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CSRA Kids Jam Event returns to Riverview Park

Screams and laughter could be heard from the CSRA Kids Jam Event last weekend with activities ranging from bouncy houses to a petting zoo, and special appearances from princesses and superheroes. The event was hosted at Riverview Park by Brandy Mitchell with CSRA Kids.

Mitchell wanted to bring the community together and showcase a multitude of kid friendly activities and businesses around the CSRA.

“We just want to be here to celebrate the community,” Mitchell said. “It’s a good opportunity to get your kids out, and to do something fun.”

The event was open to the entire CSRA, with vendors from both South Carolina and Georgia.

Naomi Williams, a play advisor with Discovery Toys, attended the Saturday event sharing with parents and kids the business’s mission of “educational learn through play.”

“It’s teaching negotiation, sharing, communication, critical thinking, strategizing, pre-math, pre-language, and how to interact with others. Even if a child is unable to speak, being able to look at emotions and how to feel. So, there’s something for everyone,” Williams said.

Other businesses from around the CSRA were also in attendance at the event, such as AR Workshop in downtown North Augusta.

Jessica Boyd, owner of AR Workshop North Augusta, says that at the event, they had “make and takes”. The make and takes are small wooden blocks that event attendees stenciled a design on, painted and then took home.

Boyd says that this was their first time attending the CSRA Kids Jam event.

“It means a lot to us, being out there and meeting new people and letting them know that we’re available for kids’ events,” Boyd said.

Boyd was excited to let the community know about their upcoming holiday agenda and other kid-oriented events.

Outside, a petting zoo and a dwarf miniature pony were available for the kids to interact with.

Hope for Hooves Rescue, a North Augusta based nonprofit, wanted to get the word out about equine therapy.

“Anybody that goes out there has not left with something from it,” says Naomi Robinson, a volunteer with the organization.

Robinson brought Peanut, a 32-year-old dwarf miniature pony who used to be a circus horse, to Riverview Park.

“I think we’ve actually touched a few people today,” Robinson says. “We had one little boy who just did not want to leave (Peanut) alone. The smile on his face was the best.”

Robinson was happy to see families enjoy the animals outside. Wallace's Farm, located in Augusta, had a petting zoo pen with pigs, goats, cows, ducks and a turkey.

To learn more about CSRA Kids, visit their website CSRAkids.com.

Samantha Winn covers the city of North Augusta, with a focus on government and community oriented business. Follow her on Twitter: @samanthamwinn and on Facebook and Instagram: @swinnnews

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