Thank You for Making UnPeeled a Success

BANANAS UnPeeled Children’s Carnival held on April 14, 2018 at Urban Adamah was a one-of-a-kind family event. Yes, it was a huge success! We owe it to no one else but our community that includes YOU. More than 750 people attended the event. What a great sense of community— parents, caregivers, and children all added to the fun. As a result, the event turned out to be a lively one that made parents excited and left kids smiling and asking for more.

The highlights of the event were live shows and games. Our performers Risa Lenore, Grampa Clyde, Mariela’s music time, Chad Norris, and Kirah Caminos entertained the crowd and created a joyful experience for all the little learners. Children moved and grooved to the much loved rhymes and songs. They sang, played with drums, clapped, laughed, and jumped. In addition, the live shows kept the children engaged as they explored their creativity through pretend play.

Children had the opportunity to enjoy many fun-filled games like the penny toss, ring toss, tic-tac-toe, buried treasure, bean bag toss, duck matching, and many more. There were terrific prizes for the children to take home. They created excitement among the kids as they could trade in their tickets to win more from the prize booth. Face painting was a popular choice for all! Our talented volunteers patiently painted beautiful designs and kept the long line moving along at a fast pace. Children and adults got a range of pictures on their face, from animals, flowers, butterflies to hearts and stars.

Kids were excited to see the fire truck when it arrived. They sat in it like a real firefighter and had the opportunity to pose for photos. The officers made their presence even more special by giving out favors. The snack shack was a crowd pleaser for who does not love hot dogs and nachos. The Italian food truck La Cosa Nostra sold delicious pasta and arancini, perfect for a carnival.

Parents loved being at the carnival, socializing with other families while their kids explored on their own in a safe environment. Each child left with memories of a great day. A huge thank you to all of you for attending the carnival and making it a success. We could only have made this carnival a memorable one because of you. The goal of the event was to provide family fun for all, especially to children. In addition, raise money so that we can invest in kids and make every child’s dream come true.

We would love to hear from you about your experiences on what a great day you had. Please share your comments below!

Raise a Reader with ‘The Berkeley Baby Book Project’

What could the amazing City of Berkeley have in common with the vibrant music legend Dolly Parton? They both love giving books to young children. And so does BANANAS! Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has teamed up with The Berkeley Baby Book Project to distribute free books to kids in Berkeley, ages 0-5. BANANAS is proud to help spread the word about this wonderful program.

Calling it the “gift of literacy,” Dolly Parton began the Imagination Library in 1995 in her home state of Tennessee. Since then, the program has expanded to other states and recently it distributed its 100 millionth book. The milestone was celebrated in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. where Dolly Parton read books to a group of children.

The benefits of reading early to children are huge. It is never too early to build that close connection with your infant, toddler, or preschooler while stimulating their brains and love for learning. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library helps make this possible with its 60 volume sets of books that include classics such as The Little Engine That Could, Last Stop on Market StreetHooray a Pinata, and many more.

To be a part of this program, a child needs to register for The Berkeley Baby Book Project. Each month, new books are mailed to the child’s home. Books are chosen based on each child’s age and will be sent until the child turns five or the family moves out of Berkeley. The books are a gift and there is no cost to families for being a part of the Imagination Library. Children get the opportunity to create an amazing personal library before they enter Kindergarten.

BANANAS is cultivating the importance of reading in a child’s early development by helping families register for the Berkeley Baby Book Project. Berkeley parents can register in-person or contact our referral line at 510-658-0381. Families are also welcome to pick up gently used children’s books from our Boutique. These books are accepted through generous donations from our community.

Share the wonderful world of books with your children and promote the importance of literacy. For more information on The Berkeley Baby Book Project, visit their website.