106th Poly Pet & Hobby Show: Actions Change Things!

Welcome to the 106th Poly Pet & Hobby Show: Actions Change Things! on Friday, April 28 at noon on Babcock Field. 

The festival, which began over 106 years ago in 1916, features outdoor carnival games, a ceremonial Maypole dance between first and fifth grade students, a dog show, and an indoor gymnasium full of student’s hobbies. This wonderful, family-friendly outdoor event is free to anyone. Alumni, incoming families, Pasadena neighbors, and current families are all encouraged to attend.

This year’s planning co-chairs Debby Kumar and Steve Bialecki are determined to elevate the 106th Poly Pet & Hobby Show with more fun, interactive, and new booths for the children and their families. This year’s food vendors include: Pie N’ Burger, Pickles & Peas, Dog Haus, Teri & Yaki, Nonna Rosa Pizza and Miravilla. The onsite dessert vendors will be Waffle Land and Nomad Ice pops. Everyone is sure to enjoy the festival with a full belly. 

The Poly Pet & Hobby show will feature our famous dog show with co-host Brady Frome, Lower School/Middle School Drama Teacher and Alex Velasco, Lower School Dean of Student Life. Additionally, a beloved school tradition is for the children to dunk their favorite teacher or faculty member in the dunk tank. Don’t miss the lineup! 

Each grade ranging from Kindergarten to Eighth grade hosts either a carnival booth or interactive game. This year’s Poly Pet and Hobby Show features the “Express Yourself Zone,” where students can color their hair, get a temporary tattoo, get face paint, or dance in the silent disco; the “Kids’ Zone,” is where students can climb through obstacle courses, race down slides, or jump in bounce houses. There will also be a designated area for incoming and current kindergartners. The “Sweet Shops Zone” is run by both Upper School and Middle School students, where guests can purchase snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, and drinks for $1! The “Action Zone” matches this year’s theme: Actions Change Things! In this zone, children can paint, write, or draw motivational cards and hearts—or even make inspirational bracelets for several different charities helping sick children and the elderly. 

Don’t miss out! Come join the fun! Celebrate being together and being at Poly!