For Kids

Kids are always welcome at Festival, and all kids' art activities are offered free of charge. Unless otherwise noted, hours of kids' activities are:

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

Event Info & Location

Balloon Booth

Support Festival by buying a balloon for just a buck!
Ottawa Avenue north of Lyon

Chalk the Walk

Create sidewalk art with chalk! Sponsored by Haworth
Lawn of Federal Building

Dilly Songs

Delightful, silly songs for kids
Fountain Stage

Friday 6:00pm

Di Suvero Swing

Take a ride in the gigantic tire swing created by artist Mark di Suvero. Supervised by volunteers from area Junior ROTC Units and Young Marines.
Between City Hall and the Federal Building

Face Painting

Have a cool design painted on your face or arm!
Federal Building Lawn


Kids ages 4-12 can create works of art using wood, glue, and other recycled materials.
Fifth Third Parking Lot on Ottawa

Free Performance - "How I Became a Pirate" - Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Traveling Troupe will present How I Became a Pirate, a free performance as a Special Festival of the Arts show Saturday, June 8 on the Meijer Majestic stage at 2pm. These Saturday shows are suitable for family audiences, ages 6 and older. This is a FREE performance (donations are welcome).
Library and Division - Civic Theatre

Saturday: 2 pm

Mad Hatter

Kids ages 4–12 can create fanciful hats! (Parental help welcome.)
In front of GRAM Wege Plaza Center near Circle Stage


Kids ages 4-12 can paint their own masterpiece.
Fifth Third Parking Lot on Ottawa


Make your own Festival souvenir using classic silk-screening techniques! (Lines close ½ hour before the scheduled closing time)

Behind City Hall

Friday: Noon–7:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am–7:30 pm
Sunday: 11 am–3:30 pm


West Michigan’s best storytellers spin stories during the day for kids through age 12. After 5 pm, hear stories for older audiences.
Kent County Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room

See schedule for times - hint: search for for "story"

Youth Art Exhibit

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

Grand Rapids Art Museum

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

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