For Kids

Kids are always welcome at Festival, and all kids' art activities are offered free of charge.

Event Info & Location

Balloon Booth

Support Festival by buying a balloon for just a buck! Located on Ottawa Avenue north of Lyon, in front of the Kent County Courthouse.

Ottawa Avenue

Friday: Noon–7:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am–7:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am–3:30pm

Chalk the Walk

Create sidewalk art with chalk!
Sponsored by Haworth – thank you!

visit: haworth.com

Federal Building Lawn

Friday: Noon–7:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am–7:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am–3:30pm

Face Painting

Have a cool design painted on your face or arm!

Federal Building Lawn

Friday: Noon–7:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am–7:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am–3:30pm

Glue-In

Kids ages 4–12 can create works of art using wood, clue, and other recycled materials.

Fifth Third Parking Lot

Friday: Noon–7:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am–7:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am–3:30pm

KCAD Taste Testing

Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University
Tour the KCAD Campus (start times 1pm and 3pm) meet at the KCAD Art on the E.D.G.E. stage. Other activities and experimentation to include Printmaking, Face Painting and Portraitures.

visit: kcad.edu
(KCAD) On Pearl between Ionia & Division

Friday: 1pm–5pm

Kids Art Zone

Kids 3-12 years old will be able to create art projects to make and take. Various organizations will be assisting in their project creations.

Monroe Center

Friday 3:30pm-7:30pm
Thank you to the volunteers from Cook Arts Center

Saturday 10:30am-3:00pm
Thank you to the volunteers from the Children’s Museum of Grand Rapids

Mad Hatter

Kids ages 4-12 can create whimsical hats on Wege Plaza in front of the GRAM (Grand Rapids Art Museum). (Parental help welcome.)

visit: artmuseumgr.org

GRAM (Grand Rapids Art Museum)

Friday: Noon–7:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am–7:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am–3:30pm

Open Art for All

Hosted by KCAD Continuing Studies
Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University
Get your hands busy with clay exploration! Students of all ages will be making pinch pots. Interested in animation, check out the “Animation Fun” stop. Meet KCAD Continuing Studies instructors – we want to meet you!

visit: kcad.edu/youth-and-adults
(KCAD) On Pearl between Ionia & Division

Sunday: Noon–5pm

Paint-In

Kids ages 4–12 can paint their own masterpiece.

Fifth Third Parking Lot

Friday: Noon–7:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am–7:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am–3:30pm

Storytelling

West Michigan’s best storytellers tell stories during the day for kids through age 12. (After 5pm, stories are for older, more sophisticated audiences)

Kent County Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room

Friday: Noon–5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am–3:30pm

Youth Art Exhibit

A non-juried art show by local school-age children.

visit: artmuseumgr.org

GRAM (Grand Rapids Art Museum)

Friday: 10am–8pm
Saturday: 10am–8pm
Sunday: Noon–3pm

Zot Artz Experience - Arts for All Abilities

KCAD Art on the E.D.G.E.
Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University
Paint the Street at Festival of the Arts! All artists, all ages, and all abilities are welcome. Participants will have fun while developing motor skills, concentration, and self-esteem. With Zot Artz painting wheelchair tool, pogo stamping tool, chalk drawer, art rollers and other art tools, participants choose colors, create patterns, roll, and print to make their mark. Fun and appropriate for all ages and abilities!

(KCAD) On Pearl between Ionia & Division

Saturday: 10am–5pm

June 4-5-6 | Grand Rapids, Michigan | Visitor Guide & Schedule