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'Jump, jump, jump': Kids Discovery Fest promotes family fun in Victoria

By KBell
Feb. 12, 2011 at 9:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2011 at 8:14 p.m.

Braylon Davis says "cheese" with his mom, Diana Padron, at the Kids Discovery Fest.

CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY MUSEUMWHAT: A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting learning for children and families

WHERE: 204 N. Main St., Victoria

HOURS: Closed Monday; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday

COST: $3 per person, 2 and under free; memberships available

CONTACT: 361-485-9140 or go to www.cdmgoldencrescent.com

Two-year-old Braylon Davis broke free from his aunt's grip after soaring down an inflatable slide.

Trying in vain to climb back up the steep slope, all he could say was, "Jump, jump, jump."

Those were his first words when he walked into the Kids Discovery Fest and saw activities spread the length of the Victoria Mall, mom Diana Padron said.

"As long as he's having fun, that's all that matters," she said while she waited for her sister and son to come out the other end of a long inflatable.

With Braylon's little legs leading the way, the trio made their way to another bounce house among face painting, balloons, live entertainment, crafts and games.

The event Saturday was the 11th Kids Discovery Fest and is one of the Children's Discovery Museum's biggest fundraisers.

"It's good for all the organizations to get their word out," said Museum Manager Paige Gedvillas. "We've been open for 10 years and people still don't know we exist."

This year's event marks a new focus for the museum, which will be hosting more community outreach events, said board president Krista Finnegan.

"We're going to have activities at least once a month for guys and girls to come down, see the museum and just get the community involved," said Finnegan, who became president on Monday.

That will work out well for Braylon, who, according to his mother, has had a blast every time he's visited the museum.

"He's not in daycare, so when I take him there, that's one of the only times he gets to be around little kids. It's good for him," Padron said.

Meanwhile, she waited for Braylon and her sister, Stephanie Urbano, to emerge out of yet another inflatable house. Padron joked her sister was probably having more fun than her son.

Finnegan said that, beyond making money to sustain the museum, family fun is the point of the event.

"It gives people a chance to hang out with their kids for the day and just participate in things that are in Victoria ... we do have fun stuff in Victoria," she said.

Padron agreed, saying she, Braylon and Urbano planned to head to the zoo after they'd made their way through the mall.

"There's stuff going on all the time here. You just have to find it," Padron said.

And the curious Braylon was well on his way to finding the next adventure.

His dark hair still static from another slide, Braylon dismounted the inflatable house and continued to hop on the hard mall floor to the next booth.

"Jump, jump, jump," he said.

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