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Youth Festival 2023

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Youth Festival—Our 34th!

Play Outside! is the spirit of Youth Fest!

Fun outside day for kids to include hikes, story walk, hands-on activities and partnered stations.
Happening at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, PA

This fun event features a variety of workshops, demonstrations, activities, exhibits, and entertainment throughout the day. Professional guest performers are always exciting, entertaining and fun!

Check out the flier with all the details HERE. 

Youth Fest is the best-kept FUN SECRET in Waynesboro! Free admission. [Rain site TBA]

A Full Day of FREE Fun & Activities!

The 2023 lineup of participants:
• First Start Partnership
• Waynesboro Area School District
• Blue Ridge Summit Library
• Eyler’s Pelts and Critters
• Waynesboro Area YMCA
• Waynesboro Ceramic Center
• Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue
• Alexander Hamilton Memorial Library
PLUS~ A guided StoryWalk® and Craft, led by The Institute

Featured Performer, 2 to 3 PM: Silly Goose & Val!

Ventriloquist, musician, composer, and performer Valerie Leonhart Smalkin was one of the writers, performers, and co-producers—as well as the head puppeteer—of the Emmy award-winning television program It’s Kindertime on Baltimore’s ABC affiliate WMAR-TV 2.

Val’s books and CDs for children have won numerous awards over many years. She recently stepped down as President of The Children’s Music Network made up of 400+ performers, teachers, librarians, music therapists, parents, and children from around the world who celebrate the positive power of music in the lives of children by sharing songs, exchanging ideas and creating community.

Plus~Waynesboro Children’s Theater Troupe performs Summer Selects, 4:00 to 4:45 PM

Underwriting support by lead sponsor, Patriot Federal Credit Union

Additional support is from The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Marge Kiersz; Alma W. Oyer; the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Washington Township.




May 21
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Institute
(717) 762-0373


Pine Hill Recreation Area
12684 Mentzer Gap Rd
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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