Armed with green and blue balloons twisted into swords, Enok and Ezkiel Garcia jumped up and down, popping bubbles a clown blew into the air Saturday during Kidsville.

Killeen resident Gabriela Garcia brought her 4- and 2-year-old boys to the event at the Killeen Community Center for free family fun, including arts and crafts, bounce houses, games, a petting zoo, live entertainment and food vendors.

“It doesn’t take too much for them to have fun,” she said. “They’re just having a blast with bubbles so that’s fun for me and we’re not stuck at home.”

Amy Mcgough, recreation supervisor for Killeen Parks and Recreation, said she expected about 2,500 to attend the event, despite canceling the outdoor movie due to the rainy weather.

“I didn’t think it was going to be as good as it was, but it’s turned out great,” she said.

It is great for the community to put on an end-of-the-summer event for the community, which allows families to come together and meet one another, Garcia said.

Her boys’ favorite activities were going inside a fire truck and visiting an exotic petting zoo, which featured a 6-year-old kangaroo, Foster, and a 3-month-old zebra, Chad.

“We saw a kangaroo eating grass,” Enok said.

Anthony Cordova, 9, said his favorite part was petting Foster’s soft light brown fur.

“I’ve never seen a kangaroo before,” he said. “There were a lot of things (at the event), but when I saw the kangaroo, it was a lot more interesting.”

His mother, Vanessa Cordova, of Killeen, said it’s a good idea for the community to do something for the children before they go back to school.

“We do it every year as a way to get the kids back in groove (of going to school),” she said. “We gave away backpacks full of school supplies.”

April Rogers, of Killeen, brought her son, Jayden Robinson, 8, to the event as a break from their busy day of back-to-school shopping.

“I’m always doing things with my son. He’s my only child so he keeps me pretty active,” she said. “Killeen has never let me down when it comes to the activities they do for the kids in the community.”

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7549

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at

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