Informing families about activities and programs to keep kids busy, healthy and engaged is the goal of the New Bedford Family Fest.

This free event is happening Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center on Hillman Street.

Two of the organizers – Caroline Conzatti from the Community Boating Center and Meagan Lincoln from the PACE Coordinated Family & Community Engagement program – stopped by Townsquare Sunday to discuss the event and why it's important for New Bedford families and their children.

"There will be about 40 community partners on hand, offering resources to families in Greater New Bedford," Conzatti said. "In addition to information, all of the organizations have been asked to bring along an activity for the kids, so we'll have a storyteller, crafts and games to keep young people engaged."

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Other attractions include the Buttonwood Park Zoo's mobile "Zoo2You" exhibit and a DJ from 3rd Eye Unlimited.

Family Fest is an event geared toward helping families, but the organizers said its important that families turn out to learn what's available.

"There are a lot of resources in our area that families who need them do not know about," Lincoln said. "Family Fest is a free event, and I'm sure there is a service there that families can use.

The complete interview with Caroline Conzatti and Meagan Lincoln can be heard here:

Townsquare Sunday is a community affairs program heard Sunday mornings on WBSM.

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