Active Games

We have doubled the game area!  Come back again and again and have some fun.

  • Play a quick game in the Gaga Pits.
  • The Boy Scouts are back with Human Fooseball.
  • Play on the inflatables.
  • Try your skill at the 9 Square.

Play once, twice, or more! For the younger kids there will be plenty of Legos to play with and sand and water tables.

First…Come to the Game Kiosk and get a list of all the games at the FEST.

If you will be with a group and want to play a particular game at a specific time…pick up a FAST PASS!

This year —double the games…new and old!

  • Bring your friends to play Corn Hole
  • Grab a hard hat to play Jenga
  • Play Kubb, a combination of horseshoes and bowling.
  • Try your hand at Spike Ball, an incredibly fun volleyball/foursquare-like game that is fast becoming one of the most popular sports in America
  • Bolo or HillBillie Golf, an easy, quick game for all ages
  • Team skis, a great way to ski in the summer! How well can you team up with others and “ski” on the grass?  This game is a challenge, but lots of fun!

Limited Edition FEST Bag

From our friends at Marc’s, CHILDREN are welcome to get one of these wonderful bags!

They don’t cost anything, and you will have fun earning yours! Just pick up your bracelet (pipe cleaner). As you do a game/craft/activity receive a bead. When you have 10 and bring it back to claim your bag!  Quantity is limited.

Generations of Stamps

Do you still send correspondence via the United Postal Service, or as we call it “Snail Mail”?

How much does it cost to mail a letter today?  Come and visit this tent and use some of our cancelled stamps to make a vintage bookmark.  We have stamps from various countries and all different denominations.  See how stamps have gone from a penny to more!  Take this bookmark home with you,  or make it for someone special.

Do you have old stamps laying around the house you would like to get rid of? Call the FEST Office, 440-943-7662 and we will use them for this craft.

Memory Lane of Games

You’ve heard about these games from your Mom, Dad, or grandparents.

Stroll down our Memory Lane of Games.  You can play the “old” games like Jacks, Marbles, Pick up Sticks and many more!!  Step inside for a blast of the past.  See how many you remember or better yet, bring a grandparent for insight into how much fun these were!

Plants for all Generations

Paint a Peet Pot…say a prayer…watch God’s love grow.

Plants are considered a critical resource because of the many ways they support life on Earth. They release oxygen into the atmosphere, absorb carbon dioxide, provide habitat and food for wildlife and humans, and regulate the water cycle. Because of the many ways plants help the environment, their importance should not be forgotten. Along with all the benefits of plants, don’t ever underestimate the power of prayer.

Change your art, Change your life!

We are pleased to have Ken and Barbie from Bella Passage presenting their special spiral art for the first time at the FEST!

They will have special bible quotes for you to add a blast of color with bright colored paints.  You will be able to bring God’s word to a special place in your home.

Check out their website for larger canvas that you can order bellapassage.com

Generation to Generation of Crafts

The Diocesan Girls’ Religious Programs has been sponsoring a tent since the very first FEST.

Be sure to stop by and share in these faith-filled crafts!

Let God’s Sun Shine on everything you do.
While God’s sun is shining on you, be sure you don’t get too much sunshine in your eyes!  Make a visor and wear it all day.  If you see someone of another generation who needs it more, be sure to share!

Always carry a prayer with you.Make a bracelet to wear. Add a small medal of Mary, Jesus or a special Saint. Why pray to Saints? When we run into trouble in our lives, we frequently ask friends or family members to pray for us. We ask them for their prayers even though we’re praying, too, because we believe in the power of prayer. We know that God hears their prayers as well as ours, and we want as many voices as possible asking Him to help us in our time of need.

The cross—a symbol of our faith for generations.  hthe cross is a symbol for Jesus’ sacrifice and suffering, but also a symbol of hope, forgiveness of sins, and victory over death. Make a cross to remember Jesus’ sacrifice.  How will you decorate yours?

Thank You for Jesus, who died for us so that we can go to heaven one day just for believing in Him. What an amazing God You are! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The Blessed Virgin has been the light of our faith for generations.Make a Marian pin. Add a small Marian Medal, a testimony to faith and the power of trusting prayer. Its greatest miracles are those of patience, forgiveness, repentance, and faith. Remember to pray to the Blessed Virgin. Place the pin anywhere you will see each day such as on a purse, backpack, etc.

Remember our military.Stop by and sign a Christmas Card to send to our men and women serving our country both at home and overseas.  Be sure to take a few minutes to sign a card. We always receive such positive feedback from those who receive them.

Take Time to Pray the Rosary.Are you busy during the day?  Why not begin with a decade a day!  What a perfect way to begin to integrate the rosary into your life. You can pray the Rosary throughout the day and do one Decade at a time when you are able to.  You could start a decade while going to work, school, when you have a break, before bed, whenever you have a minute.   Why not include the entire family, as we all know that “A Family that prays together, stays together.”  We have 10 bead rosaries hand made by the Diocesan Committee Members for you to take one for yourself and take another 10 bead rosary kit for you to make for a family member or friend.

“The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom—a surefire way to accomplish more for the glory of God.”

Heirloom Recipes

Heirloom recipes are the treasures of the kitchen.

If you are lucky enough, you have your grandmother’s recipe box full of stained cards with annotations. Or perhaps you’ve written them down yourself with your own notes.

Please take a few of our “Generations” recipe cards. Contact your grandparents, aunts, etc. and write down that special recipe. Why not even ask if you can make a treasured family recipe with him/her so you can recall their technique or ask questions about why they do things a certain way.

If you would like, please send louise@thefest.us a copy of your favorite recipe. We will put them all together for FEST 2020!

Save the Planet for Generations to Come

Make a Suncatcher

Over 30,000,000 bottles per day end up in landfills or the ocean.  Only 5% of plastic water bottles are recycled in the United States.  Bottled water costs 10,000 times more than tap water in the U.S. more by volume than gasoline or soda.  Total cases sold in the U.S. 2.6 billion or $50 billion globally.  Help recycle some water bottles by making sun catchers!  Make one for your back yard, room or patio.  Take one home and teach others to help recycle.

Take 5

Children need a time to pray, too.

Back by popular demand is our Take 5 minutes each hour for Children to pray. Stop in the Kids Entertainment Tent on the half hour and learn a prayer…some you may know, some you may not.

Each prayer will be given out as a prayer card so you can take home with you! Come every half hour and you will have 7 prayers for your child to have and pray!
Come and pray every quarter hour, 12:15, 1:15, etc.

Spanish Village

Dios está con nosotros en cada persona

We will once again have a Spanish Area with our Spanish speaking friends!  Come and make a Sand and Sawdust piece of art with our friends at Sagrada Familia. Try it yourself! Pick up a Spanish prayer card.

God can take the nothing that you have and turn it into something wonderful! He’s done it before and he can do it with you!
Have some fun with our Spanish friends from St. Mary’s in Painesville and make something wonderful from nothing. Help us recycle old plastic water bottles with paint, glue and glitter and make a beautiful bottle! A wonderful project for you to keep or give to someone who has help you turn your life into something wonderful!

Generations Tree

You won’t be able to miss this GIANT tree!

Stop by and sign a leaf for yourself, your family or someone who has helped in your faith formation.  Be sure to add a shape on the bottom in memory of someone who you love who has passed away.

Click on this link for a special picture to color. Bring it to the Generations Tree and we will hang it there for all to see.

Petting Zoo

You’re never too old to feel the softness of God’s animals.

Back by popular demand is Beth West of Ponyland Pony Parties and her wonderful petting zoo with many more animals to see and explore.

Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles

Dr. U. R. Awesome in the Kids Area: 1:00-3:00 PM

We welcome back to the FEST Bubbleologist and 2x Guinness Book of World Record Holder, Dr. Awesome back again by popular demand! Enjoy his expertise as you see a wall of bubbles, millions of bubbles and gigantic bubbles! You won’t want to miss a minute of this! Continue throughout the day and be sure try your hand and creating some fantastic bubbles! From noon until 7:00pm there will be hands on bubbles to help your creativity grow.

For more great pictures from Dr. Awesome, visit www.DrURawesome.com.

Pray the Rosary

Hail Mary, Full of Grace…

We will be praying the rosary every hour on the hour. You are also welcome to come and pray the rosary any time in between on your own. The St. Justin Martyr rosary makers have been very busy making free rosaries to give away and will help you learn the rosary if you need to learn. All ages are welcome.

Family Blessing

Families that pray together can bring change.

In the Family Blessing tent, deacons from around the Cleveland Diocese will pray with you and for you. Sometimes the road can be uncertain for us or those we love. We trust in prayer.  After your blessing, ask a deacon to give you a special candle with cross and post it notes. The candles are recycled from the Easter Paschal candles and blessed. You are the light for all generations. Use these notes to tell others that you love them and that Jesus loves them in the good times and the bad. Jesus is our help for today, our hope for tomorrow.

The Brown Scapular

For over 700 years, the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel has been one of the most precious gifts and highly-indulgenced Sacramentals of our Church.

It is more than that, however; it is in reality a garment, given to us by Our Blessed Mother which makes us her special children. Blessing and clothing with the Scapular of the ‘Blessed Virgin of Mt. Carmel’ enrolls the individual in the Scapular Confraternity and admits him to a share in all the spiritual works performed by the Religious of Mount Carmel. Scapulars will be provided free of charge if you wish to take part in this special blessing. There is also information for children about the Brown Scapular.

Small Fry Area

Saving our Planet for Generations to Come

Reuse…Recycle
Come and play in our giant corn area. Have fun during the day. At the end of the day we will share the corn with the other animals that feed on it.

Be Environmentally Friendly
Every step to save the environment begins with us.
Try your hand at matching different ways to recycle with a purpose, save paper, conserve, save water, turn things off when not in use, etc. How many ways can you match?

Save Water
If you want to save money on your water bill, provide your plants with clean water, and teach kids to conserve natural resources then this rain barrel will be perfect for your home! A rain barrel is a way to catch and store rainwater as it flows from the roof. The water is then saved in the rain barrels and can be used for watering flowers, gardens and lawns all through the summer, even in times of drought. You can even wash your cars or windows with it!  Come find out how easy it is to have one of your very own.

The trees are God’s great alphabet: with them He writes in shining green across the world His thoughts serene.
Come into the forest. Draw on out 4’ chalk trees.  Pick up a “Generations” tree and write all the members of your family and don’t forget to add your friends.   Make a leaf fan. We have the leaves all ready for you to choose your favorite. Leaves and trees help keep you cool on a hot day. These leaves will help keep you cool in case the day is too hot.

Play Area
Come have some fun. Ride on the big wheels. Play with over 50 different size balls.