It was a great time for the kids to learn and have fun at the same time, Family members said of the Family Fun Fair held April 13 at Patriots Park on post.

"It's important for kids to learn these things in a fun way," said Jocelyne Orndorf, a Family member, amid the noise and bustle of hundreds of Soldiers, civilians and their Family members climbing a rock wall and entering a bouncy house run by the Fort Jackson Fire Department.

These are just two of the myriad of games and activities children and adults could participate in at the fair. There were many crafts and activities to try including bean bag tosses, musical chairs, and finger painting.

The Family Fun Fair, put on by Child, Youth Services, brought together many on post agencies to teach about finances, safety, and nutrition.

"What is great about the Fort Jackson community is how much support they give" to events, said Sunny Bolton, Fort Jackson's Child, Youth Services Coordinator. "It tells the community we are here for each other; we are here to prove a safe environment for our most valuable resource -- our service members and their Families."

It was a great way to reach children on their level one worker said.

Brandy Schaefer, dressed up like a collared green, moved through the fair motivating children to eat healthy through a mixture of glee and silliness.

"If we teach them young, be silly and get down on their level I think they'll learn a lot better," said Schaefer, a Child, Youth Services nutritionist.