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.
The KidsZone is an exploratory and interactive place, designed to spark imagination and keep curious minds engaged with piles of outrageous silliness and cool activities! Many volunteer groups, including some from the local region, bring their talents and enthusiasm to the area to provide our DelFest families with a magical and fun-packed weekend. Our crafting activities are some of the most popular activities we offer and they give children the freedom to roll up their little sleeves and create one of a kind works of art. The KidsZone welcomes the doodlers, the daydreamers, the shade dwellers, spectators, and the soon-to-be scholars. All are welcome to watch and enjoy, or jump right in! 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
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!
Frolic the Fox (featuring Kathryn Para): NEW to the DelFest Family this year!! Frolic the Fox is a magical, musical fox who reminds families that kindness, imagination, curiosity, reading, exploration, and creativity make fairy dust–the magic of life. Frolic the Fox performs original songs, ditties, poems and stories with Stringly, her ukulele.
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 10:45am and make our way around the Grandstand field where we HOOT and HOLLER and make our presence known to all….we are DelKids…and we are AMAZING!!
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.
“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 10:00am – 2:00pm
Local artists engage our kids with their new program – STEAM – now they’ve added the “A” for Art into STEM!! In this new program, kids might build a robot and then paint it, or draw their structure before they create it out of toothpicks and marshmallows! They may participate in a slime lab that talks about non-Newtonian fluids (science), while also creating and mixing colors and objects into it (art/color theory). Fun projects are always in store with this fantastic group.
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.