Tulsa, OK., April 12, 2011 – Thanks to the generous support of Williams and The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, the 2011 Mayfest KidZone will be larger than ever when the festival opens its gates May 19 – 22.


“We are so excited to be able to add new hands-on attractions to this area that will make it more fun than ever for children of all ages,” said Mary Jo Sartain, Festival Chair.


New this year will be a Fossil Dig Site, presented by the Tulsa Geosciences Center, where young explorers can dig into Mayfest fun in search of genuine fossils.  Heather Pingry, Executive Director of Tulsa International Mayfest, calls the partnership with the Geosciences Center “a little different and unorthodox,” but explains “that is exactly what makes it a fun and perfect addition!”  According to Pingry, one of the aspects of the new activity is that every child who participates will be allowed to take home their favorite find.


The Tulsa Children’s Museum will once again bring their Family Music Festival to KidZone on Saturday, May 21 that will feature Recess Monkey, Sugar Free Allstars and Brady Rymer, among others.  New for this year, the Tulsa Children’s Museum will provide intermission entertainment between bands.  Volt, the Tulsa Shock’s mascot, will be around for the excitement, as the area fills with the fun of juggling, dancing and more!  Also on Saturday, May 21 The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis will be bringing their Bear Clinic from 11am-2pm. 


For a full schedule of bands and activities at this year’s KidZone, visit the Mayfest website at www.tulsamayfest.org.


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Tulsa International Mayfest is a family friendly outdoor tribute to the arts and music created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual art lovers.  More than 350,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event on May 19-22, 2011.  For more information, visit www.tulsamayfest.org. 


Sponsors include MidFirst Bank, Williams, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, Metropolitan Real Estate Investors, LLC, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Corona Extra, T.D. Williamson, Waste Management, Luzianne Iced Tea, Jim Glover Chevrolet, Southern Journeys, SCFM Compression Systems, Inc., Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, The Gelvin Foundation, Hyatt Regency and GuRuStu Group.