Scenes from previous the annual four-day Kiddo! Family Carnival , along with 2018 musical performers Kenneth Brian Band, at bottom center, and Matt Jaffe & the Distractions, at middle right.


Glee, excitement and hip-shaking are often on display at the Community Center and Mill Valley Middle School, but rarely moreso than a fateful four-day stretch in late May, when the annual four-day Kiddo! Family Carnival takes over those grounds for a Memorial Day weekend celebration like no other.

The Carnival begins Friday at 4pm and wraps up at 5 p.m. Monday. 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 $25 tickets are available (check or cash only ) in the Kiddo! office at the Mill Valley School District from May 21-24 8:15am-3:30pm and Friday May 25 from 8:30am until 1pm. Advance tickets may be turned in at the Carnival for a ticket book or for a one day wrist band for unlimited rides. Tickets are $35 once the carnival begins, and books are $30. Food and games are extra. A part of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit Kiddo! and the programs it funds for Mill Valley’s K-8 public schools.

On the fourth and final day of the Carnival after the conclusion of the annual Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade, the Community Celebration features food from a host of local vendors, with beverages provided by East Brothers Beer, Lagunitas Beer and Laughing Glass cocktails, among others.

And as in year’s past, a Concert on the Green will keep attendees dancing throughout the afternoon, with the Redwoods rock & roll senior chorus Rock the AgesMatt Jaffe and the Distractions, the Kenneth Brian Band, and a special tribute to Americana and Tom Petty with very special guests.

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 5 p.m. MORE INFO.

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