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Family Kindness Festival returns on Sunday, May 5

Mariana Edelman Photography

Join in for a special afternoon that brings kids and parents together to have fun, do good, and be kind---all under one roof!  Family Kindness Festival, on Sunday, May 5, from 1-4 pm, at Beachwood High School (25100 Fairmount Blvd, Beachwood) is a free family event geared for children ages 5–13 years old.  All ages are welcome to attend, however, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Now in its third year, this one-of-a-kind festival is presented by Senders Pediatrics in partnership with Beachwood City Schools.  Last year over 2,100 individuals, representing 70 zip codes, came together to celebrate the importance of kindness.

This year’s theme is “Be A Kindness Rockstar!” And to amplify the point, the festival features Cleveland Keys Dueling Pianos, learn to be a DJ with DJ JT (JTemp 13), School of Rock house band, Panorama steel drums, Sirkus Dayz performers and music-themed crafts.  

Forty nonprofits, 25 innovative students and 25 area schools will join together to create a one-of-a-kind symphony where families can have fun while engaging in service projects, participating in crafts for a cause, meeting inspirational kids and learning about volunteer opportunities within the community.  The event also features rocking entertainment, a bounce house, ice cream trucks  and sweet treats, and so much more.

Highlights of the day:
  • Learn to be a DJ -NEW!
  • Music-themed crafts - NEW!
  • School of Rock house band- NEW!
  • Sirkus Dayz performers & hula hoops - NEW!
  • Inlet Dance Studio performers - NEW!
  • Panorama steel drums - NEW!
  • Cleveland Keys Dueling Pianos - NEW!
  • Live musical performances - NEW!
  • Interact with Cleveland area nonprofit organizations and discover ways to get involved and give back. 
  • Connecting with area children and teens who have developed awesome ideas to spread acts of kindness in their schools, neighborhoods and communities. 
  • Participating in the Wigs for Kids Cut-a-Thon or cheer on volunteers who are donating hair to help make wigs for children suffering from hair loss.
  • Engaging in crafts for a cause - Participate in a variety of make-and-give-back projects that will benefit many local nonprofit organizations and those they serve.
  • Savoring ice-cold treats from East Coast Custard and Kona Ice Trucks.

“We are so pleased to partner with Beachwood City Schools for the third year in a row to present an extraordinary afternoon for families,” said Dr. Shelly Senders.  “When our kids are encouraged to be kind and generous they can see, firsthand, how their individual acts of kindness can have a meaningful impact on those around them.  Research shows that kids who learn to be kind have less stress, feel more happiness, have greater self-
esteem and also have better mental health as adults.  That’s why we’re committed to making Family Kindness Festival an annual tradition,” 

For a list of participating organizations and to register, visit