• Jalayna Zahnley, 9, tosses a ring over the first bottle during Kinderfest at the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Outdoor Recreation complex, April 25.

    Ring toss

    Jalayna Zahnley, 9, tosses a ring over the first bottle during Kinderfest at the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Outdoor Recreation complex, April 25.

  • Children try to get their beanbags into holes at the Netzaberg Child Development Center booth during Kinderfest on April 25.

    Bean bag toss

    Children try to get their beanbags into holes at the Netzaberg Child Development Center booth during Kinderfest on April 25.

  • Allison James, 4, leaps two feet during a standing jump at the Kinderfest, April 25.

    Long Jump

    Allison James, 4, leaps two feet during a standing jump at the Kinderfest, April 25.

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Kinderfest, an annual tradition for U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, received a facelift this year.

The garrison's celebration of its youngest members on April 25, moved to Outdoor Recreation's new Wild B.O.A.R. complex on Tower Barracks.

"This is a perfect location to bring 1,500 kids and family members and introduce them to healthy and outdoor living," said Lana Muzzy, Parent and Outreach Services director for Child, Youth and School Services.

At the new location, CYSS hosted hundreds more guests than previous years and offered a wider variety of activities.

Along with the usual face painting, informational and arts and crafts booths, families this year stretched their legs outside.

Kids and parents alike challenged each other in burlap sacks and in three-legged-races. They tossed rings and plates; wrote "USAG Bavaria" in wild flowers on the lawn; played pick-up games of soccer and lined up to shoot kid-sized bows and arrows at balloons.

Will Wild B.O.A.R. host Kinderfest in the coming years?

Absolutely, says Muzzy, "It's more fun for the kids."

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