Carnival of Colors

Bring your kids for a fun and engaging day at the Carnival of Colors, happening at the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15. Quentin Comus, a 16-year-old Boy Scout from Troop 520 in Newberg, Oregon, will install a 30 foot, permanent flagpole to begin the event. Comus’s Eagle Scout project focuses on building improvements that will help transition the visitor center (built in 1993) into an overnight education center. In addition to the flagpole installation, Comus will build two wheelchair-accessible changing rooms, paint the 14,000-square-foot building, and update the fire evacuation signage. The Carnival of Colors also includes:

  • Live music by Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew, formerly of the alt-rock band The Presidents of the United States)
  • Face painting by Kelsey the Face Painting Lady
  • Art workshops with Natalie Tonn, biologist and artist
  • OMSI traveling exhibits with brainteaser puzzles and animal items
  • Crafts including shrink plastic, pumpkin decorating, and fall banners
  • Carnival games including beanbag toss, paper airplane target, pumpkin ring toss, and more
  • Mount St. Helens photo booth station

A full schedule and tickets are available at Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. (Reduced priced tickets are available for low-income families.) Admission includes all activities, lunch, hot cider, and a pumpkin. To purchase tickets online now, click here. The event is hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute and the U.S. Forest Service. Event sponsors include Eureka! Engineering, Cowlitz PUD, Red Canoe Credit Union, Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Castle Rock Community Development Alliance, and Castle Rock Blooms.

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