The grounds of the Community Center and the Middle School are set to become abuzz with glee and excitement Friday with the kickoff of the annual four-day Kiddo! Family Carnival.

The Carnival begins Friday at pm and wraps up at 5 p.m. Monday. With more than 15 rides, from the Berry-Go-Round and Tune Train for little ones to the Sizzler, Zipper, the Century Wheel and Typhoon – as well as the red Baron Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train for younger children – are being provided by Sacramento-based California Carnival Company

After an eight-year hiatus, the Carnival was revived in 2012 as part of the 30th anniversary party for Kiddo. The event has become the centerpiece of Memorial Day weekend..

Advance discounted $20 tickets are available in the Kiddo! office at the Mill Valley School District now through Thursday, 8:30am–3:30pm, and Friday, May 22, 8:30–1pm. Advance tickets will also be sold outside the Mill Valley Community Center on May 21, 2–5pm and May 22 8:30am–1pm. Tickets are $30 once the carnival begins. Tickets may be turned in for a one-day wrist band for unlimited rides. Food and games are extra.

On the fourth and final day of the Carnival, the Community Celebration features food from the likes of Donna’s Tamales, The Maine Catch, Tru Gourmet Dim Sum, Good Foods Catering, Suzi’s Chow Mein, Noci gelato and home baked goods sold by MIddle School students to raise funds for earthquake victims in Nepal. Beverages provided by Kiddo!, Lagunitas Beer, Sweetwater and Laughing Glass cocktails.

And as in year’s past, a Concert on the Green, sponsored by the Sweetwater Music Hall & Cafe and Bank of the West, will keep attendees dancing throughout the afternoon. The Concert features local prodigies Matt Jaffe & the DistractionsBig Bang Beat, The 85′s, Rock the Ages, and the MVMS Bluegrass Club.

The 411: The Kiddo! Memorial Day Community Celebration runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. The four-day Carnival is Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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