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    Fall Carnival Tips for New Families

    Fall Carnival, our school’s community biggest event, can be a little intimidating for students new to Whittier — especially kindergarteners. It’s important to be prepared, so here is some useful information.

    The Crowd
    The Fall Carnival is a huge draw. There will be lines at the more popular attractions and at the food trucks.  Many Fall Carnival-goers impress with their elaborate costumes. On rare occasions, your little ones may find a costume scary.

    Tickets are required for playing carnival games and activities, as well as buying items from the Popcorn & Candy Counter and the ever-popular Light Up Store. Tickets are sold in the school lobby before and after school Monday through Friday during the week leading up to the carnival. We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance to avoid lines the night-of of the carnival.

    The gym, cafeteria, and virtually every first floor hallway will be filled with games and activities. The carnival games are intended for a large array of age groups—carnival games in the 1st and 2nd grade hallway are generally more age-appropriate for our younger guests, but several games in the gym are also suitable for all ages.     

    Hogwarts Experience
    The Fall Carnival team is excited to introduce the inaugural Hogwarts Experience on Whittier’s stage this year, featuring a scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This is an interactive “room experience” (not a typical play)—participants are on the stage observing the actors. The entry and exit to the stage are located in the kindergarten hallway on the first floor. While we aim to move guests through this event as quickly (and safely!) as possible, be prepared for a line. The Hogwarts Express Trolley will be stationed near Room 201 with a selection of themed items for sale (payment in tickets accepted!).

    We do not expect this event to frighten young children as the Haunted House may have in the past. However, some children may be surprised by the use of light and sound, and there will be a brief moment at the end of the scene featuring He Who Must Not Be Named.     

    Snacks, candy, and food trucks will be available for you and your family. This year’s food truck vendors include Dante's Inferno Dogs (credit card and cash), Veraci Pizza (credit card and cash), Rancho Bravo (credit card and cash), and Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream (cash only). Food trucks will begin serving food at 5:00pmthis year, will remain onsite throughout the event, and do not accept tickets as payment (bring your credit card and/or cash). Please note that the school and carnival games open at 6:00pm.

    You will receive requests to volunteer at the Fall Carnival. The event’s success depends largely on the help of volunteers. We encourage everyone to volunteer for at least a short while, but parents with younger children might want to consider helping out before or after the event. During the event, you might need to hold that little hand and help your child play the games. 

    Have Fun!
    We hope you enjoy our renowned Fall Carnival!