Children's Festival starts

Britt hill goes to the younger set starting today as the 42nd annual Children's Festival gets under way in Jacksonville.

The festival hosts thousands of kids and adults annually at the Britt Gardens. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Admission is $2 per person.

The Storytelling Guild hosts the event, which includes dozens of booths and activities that include arts and crafts, puppet-making, face-painting and more. This year, a science booth will offer hands-on exploration of the wonders of bugs, featuring everything from ladybugs to tarantulas.

There also will be live entertainment for children, food from the Dragon Deli and lots of storytelling.

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