RICHMOND -- The focus of this year's Home Front Festival will be on young people, involving a new generation in the city's dramatic history from the World War II years that merited creating a national park here.

"Kids Can Do It!" is the theme of this year's celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 inside and outside the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South.

A special exhibit at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Education Center next to the Craneway will debut "Kids in World War II: Imagination & Reality," a new exhibit that will run through next March.

The Richmond Museum of History will have a display of artwork created by children at the city's child care centers during the war, including some that have never been exhibited publicly.

And the festival's Kids Zone will have a video game truck, jump-houses, face painting, art projects and games, as well as interactive activities for all ages.

The day starts at 9 a.m. with the popular YMCA Home Front 5K & 10K Fun Run/Walk along the scenic shoreline. Those who register at www.homefrontrun.com are eligible for giveaways of sports clothing and other prizes.


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The day will feature exhibits; art and food vendors and community and business information tables; the Kiwanis Club of Richmond Classic Car Show; and free one-hour National Park Service guided tours along the bay aboard the amphibious San Francisco Duck craft from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One of the day's highlights is the annual reunion of Rosies and other home front workers for a photo at 1 p.m.

Celebrants can also ride 1940s buses that will shuttle between the Craneway and the SS Red Oak Victory at the Port of Richmond.

For more details, visit www.rcoc.com.

Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/christreadway. Stay up to date on West Contra Costa news at www.IBABuzz.com/westcounty.