Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Pumpkin Festival Boasts Record Weekend

Anthony, age 10 and Samantha Karjati, age 8Chairs of games:  Heather Chen and Jennifer KennedyChairs of Prizes:  Kathryn Olaiz and Catherine SandersCircle of Friends board:  Liz Seitz, Laura Repstad, Maria Campagna, Tricia Nurur and Julie SomaCircle of Friends board members:  Julie Byrne and Lisa CloudCraft chairs:  Michelle Hughes and Majella Lue-SueCrafts!Event co-chairs:  Emily Viola, President of the Circle of Friends Laura Thompson and Event Co-Chair Shannon McGuireFantasstick Patrick was one of the several local talents who performed live entertainment over the weekend.Hattie GetzschmanMalia Andrew and Kai TaylorMore crafts!Pony-ridingPrizes included awesome Halloween costumesPumpkin committee chairs:  Monica Schmid, Jacquiline Zimmerman and Melissa PetarraRegina Li, age 5 and Serna Li, age 3Snack Shop Chairs:  Shawna Martin and Jennifer Enrico


12:19 pm | October 7, 2013

Costumed children, a sunny pumpkin patch, pony rides and the spooky sounds of the South Pasadena Strings Orchestra officially ushered in fall at the 19th Annual Pumpkin Kidspace Children’s Museum Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6.

Sponsored by the Circle of Friends, the festive weekend hosted more than 22,000 visitors at Pasadena’s Brookside Park and grossed a record breaking $115,500 for the museum’s operating budget.

“Being a part of the most successful Pumpkin Festival in our history has been just amazing,” said Circle of Friends President Laura Thompson. “Knowing that the Circle of Friends is able to produce a fun and festive event for the community and help to contribute to Kidspace at the same time is a great feeling. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers and each of them worked to make Pumpkin Festival happen. I couldn’t be happier or more grateful to be working with such an outstanding group of women.

Additionally, the Circle set records for their Very Important Pumpkin program which provides sponsorships for children who would not normally be able to attend the festival. This year, a record number of 415 children were able to celebrate the season with their families. “Our VIP program is what it’s all about and it’s our mission to provide that experience,” said Thompson of the program that works with organizations such as Hillside Family, Urban Compass and Mother’s Club.

Local leaders Shannon McGuire, San Marino, and Emily Viola, La Canada, co-chaired the record breaking event and along with Thompson led 100 Circle members and 500 high school volunteers in the planning, staffing and executing of the 19th Annual Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Pumpkin Festival.

Over the course of the weekend, cheery families enjoyed a petting zoo, played carnival games, explored a variety of bouncers and obstacle courses and created seasonal crafts while noshing on fare from local favorites In-N-Out Burger, Robin’s BBQ, Teri & Yaki and Choctal Ice Cream. A new stage layout and stellar musical performances from family favorites like The Hollow Trees, Egg, Earthworm Ensemble, The South Pasadena Sting Orchestra and Th3 Trips added to the festive atmosphere.

The Circle of Friends is a group of women dedicated to supporting, via funds and volunteer hours, the operations of Kidspace Children’s Museum.