting, face tattoos, appearances by superheroes, princesses and a petting zoo with small farm animals.


“There hardly anything for kids under the age of 5, like a nice organized activity that’s short, and it’s specifically for that age group,” said Debra Schrader, executive director of 4RKids. “You know, whether it’s sitting down, reading a book, whether it’s making a small craft, things that are developmentally appropriate for kids that are under the age of 5, there jsut isn’t much, or isn’t anything and I think that’s why we get a lot of people too.”


The event also aims to raise awareness for the services that are out there for parents of children that age, and for the children.


Along with the activities and information, every kid that attended Toddler Fest received a free book.


“The books value at up to $15 apiece,” Schrader said. “So that’s a pretty big perk.”


Along with 4RKids, all the libraries in Dallas County work together to put the event on each year, and they also got some backing from the Dallas County Board of Supervisors.