The Badlands Community Facility was a busy place on Saturday afternoon, thanks in part to Drumheller Family Literacy's first-ever Silver and Gold Carnival in the Fieldhouse.

The event was organized by a Family Literacy volunteer name Cindy (who had previous carnival-planning experience) and Family Literacy Coordinator Louise Henrickson. The carnival featured 16 stations and included a coin toss, Writing on the Wall and Pin the Tail on the Dinosaur.

"We are doing a carnival, so the kids can come down and play, it's all about learning through play everyday," explained Henrickson. "That's the MO of children, that they have to play. So, to experience life and learn, it's a great way for them to have those experiences."

Out of all 16 games, one really stood out as a fan favourite.

"I think the hit is Throwing the Sponge at Mrs. Armstrong from the playschool," said Henrickson. "She's got her face out there and she screams very well every time someone hits her in the face, so I think that's the most popular."

The games were all by donation, and if you played them all, you got to go to a special prize area.

"Once they've visited all 16 stations, they get to come pick a prize, so we've got some pretty good prizes. And the books! You've got to have a book. They get to pick a book too, so it's been lots of fun."

Henrickson said around 60 children registered for the event, but even more showed up -- not including the adults.

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