HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Bounce Fest will be back by popular demand Saturday in Hannibal.
Called Bounce Fest II, two bounce obstacle courses, two bounce houses with slides, two regular bounce houses and a tiki bounce house with slides will be set up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, 301 Warren Barrett Drive.
The first Bounce Fest in mid-January attracted more than 350 children, so the organizer wanted to hold a second one.
"We had a great turnout that first time, and we had a lot of parents asking us to do it again," said Andrew Romano, owner of Mr. Wizard's Bouncing Castles, who came up with the idea for Bounce Fest. "Winter is a tough time for kids, and we wanted to find a way to get them active. (The first Bounce Fest) was a great way to get the kids out of the house and burn off some energy."
New this time is a dedicated kids corner for children who are too small for the bigger bounce houses. A raffle also will be held. Prizes are two $25 Mark Twain Dinette gift cards; 50 percent off a bounce house rental from Mr. Wizard's Bouncing Castles; two dozen cupcakes from the Kupcakes Bakery; and a $400 birthday package that includes Kupcakes Bakery cupcakes and birthday cake, Maid-Rites and root beer from Mark Twain Dinette, and $150 off a bounce house rental from Mr. Wizard's.
Mobile Entertainer will provide music at Bounce Fest. Mark Twain Dinette will sell food and beverages, and the Kupcakes Bakery will sell desserts.
The cost is $5 a person, and each paid admission will count as one entry for the raffle.
The January Bounce Fest will be an annual event, Romano said, and if Bounce Fest II is popular, it might become annual, too.
"We at the Parks and Recreation Department are thrilled that he is offering such fun events for Hannibal children, and we're glad that we have the facility for such," said Mary Lynne Richards, Parks and Recreation marketing director and recreation supervisor.