There will be a family camping area designated for those who would like a more kid-friendly environment that is quieter late at night and a bit louder early in the morning. If you have little ones in tow and are interested in camping in Family Camp, let your parking attendant know and you’ll be pointed in the right direction. Space is designated on a first come, first served basis.
Note: Family Camp RV passes typically sell out within a week of the on-sale date.
DelFest is a family-friendly festival and a great place to bring children. Our Kidzone offers a wide variety of activities for kids of all ages. Hula Hooping, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Chalk Drawing, Community Murals, t-shirt designs, Scavenger Hunts, Water Balloons, and Field Day Games are just some of the fun activities featured in our Kidzone. Friends of the Cheat will be back with environmental education activities designed to be fun while also increasing watershed awareness, and the Allegany Arts Council will be bringing their arts bus to provide interactive art experiences. Kids ages 5 to 12 will need a festival Kids Pass and kids 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 4 and under are free.
2019 KidZone Activities will be announced in the spring. To get an idea of what happens in the KidZone, see our 2018 Schedule below.
2018 KidZone Activities
Friday – Sunday 9am -7pm
PLEASE VISIT THE KIDZONE FOR A POSTED LIST OF DAILY ACTIVITIES AND FUN! (Activities and entertainment will be added)
Grown-ups, please note: this is NOT childcare. Kids under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
*ALCOHOL, SMOKING OR GLASS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT PERMITTED ANYWHERE IN THE KIDS AREA. Shoes must be worn at all times. For the safety of our kids, this is strictly enforced. Thank you for understanding. Play at your own risk.
We would like to encourage you to stop by the Kidzone early and register your kids’ wristbands. We will be happy to take your cell number and name in the event you get temporarily separated. Please talk with your children about what to do in this unlikely event– who to ask for help, stay calm, and try to remember as much info about where we can find you. Our staff is friendly, and helpful and will help in any way to get you safely reunited.
Come enjoy hula hooping, face painting, arts & crafts, chalk drawing, community murals, t-shirt designs, scavenger hunts, water balloons, field day games and much MUCH more. We welcome any group activities you would like to come and lead! Please stop by the Kidzone for more details on all activities. ALL activities are weather permitting
Camille “Who?” Armstrong DelFest is excited to welcome back Camille Who? and Friends, offer multiple fun-filled workshops from performing arts renaissance woman Camille Who? Armstrong. Kids and grownups alike can learn to sing, dance, act, drum and jump double-dutch all in one weekend from this NYC’s FAME School of the Arts graduate, former 10-year cast member of the NYC and touring casts of STOMP, and frontwoman and songwriter for artists like Steve Kimock & Friends, Bernie Worrell and The Motet. Wow! Some of the amazing-ness we plan to do this year: body percussion/rhythm workshops, dance and choreography, live performances, teen hip-hop, acting classes, teen vocal and instrument lessons, and Double Dutch, a DelFest favorite!
Step Jam: Kim and Jan are “Step Jam,” bringing creative footwork to old-time rhythms. Accomplished Appalachian traditional music and step dance performers, they will get your dance energy in gear. Rhythmic percussive games and “southern barn dances” will help you discover your body groove as we dance and laugh together. We invite all ages to join in the fun!
Big Bubble Workshops with Uncle Jimmy: we will provide all the supplies you will need to make your own giant and magical bubbles with all of your friends!
Kidding Around Yoga: with certified Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) instructor Mary Green. These terrific classes get children singing, dancing, skipping, marching, jogging, shaking, laughing, hopping, limboing and storytelling, all while practicing authentic yoga to original KAY music. It’s so much FUN and kids will love it!
Kids Parade Sun, 10:45am – This has become a very cool DelKids tradition. Please join us, one and all. Bring your costumes, masks, face paints, puppets, noisemakers and dancing shoes! We leave the KidZone at 10:45 and make our way around the GrandStand Field to the Stage and we will join Dres Gospel Collective for a special treat! Be there!
Petunia The Clown Join Petunia while she brings us through a wonderfully hilarious Puppet and Magic Show and Balloon Twisting followed by face painting!
Annual Water Balloon Battle – Sunday High Noon: We spend the weekend filling and tying thousands of biodegradable water balloons. Please come dressed ready to get soaked. Parents bring your super big soakers. Little kids under 5 go first…then it’s big kids vs. the parents.
The Watsons Present “Del-Kids Talent Show”: Bring your costumes, talents, jokes, tricks, songs, instruments and poetry. This is your time to shine!
Giant Jenga Tournament: you think you have the skills to win all of DelFest? Bring your steady hand and game face to sign up for this year’s official DelKids tournament!
Parents Lounge: We will offer a lovely shaded spot for you parents who are watching your children to kick back, relax and watch your kids play. Coffee and tea provided. Nursing moms welcome!
Teen After Hours – Until 10pm: Teenagers are welcome to hang out in the pavilion after the Kidzone hours, until 10pm. It is your responsibility to check in with your adults by your curfew time. The pavilion lights will be on for you to hang out together. Please stay respectful. There will be supervision.
The Allegany County Arts Council “ARTs BUS”
Open Fri – Sun 9:30 – 11:30am and 1:30 – 4:30pm
A colorful art-mobile in which local artists travel provide a positive, and engaging art experience for kids. Fun art projects include rhythm instruments, recycled terrariums, and more!
Friends of the Cheat
Come join in and learn about your outdoor environment and get twisted making AMD tie dyes!
AMD Tie Dye Part 1: Fri 10:30 – 11:30am
Dye your own shirts or bandanas in reclaimed iron oxide pigment from acid mine drainage (AMD) clean-ups while learning how AMD pollution impacts Appalachian streams. Bring anything you would like to dye or design: t-shirts, hats, socks… the lighter in color, the better.
AMD Tie Dye Part 2: Sat 10:30 – 11:30am
Bring back your dry AMD creation and add some flare! Add a DelFest logo, slogan, or silhouette of Del to your AMD tie dye flag or shirt and make it unique! Didn’t make a tie dye? Make a new piece of art using reclaimed AMD pollution as a creative solution!
Stream Bug Workshop: Sun 2-3pm
Did you know that a dragonfly lives for two years underwater before hatching into a colorful, flying insect? Earn your creek legs at this fun workshop! Learn how to collect stream bugs, identify major families, and how stream bug communities reflect water quality.