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Festival to offer many attractions aimed at kids

For young children at least, the Cherry Blossom Festival attractions at Central City Park have become something of a springtime state fair.

With kiddie rides, a tiger show and singing acts, an array of child-friendly offerings make the park a daily draw throughout the festival's run.

The big attraction, other than the rides, is the returning Tigers of India Bengal Tiger Family Show.

The free show runs three times daily and, according to festival a publicity blurb, provides spectators a chance "to witness the awe-inspiring beauty and playful antics of the endangered Bengal Tiger."

"Fun in the Park," as the events there are dubbed, lasts throughout the festival. The attractions open at 11 weekday mornings, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays and at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.

Other festival events that may be of interest to children and their families include:

"Fun in Flight," noon Saturday, Macon Downtown Airport, north of Interstate 16 off Ocmulgee East Industrial Boulevard. The event, according to festival organizers, includes tethered hot-air balloon rides and, at dusk, a balloon glow. Other attractions include a stunt-plane show and kite-flying demos. Cost: $5, children younger than 12 get in free.

Cherry Blossom Bed Race, 1 p.m. Saturday, Cherry Street, downtown Macon. Racers push beds up the street, trying to be the fastest, "funniest and most original," organizers note.

Cherry Blossom Parade, 3 p.m. Sunday, downtown Macon along Cherry and Mulberry streets. According to festival organizers, the parade will feature "colorful floats, military units, marching bands, costumed performers and celebrity grand marshals."

Events in Third Street Park, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., daily Monday through April 4. Concerts and free carriage rides — not to mention free soft drinks and ice cream.

Ongoing What: Cherry Blossom Festival activities for children Where: Various sites When: Throughout the festival Cost: Free unless otherwise noted Info: (478) 751-7429

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