Sunday, Jul 10, 2011 7:00am

Maybe it should be called MapleKIDstock.

The Kidzone at Maplewoodstock was just one area off to the right of the stage – just for kids. Or at least that’s what the organizers thought it would be. But no one bothered to tell the kids. Instead, they pretty much took over the entire place.

Kids were dancing in front of the stage as the bands played. They tossed Frisbees, hula hooped and played catch. Any open space was fair game for them. The adults were content to sit in lawn chairs and watch the bands.

For the kids, there were face painting from Three Sisters and ‘fair hair’ (colored hairspray), tattoos from Parteaz and goodies like cupcakes from the Cupcake Coral and the Able Baker. There was a balloon artist and sand art. There were not one, but three bouncy house type inflatable slides and mazes. They kids could fish for prizes in a kiddie pool. When they needed to take a break there was plenty of lemonade and ice cream from dueling ice cream trucks.

Up along the rim of the festival, kid sized tie dyed tee shirts, belts and other trinkets, most with peace signs were available for purchase. There was even a caricature artist. And past the vendors was the Maplewood train station. The line was longest here. It was one of the most popular stops. It was the only flush toilets in easy walking distance for the potty training set.

Didn’t make there yesterday? It’ll be there again today.

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And we can get this project completed in time for Montclair's sesquicentennial when we can stick a fork into historic preservation as a public policy.

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