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Funfest keeps on giving

Published:Wednesday | December 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM

'Twas the Sunday before Christmas and the festive spirit was alive and well inside Hope Gardens as the annual Funfest Family Fun Day got under way. Scores of children and adults turned out for the event from as early as 10 a.m. to capitalise on all the fun-filled family activities on the day's agenda.

The unique family festival's Christmas edition was everything the young and the young at heart expected and more. In addition to dancing and taking pictures with popular characters from their favourite cartoons, patrons also enjoyed the various rides scattered all around the venue. From merry-go-rounds and water slides, to the mechanical bull, patrons were kept busy the entire day. Face painting, video games and dancing clowns were also huge attractions for the kids.

5D cinema

In addition to rides and activities, was a one-of-a-kind 5D cinema on location, and despite the $600 fee for adults and $300 for children, it attracted huge attention. The 5D cinema is the first simulator of its kind on the island, and boasts the very latest in interactive technology, including 3D visuals, surround-sound audio, wind effects and seat movement. All these new features helped to create a realistic experience, and is an upgrade from the ordinary simulator to many have grown accustomed. With that said, many didn't mind the long lines, claiming that the unique cinematic experience was worth the wait.

Christmas is the season of giving, and telecommunications giant Digicel, one of the event's sponsors, ensured that the kids were not forgotten. Hundreds of children not only got the chance to sit on Santa's lap, but were also gifted at the Digicel booth, while their parents were busy taking advantage of the huge discounts being offered on smartphones, a deal many cited as a gift in itself. When patrons worked up an appetite on the rides, which the food village provided the perfect one-stop spot for refuelling. Patties, jerk chicken, popcorn, snow cones and ice cream, were just a few of the items on sale by the village which was kept busy throughout the day.

As has become customary at Funfest, a concert brought the curtains down on another successful staging. This year, the line-up included the likes of Verlando Small, Omari, the young and talented Singing Xylophone, Kevin Smith, the Clueless Brothers among others.

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