fun in the block
There is a lot going on at the “Fest” fairground in Karlsruhe even before it opens. As soon as the trampolines and diving towers are set up, the children rush in. The pool is already occupied.
11-year-old Lillie needs patience. She is standing in line in front of the “Longhair Girl” trailer. Getting your hair braided is popular there. “We’ve been waiting for almost 30 minutes,” says father Nico Rastatter around 1:30 p.m.
The trailer is part of the children’s program at “Das Fest”. In addition: trampolines, slides, workshops and puzzles – there is much that children’s hearts desire.
Family comes to the “party” after the wedding
Rastatter has been at the Günther-Klotz-Anlage site with his wife and daughter for almost an hour. “This morning we were at a civil wedding,” he says.
After that, the family went straight to the “festival” and then to the children’s area. “We can also do something here as parents,” says Rastatter. For example, the family participated in a quiz together.
Helpers from the city’s youth committee build up
Next to it, Ralf Birkner from the city’s youth committee talks to his team. He coordinates the program at the Mobi fair. It is supposed to start at 3 p.m. But even before that, many children are out with their parents. Some throw themselves into the water pools, others stand by the board games.
Meanwhile, Birkner instructs his team: “You have the responsibility that nothing happens here.” After the short speech, he divides the helpers into stations. When everyone knows where they are going, the group splits up. Trampolines and the diving platform are set up.
Father stays in the shadows with his children in Karlsruhe
Father Sebastian Wonneberger sits next to him at the edge of the pool and puts his feet in. His daughter Clara splashes him with water.
“It’s really comfortable when it’s hot,” says the 43-year-old. Wonneberger takes every “Fest” day with him. From Thursday to Sunday he goes to the Karlsruhe Festival.
He protects his children from the heat by staying in the shade most of the time. He also put sunscreen on the little ones in the morning. Both children are also wearing hats – they need them too.
We’ll be picking up water bottles in a moment.
Sebastian Wonneberger, father
Because: Already around 1 p.m., the temperature on the festival site rises to 29 degrees. “We’ll be picking up water bottles in a minute,” Wonneberger says. His children like the marble best.
Puzzles are new at the Mobi fair
Several tents provide shade at the Mobi exhibition area. The helpers from the city’s youth committee have set up their stations downstairs.
We didn’t know the game before. But here was a guide.
A family of four plays a board game under a gazebo. Sebastian and Sophia move around the cylindrical wooden figures. Their parents stand behind them. “We didn’t know the game before. But there were instructions here,” says mother Sandra.
The game has only been available at the Mobi fairground this year. It is part of the new offer and requires the children’s tactical understanding. Organizers hope it will also help families stay longer. Players need more time than other offers to win.
Roaming and frolicking is not neglected. Soon after the trampolines and seesaw are in place, the children storm them. Many are queuing in front of the tower’s ladder.
Helper Lina is waiting below, her colleague is at the top. “I make sure the children jump down themselves,” says Lina. She knows the fairgrounds from her own childhood. Now she takes care of the next generation.