Kids Program

DelFest is a family-friendly festival and a great place to bring children. Our Kid’s Area will offer a wide variety of activities for kids of all ages. Arts and crafts, assorted games and special musical performances are just some of the fun activities featured in our Kid’s Area. Friends of Deckers Creek will be back once again 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 kid’s ticket. Children ages 4 and under are free.

Family Camp

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.


Family Camp RV Passes are available for purchase for those with kiddos in tow. You’ll be placed in the Family Camp area, where it’s quieter in the evenings and more active in the mornings. Just select this option when purchasing your RV Pass. If space permits, Family Camp Parking is available by request upon arrival – must have On-Site Parking Pass.



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, helpful and kind and will help in any way to get you safely reunited.

2013 Schedule Highlights

(2014 Schedule TBA)

Kidzone Hours: Fri – Sun 9-11:30am; 1-6pm

Please note: This is NOT childcare. Kids under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ash Street Puppet Works will be here in full force with workshops for painting, mache and puppeteering. You will get to help create these amazing creatures and we will teach you how to use them. They will join a Kids Parade on Sunday at 11:30am (weather permitting)!

The Allegany County Arts Council “ARTs BUS”
Open Fri – Sun 9:30 – 11:30 and 1:30 – 4:30
A colorful art-mobile in which local artists travel throughout the community to provide a positive, engaging, and inspiring art experience. Fun art projects including banjo fans, sun visors, and more!

Come join the Friends of Deckers Creek and Friends of the Cheat to learn about your outdoor environment!

AMD Tie Dye Part 1: Fri, 10:30-11:30am
Get twisted making AMD tie dyes! 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.

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!

Stream Bug Workshop: Sun, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Did you know that a dragonfly lives for 2 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.

Kids Music: Saturday, 3pm
Cumberland Rock School students perform bluegrass with a kick!

Other Happenings in the Kidzone
Sing Along presented by Tri-State Arts: Fri, 4pm; Sat 4pm
Kids Hooping: Sat, 2pm
Instrument Petting Zoo(presented by Tri-State Arts): Sun, 4pm