Kylia Lopez climbed up a fake rock mountain as her younger sister, Rayna, waited for her turn.

“It was fun,” said Kylia, 9, adding she wasn’t scared. “You get to climb.”

The girls’ mom, Nikki Lopez, was thankful for the city, which provided free activities and entertainment Saturday during Kidsville at the Killeen Community Center.

More than 1,000 people attended the annual event, which featured new activities this year, including a pie-in-the-face game, a dunk tank and a cake walk, said Sara Davy, recreation superintendent.

“It’s an exciting back-to-school

event. It’s a celebration of summer ending,” Davy said. “It’s very exciting to know that we offer these free events as something for citizens to enjoy. We get a lot of positive feedback from them.”

With parents already spending money on new clothes and school supplies as children prepare for school, Lopez said it’s great that the city offers a free community event.

“It’s really good, especially the timing,” Lopez said. “Having this right before school starts (means) the kids can have a good time and the parents don’t have to count their pennies.”

Lopez said she brings her daughters to free city events throughout the year and said Kidsville always provides a great family environment.

“They have a blast,” she said. “They love it. We come all the time.”

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

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