Wonderfest to Partner with 2013 Kids Run Event

Christine Osborne, owner of Wonder Works in Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley, downtown Charleston and on Kiawah Island, S.C., announced that the company’s annual free kid’s festival, Wonderfest, has combined efforts with the renowned Cooper River Bridge Run to create the largest children’s event in the Lowcountry.

Set for Hampton Park on Friday, April 5, 2013, the day before the Cooper River Bridge Run, the 2013 Kids Run & Wonderfest is expected to draw thousands of children and families from across the Lowcountry and beyond for a day of exercise, games, toys and activities to raise money for four local children’s charities: Hugs for Harper, Happy Wheels, Abby’s Friends and Keys for Hope.

“There are no words to describe how excited the Wonder Works team is for this amazing event partnership!  We are anticipating the biggest  and most magical kid’s event in Charleston and beyond,” said Osborne.  “We are tremendously grateful for the amazing support the Kids Run will provide for the charities Wonderfest supports.  This event will be memorable for all parties involved.”

Wonder Works hosted its first ever Wonderfest in 2011 as a summer kick-off celebration. The event drew more than 4,000 parents and children in 2012.  Held behind the Wonder Works’ West Ashley location in the St. Andrews Shopping Center, Wonderfest provided a full day of free fun for families to enjoy.  Wonderfest celebrates the talent of children in the Lowcountry while supporting ‘kids for a cause’ – children who have created charities to raise money for causes they are passionate about.

The addition of Wonderfest will bring a multitude of new activities to the Kids Run, including child entrepreneurs displaying their products, children entertainers and musical acts, top national toy manufacturers displaying the summer’s hottest toys, a Wonder Works’ toy play zone with the store’s most popular toys, games and gadgets, and a free toy for every child in attendance.

The Kids Run will maintain all of its existing kid-friendly activities, including face painting, mask making, a jump castle and slide, mad science, caricatures, rec ground games, a petting zoo, pony rides, food vendors, singing and will, of course, end the day with the Kids’ Race around the park.

Julian Smith, executive director of the Cooper River Bridge Run said, “When I attended Wonderfest last month I knew instantly it was a perfect fit for the Kids Run.”  He added, “The event placed a shining spotlight on so many children in this community engaged as entrepreneurs, entertainers and philanthropists.  It was inspiring.  We’re thrilled to have Wonder Works and Wonderfest officially join the Cooper River Bridge Run festivities.”