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.
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.
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.
The 2016 Kidzone Schedule will be posted in the coming months. In the meantime, here are some of the activities we enjoyed in 2015.
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 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!
One World Puppetry The troupe of beloved puppets will present daily children’s puppet shows and meandering life-sized puppets will interact with the crowds throughout the festival (they will join a Kids Parade on Sunday at 11:30am). A sock puppet-making workshop will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, consisting of step-by-step guidance on making take-home puppets that will perform in their very own puppet show, if desired.
Ed “The Caricature Guy” Smith from Plymouth, MA will be drawing you and your friends in DelFest fun! A great souvenir to bring home!
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 throughout the community to provide a positive, engaging and inspiring art experience. Fun art projects including watermelon fans, sun visors 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.
Hooping! Sat 2-2:45pm
Yamni Arts will teach kids how to hoop, do fun tricks and play circle games.