Children’s World provides kids and families with fun activities at Taste of Soul. (Photo William Taylor – age 8 for LA Sentinel)

Since its inception, Children’s World has been a part of the Taste of Soul, now thirteen years strong as the Los Angeles’ largest family oriented street festival. Of course there can be no family event without something for the children and TOS officials aim to make this part better every year. This year, participants included Disney’s new “Nutcracker” movie reps, with a photo booth for the kids, and Vision to Learn, offering free eye exams.

Children’s World is about more than just games, prizes and activities. Bakewell Media understands the importance of education and students having all the powerful tools they need to thrive during the school year. With that being said, Bakewell Media  asked the non-profit Vision to Learn, to bring their vision mobile clinic to Children’s World. The day of Taste of Soul, children received a free eye screening along with a free pair of glasses to give them the confidence they need to step back in the classroom.

“We’re doing a preliminary screening and if [participants] qualify, we are providing them with free sample lenses,” said a Vision to Learn spokesperson the day of the event.

A young artist performs his latest rap song on the Children’s World stage at Taste of Soul 2018. (Photo William Taylor – age 8 for LA Sentinel)

Children also got to enjoy free carnival games, custom T shirt prints and the opportunity for photos with Disney’s Nutcracker princess; the movie will be out this November. Entertainment was provided by Children’s World host and founder of the School Tour, Randy Hankins, with performances by BoomSquad, and others. Kids First was also there, providing information about the importance of child safety seats.

In its beginning stages, TOS Children’s World has provided all types of entertainment including a petting zoo for the kids. It has evolved over the years with entertainment like Artiistri and DJ Kiss, and volunteers and hosts like Bank of America and the Challengers Boys and Girls Club. This year’s Children’s World was sponsored by the Plenary Group and Metro.

“Taste of Soul has grown into the greatest demonstration of all that is possible for and within our community when we collectively pull our time, resources, and talents for the betterment of all,” said Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. the event’s creator and founder.

Children’s World has it’s own red carpet greeting area for artists and future stars alike.  (Photo William Taylor – age 8 for LA Sentinel)

“The millions of people who have enjoyed Taste of Soul over the years sends a clear message to everyone that as businessmen and women, consumers and as a political force, we cannot and will not be ignored or denied.”

Staff writer Kimberlee Buck contributed to this report

William Taylor (age 8 – left) with Children’s World host and founder of the School Tour, Randy Hankins (right).  Williams lives in Los Angeles and is a fan of photography. Children’s World was his very first assignment for a newspaper.  (Photo E. Mesiyah McGinnis / LA Sentinel)

Additional photos by William Taylor