May 01, 2010 Looking for fun for you and your kids? Well, opportunities are right around the corner with the 500 Festival throughout the month of May. With nearly 50 events and programs, the 500 Festival allows for kids and their families to enjoy the excitement that leads up to the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the Indianapolis 500®!
The Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day provides engaging youth activities during the month of May by standing as the state's largest free outdoor festival for kids. On May 23, head to downtown Indianapolis and visit the 80 exhibitors or have fun with the mini-car racing, race-themed arts and crafts, face painting and entertainment by national acts.
Performing on the entertainment stage will be Radio Disney's "Move It!" dance troupe and the nationally acclaimed Rope Warrior. These entertainers will surely promote the 2010 Kids' Day theme, "Get Up & Move," by giving all kids the chance to groove to Miley Cyrus and "High School Musical" hits. The Rope Warrior will motivate kids to "Get Up & Move" through a new outlook to jump roping.
Aside from the numerous booths and entertainers, everyone in attendance will leave a winner as over 10,000 prizes will be given away throughout the day. But the best part of attending the fun-filled Kids' Day is…it's FREE!
Adding to the excitement on May 23 will be the Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run, located on adjacent streets where Kids' Day is located. Over 2,000 kids ages 3-12 will run loose onto the streets of Indianapolis as they participate in the Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run, a non-competitive fun-run where every participant runs away a winner. The Rookie Run complements the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the nation's largest half-marathon, and is a great way for kids to stay physically fit. All participants will wear the #1 bib while receiving an honorary medal and goodie bag upon finishing—just like the Mini-Marathon runners!
The American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day is another fun-filled day in May that gives kids the opportunity to visit the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway®. On May 26, families will be able to enter the Speedway and lap the 2.5-mile oval before moving onto the day's activities which include visiting Pit Lane, getting autographs from IZOD IndyCar Series drivers, tour suites where the official timing and scoring takes place and snap a picture in Victory Circle.
Throughout the month of May, add to the camaraderie in the Indianapolis area by joining the 500 Festival in their events and programs. For more information on the 500 Festival, visit www.500festival.com.