PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Schenley Plaza in Oakland buzzed with activity Wednesday on opening day of the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival.

The biggest star is an inflatable sculpture in Bill Mazeroski field. There’s also sunflowers and giraffes, a duck-footed owl and Mr. McFeely.

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The International Children’s Festival is back and kids have more hands-on activities than ever.

Festival Director Pam Lieberman says Oakland is an international stage.

“We’re celebrating 26 years of the International Children’s Festival,” said Lieberman. “The festival is a theater festival at its heart. It’s one of only five in the United States.”

Regional acts are joined by performers from around the world. But the centerpiece is the massive, inflatable Mirazozo, which is sponsored by Equitable Gas.

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“You’re going to get your exercise when you come down here, and certainly run some energy out of your children,” says Scott Waitlevertch, of Equitable Gas.

The 150-foot structure has the feel of Islamic architecture.

Exhibition Manager Shanti Freed says the thin membrane lets the sunshine in.

“So, it shines through the colored areas and reflects off the gray,” says Freed. “So, from the outside you’ve got gray and with red, blue and green, but inside you have multicolor rainbows and it’s absolutely beautiful.”

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