• Thursday , 18 January 2018

Carnival Games, Ferris Wheel Rides and Fun with Flyers Fans and Their Families at the Annual Philadelphia Flyers Wives Carnival

Story, photos by Jill Beckel

Rides, games, food and fun were abundant at the 39th Annual Flyers Wives Carnival which took place on Sunday, March 13th at the Wells Fargo Center. Among the newly-added attractions were a center-ice carousel, carnival games, and the opportunity to purchase player autographs prior to the carnival. This annual event welcomed thousands of Flyers fans to mingle with players and enjoy a family-friendly afternoon all while supporting a great cause (local charities).

To the delight of both young and old, last year’s six-story-high Ferris wheel also returned to this year’s carnival. Fans had the chance to play lots of carnival games including water guns, fun house mirrors, balloon darts, a strongman attraction, and more!

Another event that returned this year included the shot-on-goal on the ice. There were also tailgate games with Flyers players, behind-the-scenes tours of the press box and locker rooms, mystery bags, giant inflatables, face painting, and more!

Proceeds from the Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival allow Flyers Charities to assist many local beneficiaries such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, The Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaEd Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Police Athletic League, and many others. Since its inception, Flyers Charities has contributed over $26 million to various charitable organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Don’t miss out on next year’s carnival! If you’d like to donate and make a difference for local charities, please click here.

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A local band comprised of middle school aged kids got the festival started off right with some cover songs.

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Everyone got a free program as they entered the festival.

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A Flyers player made out of balloons!

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Flyers memorabilia can be found throughout the Wells Fargo Center.

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The current Philadelphia Flyers team members.

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The current Philadelphia Flyers team members.

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The carousel was a huge hit for both kids and adults.

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Lots of family fun!

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There were lots of live interviews shown up on the big screen throughout the carnival.

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Interview with Flyers’ Claude Giroux.

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The whole stadium was absolutely packed throughout the carnival.

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Everyone wanted to play the carnival games and eat carnival foods like water ice, cotton candy, Philly soft pretzels and more.

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The “Shots on the Goal” game was a big hit.

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Participants took turns taking “Shots on the Goal.”

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There was a line to take shots at the goalie just like a real Flyers player.

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Fans bought special VIP tickets to get autographs from their favorite players.

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Lots of people waited in a huge line just to get something signed by their favorite Flyers player.

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The kids really loved this water race game.

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So many colorful prizes!

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A dad and his daughter on the classic Merry Go Round ride.

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Ian Laperriere, former Flyers player and now assistant coach, signing autographs for fans.

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An adorable family posed with the Stanley Cup.

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A quick interview with Sean Couturier.

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People taking a rest from the carnival festivities.

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Lots of vendors had booths with prizes and games as well.

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Past Flyers’ players jerseys on display.

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A big Connect Four game!

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97.5 The Fanatic – Home of the Philly sports fan was live at the event.

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A serious game of extra-large chess.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Ice Girls helped out throughout the day’s festivities.

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