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KidFest '96 at Brandon TownCenter Mall

Hey moms and dads, here's a way to take your family to the mall and have fun without spending tons of money.

Brandon TownCenter Mall on Thursday and Friday will be home to KidFest '96, an event of interactive exhibits, contests, shows and more.

Among the featured attractions is the Parade of Playhomes, featuring child-size playhomes designed and built by bay area builders; the Culture Shop, presented by the Cultural Educators Council, which will provide arts and crafts and performing arts skits; and a dress-up area stocked with clothes, shoes, hats and jewelry that kids can try on and be photographed in. There also will be interactive play areas sponsored by Toys "R" Us, Celebration Station and Gymboree.

KidFest will also feature guests and characters from local attractions including Sam from the Channel 44 Kids Club, Dumphrey from Busch Gardens' Land of the Dragons and Fabian the Amphibian from Adventure Island.

There also will be a drawing for a gift package that includes a Brandon TownCenter shopping spree and tickets to bay area attractions and other goodies.

Brandon TownCenter is at State Road 60 and Interstate 75 in Brandon. Call 661-5100.