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Creating Peeps chicks one of many free kids activities at PeepsFest in Bethlehem Dec. 30-31

Creating Peeps chicks one of many free kids activities at PeepsFest in Bethlehem Dec. 30-31
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From a press release:

Working at Just Born Quality Confections may be the sweetest job in the Lehigh Valley, and now kids will have the opportunity to get a taste of that fun by role playing as they create Peeps chick rainbow pops at the 10th anniversary of PeepsFest at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem on Sunday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Dec. 31.

Thanks to the Lehigh Valley’s premier role-play attraction Imagi Nation, visitors at PeepsFest can become Peeps Apprentices. This entertaining, educational experience, which complete with uniforms and time cards, features Peeps assembly, inspection, packaging, and shipping departments. With a special emphasis on social development, apprentices will also challenge their communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. Imagi Nation will be on site at the ArtsQuest Center (101 Founders Way, Bethlehem) on Dec. 30-31 for this free event from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Located in Allentown, Imagi Nation is an interactive, educational entertainment experience where children ages 2-12 can role play more than 40 different careers within a realistic, kid-sized community complete with its own bank, market, and health and dental clinic.

Additional free workshops and activities at PeepsFest include:

  • A collaborative art project with Wheels of Friendship presented by Mikayla’s Voice
  • Peeps Olympics, including exciting games like cornhole and a spoon race
  • Peeps catapults with the National Museum of Industrial History
  • License plate rubbings with the America on Wheels Museum
  • A coloring station by the State Theatre of Easton
  • Giant Jenga and a parachute game with the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA
  • A hands-on Peeps Craft with an environmental twist by the Wildlands Conservancy
  • DIY New Year’s Eve party hats with Pinebrook Family Answers
  • Hair chalk coloring with Color Me Mine
  • Create-your-own “Happy Day” cards for Meals on Wheels seniors
  • Learn How to Make a Peeps Holiday Wreath with Just Born Quality Confections
  • Peeps in the Kitchen: Cooking Demos with ArtsQuest Chef Barry Sullivan at PBS39 on Dec. 30 at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
  • Peeps Scavenger Hunt

Family fun is the name of the game at PeepsFest, the annual two-day New Year’s Eve festival celebrating the fun and excitement of the Peeps brand at the iconic SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Each year, fans arrive from all over the country to enjoy family-friendly activities and marvel at the Peeps Chick Drop – a 4-feet, 9-inches tall, 400-pound lit Peeps Chick that descends at 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 31 to commemorate the beginning of an exciting new year. Family entertainment includes kid-friendly bands, magicians, the Family Disco Lounge, a kids fun run, clowns, balloon-making, and more.

PeepsFest is presented by Just Born Quality Confections (1300 Stefko Blvd., Bethlehem) and the nonprofit ArtsQuest. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Dec. 30-31. Admission is free, although a few select activities, such as the Family Disco Lounge and PeepsFest 5K, require an admission ticket or charge.

For more information and a complete PeepsFest schedule, visit

Photo by Benjamin Golub