Family fun at Kids Carnival in NB

Families found great bonding time, complete with balloon hats, at the Sept. 21 Kids Carnival at Central Park in North Branch. Peyton Alcock, 3, of Stacy, shows she can multi task on the balance beam with help from Miss Amber of Flyaways North Gymnastics, North Branch. Boys can learn gymnastics, too, as proven here by 4-year-old Peyton Minick of North Branch. Kids find daylight after climbing through this inflatable obstacle course. The bouncy slide was a popular activity at the carnival. What's a Living Branch Kids Carnival without a dunk tank? Good thing for this young man that the weather cooperated. This woman's T-shirt reveals the message of the day. Facepainting was a hit at the Kids Carnival in North Branch's Central Park. Skylar Cole, 10, of North Branch, receives a violin lesson from Pierre Jacques Pleau, local music instructor and artistic director of the North Star Theater Company in North Branch. This youngster tries on the gear of a North Branch firefighter at the Kids’ Carnival. Also participating at the event were the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, Lakes Region EMS and North Branch Police. Renee Reed-Baskin-Pautsch welcomes a group of girls for one last horse and buggy ride before the Kids’ Carnival came to a close Saturday afternoon. She works as barn manager and horse trainer for Changing Gaits, Inc., a program offering equine-assisted therapy services and the state’s only faith-based sober home that uses horses out of Brook Park, Minn.
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Renee Reed-Baskin-Pautsch welcomes a group of girls for one last horse and buggy ride before the Kids’ Carnival came to a close Saturday afternoon. She works as barn manager and horse trainer for Changing Gaits, Inc., a program offering equine-assisted therapy services and the state’s only faith-based sober home that uses horses out of Brook Park, Minn.

Kids and families experienced good bonding time and lots of fun at a free carnival planned just for them Saturday, Sept. 21 at Central Park in North Branch.

It was Living Branch Lutheran’s 15th annual Kids’ Carnival, complete with horse and buggy rides, dunk tank, inflatable play areas, face painting and crazy hairstyles, Pizza Hut pizza, music and a plethora of games and activities under sunny blue skies. Some families walked away with nice prizes from drawings held throughout the event.

In addition to thanking many local businesses for sponsoring the carnival, Living Branch Lutheran Church, 6486 Elm St., encouraged folks to learn more about its Wednesday night family activities at www.LivingBranch.org.

 — Photos in slideshow above were taken by Jon Tatting