Thursday, January 3, 2013

Block Fest - A Mom's Review

I was unable to attend Blockfest 2012, but a mommy friend of mine offered to share her experience! Kari Hatley is a stay-at-home mommy who is also going to school to be a Special Education Teacher. She has a 3 1/2-year-old and a 4 1/2-year-old and is a great resource for me as her children are so close in age, much like mine.

By Kari Hatley


Block Fest is best for ages 6 and under, and they were very prepared for toddlers running around and even told us at the beginning that they may end up wandering around checking out all the block stations on their own.  

We were given a worksheet with questions to ask our kids about their interactions with the blocks, and there was a facilitator at each station sharing encouraging words and playing with the kids as well.

The little ones seemed to have plenty of time in each station, but not too long. The kids closer to 6 would have loved additional time at each station. Also, I wish there was more space between each station because the whole atmosphere is a little overwhelming. It was easy to get distracted with the stations you had not yet visited.

Block Fest was an awesome event, and it was free through Project Enlightenment!!!  We will be back again next year.

Also, we heard about their playground and got there a little early to check it out. We could have played much longer and will go back. It is made especially for Pre-K aged kids. They have mini playground equipment, and the area is totally fenced in. The only downside is that they have classes during the school day so weekend/evenings are the best time to explore.  It is a must if you have little ones!

501 S. Boylan Avenue 

Raleigh, NC 27603

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I am a BLOCK Fest Certified Trainer from Boise, ID and I am so happy you had a great experience. Please find us on Facebook and share your experience if you feel comfortable. Our website is
    Thanks again for sharing your experience. BLOCK Fest is a wonderful program for children of all ages!