Woolaroc Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Kidsfest!

For a lot of people, summer in Oklahoma officially begins with KIDSFEST at Woolaroc!

By: Bob Fraser | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2015

Get your summer fun started at Woolaroc’s KIDFEST.

Get your summer fun started at Woolaroc’s KIDFEST.

This year’s weekend festival is extra special as Woolaroc celebrates the 25th anniversary of this wonderful event.   The dates are June 27th and 28th  and it promises to be the  best ever according to Woolaroc staff.  The main campus of Woolaroc will be covered with children’s games, arts & crafts, huge inflatables, pony rides, train rides, jugglers, magicians, good food,  face painting, treasure digs and more!  It is old-fashioned fun the way the summer should be…..and there is something fun for kids of all ages (including Grandma and Grandpa!).
Woolaroc’s founder, oil man Frank Phillips, had a soft spot in his heart for children.  Each year in Bartlesville, he brought the circus to town and he hosted Christmas parties for the kids each year.   “Without a doubt, Kidsfest at Woolaroc would meet with his approval, as there was nothing he enjoyed more than throwing a party, showing off his beloved Woolaroc and hearing the laughter of children,” said Woolaroc CEO Bob Fraser.

Paula Blackwell, Events Coordinator for Woolaroc, said, “Parents who came to Kidsfest years ago as children are now bringing their kids so the tradition continues. We are blessed at Woolaroc with a staff that loves putting this on each year, plus we have a large group of volunteers who give of their time so that the children can enjoy this very special weekend.”

 “Once again, the main campus of Woolaroc will transform into a magical children’s wonderland,” said Fraser.  “25 years ago, the staff at Woolaroc wanted to do something special for the children and consistent with our mission.  Ever since then,  Kidsfest has been a special part of summer for kids in Oklahoma, Kansas and beyond….while much of it remains the same, we are always making some changes and improvements to make sure that each year there is something new and special for the kids to enjoy!”    

While the grounds are covered with children and games, the rest of Woolaroc is open to the public, including the Museum and the historic Lodge home.   A visit to Kidsfest will give a lot of people their first chance to tour and see the new renovations that have taken place in the museum and to visit the Woolaroc Gift Shop and see some of the new Woolaroc brand food items that are guaranteed to please (salsas, jams, coffee, pickles and more).

Admission to Woolaroc is $10 for adults, $8 for 65+ and Children 11 and under and Members of Woolaroc are admitted for FREE!.   There is no additional charge for Kidsfest weekend.   Hours for Kidsfest are 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday.   

Woolaroc, a national treasure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located 12 miles SW of Bartlesville and 45 miles NW of Tulsa on State Highway 123.

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