Kids’ Day FAQ

What day and time is the event?
The Friday preceding the festival. Two sessions are offered, 9–11:30 AM and 12–2:30 PM.

What is the cost to attend Kids’ Day at OysterFest?
This is a free event, so no fees required!

Where is the Port of Shelton Fairground?
The Fairground is located ¾ mile north of the Wallace Kneeland Blvd exit on US Highway 101 in Shelton, WA.

Where can I park?
There is plenty of free parking just outside the main fairgrounds gate. No parking will be allowed inside the gate after the event begins.

At what grade level are the participating students?
All 4th grade students in Mason and Thurston Counties are invited to Kids’ Day at OysterFest.

Can homeschooled students attend Kids’ Day?
Yes! Homeschooled students of the appropriate age and grade level are welcome but must pre-register to attend.

Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, the Port of Shelton Fairgrounds does not allow pets inside the gate. Service animals are allowed.

Will we be able to purchase food at Kids’ Day?
No, there will not be any food vendors set up for Kids’ Day on Friday. Come back on Saturday or Sunday and a wide variety of good food and drinks will be available!

Are there restrooms available?
Yes, there are limited indoor restroom facilities and several porta-potties on site.

Is there a place for students to eat lunch before/after they tour the stations?
Students will be able to eat their sack lunches at either the shucking area (grass with bandstand seating) or in Olympic Hall if it rains. There are garbage cans available for all lunch trash. Please do not leave any litter behind!

I am a Kids’ Day exhibitor/presenter. When can I set up my display/activity? What time will I be able to leave?
Some displays may be set up on Thursday afternoon by arrangement only. All stations/displays must be ready no later than 8:30 AM on Friday morning. No vehicles are allowed to enter or leave the Fairgrounds between 8:50 AM and 3:00 PM on Friday for the safety of students. All-day parking is available just outside the main fairgrounds gate. Lunch for all Kids’ Day volunteers will be served in Building 13 at 11:30 AM.

I am a Kids’ Day volunteer tour guide. What time do I need to arrive? What time will I be able to leave?
All morning session volunteer tour guides need to be at the Fairgrounds by 8:15 AM for check-in, orientation and a tour of the stations. All afternoon session volunteer tour guides need to arrive by 11:15 AM for check-in, orientation and a tour of the stations. Lunch for all Kids’ Day volunteers will be served in Building 13 at 11:30 AM. Morning session volunteers may leave as early as 11:45 AM, and afternoon volunteers will be able to leave by 2:45 PM.

Our school wants to attend! Can we get help with transportation expenses?
The Skookum Rotary Foundation has limited funding for school transportation. As soon as registration is open, please provide your funding request in writing on school letterhead stating the amount requested. Submit your request via email to Teri King at

What sort of activities can we expect?
Students will learn about a variety of issues, which in the past have included water pollution prevention, electrical safety, conservation of natural resources, recycling, boating safety and marine animals.

Can younger/older siblings of students also attend?
Kids’ Day at OysterFest is designed for 4th grade-level students and may not be appropriate for younger or older children. Also, the class chaperones and tour guides will not be able to supervise extra children.

Is it ok if I wear shorts and flip-flops?
We suggest that you wear comfortable clothing and shoes, suitable for the weather. This is primarily an outdoor event, held rain or shine! Volunteer tour guides: you will be walking from station to station and standing on concrete for short intervals, so comfortable shoes are important! Presenters: you may be in open-air buildings, tents or outdoors and are strongly urged to be prepared for any type of weather and to stand on a hard surface for most of the day.