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.
The 2018 KIDSZONE SCHEDULE will be announced in the Spring. For an idea of activities included, see the 2017 schedule below.
Friday – Sunday 9-11:30am and 1-7pm
PLEASE VISIT THE KIDZONE FOR A POSTED LIST OF DAILY ACTIVITIES AND FUN! (Activities and entertainment will be added)
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.
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!
Paige Clem‘s Write-a-Song-Along! All ages are invited to join singer-songwriter Paige Clem in her fun improvisational, interactive, informal musical session designed for kids to exercise their creativity by making up songs about… anything! Paige will help the kids pick a topic to sing about, find fun rhymes and piece together a story made from their ideas. Once the words are written, Paige will help find a simple rhythm and melody to bring it all together, and together the group will sing their song! Check out the song the kids wrote in 2016!
Andy “The Music Man” Morse The musical foundation of children starts early with Andy “The Music Man’s” interactive shows. Sing-a-longs, dancing, play-acting and storytelling await your family’s musical adventures on Saturday and Sunday. Set Times will be posted. www.andysings.com www.thewheelband.com
Jesse Bardwell Rollin down from the Pocono hills, singer-songwriter Jesse Bardwell puts on a fun and spirited performance of some of today’s youngin’s favorite hits such as: The Wheels on the Bus, How Much is that Doggy and The Littlest Worm. Not straying too far from the kid’s canon, he’ll deliver a few in friendly fashion for mom and dad, too!
Jungle Yoga Sat, 2:15 – 2:45pm – Caroline will lead DelFest’s kids on an imaginary journey through the jungle, where she will guide the kids into yoga postures inspired by the animals, plants, trees and other things that you find in the jungle. The class will incorporate breathing techniques, a fun playlist, and a message of peace. All ages welcome!
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!
Ash Street Puppetworks is back! We look forward to meeting the new characters they bring with them this year…we can’t wait to see Del the Duck and he’s always up for a Walkabout!
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!
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!
Hoop Dance Flowshop Sat 2-2:45pm
Join Soolah as she hosts a fun hula hoop flowshop for all ages. Kids will explore exercise, learn about the different types of hoop dance, movement, tricks and play games. The class includes warm ups, basic hoop skills, turning, walking, and hooping on waist and arms. So come learn some play with Soolah Hoops!
Young Yogis Sat 3:15 – 3:45pm
A supportive environment where children can learn how to incorporate the principles of yoga into their daily lives. The class is designed to let budding yogis explore poses, build self esteem, and have fun!
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.