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Idlewild Park Begins ‘For Kids Sake’ Days

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LIGONIER (KDKA) — Idlewild Park is celebrating its 135th season.

The special week each year called “For Kids Sake Days” is a growing part of that tradition.

Idlewild marketing director Jeff Croushore recommends that visitors bring canned goods.

“We’re collecting canned food goods for the Salvation Army food bank. And along with the donation of any canned food item, you’ll receive $6 off the regular admission price at the gate.”

For Kids Sake Days would not be complete without a touch of fantasy.

“Princesses in the Park, where guests can come and meet Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and Beauty from Sleeping Beauty.”

Among the vintage rides are attractions like the wave pool, which opened just last year. This year, something new is coming around the bend. It’s tough to get off track, when the star of the show is a little blue engine named “Thomas the Tank Engine.”

Two singing “engineers” team up with the engine of storybook fame for a lively 20 minute show, which includes the talking engine himself.

That big smiling face has entertained generations of fans, including spectator Sherri Meszar’s son. His name, of course, is Thomas.

“His room’s decorated with trains,” his mother says. “He goes everywhere with them.”

For Kids Sake Days continues through Friday, July 20, at Idlewild Park.

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