Family Zone provides kid-friendly area during Oktoberfest

Families could gather to watch the Maple Leaf Parade Saturday at the 8th annual Family Zone on the west side of Copeland Avenue.

Bleacher seating for the parade opened at 7:30 a.m., where an alcohol-free and smoke-free area was provided to families by The Boy Scouts of America.

Sean Henneman, a scout executive with the Boy Scouts of America, said about 1,000 kids came to the free event.

They could take part in activities like climbing on a rope bridge, taking aim at an indoor BB gun range, face painting and Gaga Ball.

“[There is] plenty of room for the kids to play before the parade and after the parade. You know, it’s not just the parade; it’s a day of festivities. So, we provide a lot of fun activities throughout the day,” said Henneman.

Free T-shirts were given to kids on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis.

This is the second year the event has been held by the Boy Scouts of America.