Festival of the Arts is this Friday through Sunday downtown Grand Rapids! There is tons to do for kids of all ages-- but if you're specifically looking for where to go and what do with your youngsters, check out the handy guide below. Download a map here.

Activity Time & Location

Chalk the Walk

Create sidewalk art with chalk

  • Federal Building Lawn

diSuvero Swing

Take a ride in the gigantic tire swing

  • Federal Building Lawn

Face Painting

Choose a design and have it painted on your face!

  • Federal Building Lawn

Glue In

Make a work of art using wood, glue, and other recycled materials

  • Fifth Third Parking Lot

Grace Wolbrink

Hip Hop Growl Around Tales

  • Saturday 12:00pmCounty Courthouse

Gretchen Weaver

Musical Tales with Instruments

  • Saturday 12:45pmCounty Courthouse

Kevin Kammeraad

Poetry, Puppetry, Music and More

  • Saturday 1:30pmCounty Courthouse


Get creative with volunteers from Cook Arts Center

Sunday, 11 am-3:30 pm

Make cool paper airplanes with volunteers from the Grand Rapids Public Library

Saturday 3:00-7:30pm

A delightful art activity with volunteers from the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

Saturday 10am-3pm

A fun art activity with volunteers from Kendall College of Art and Design

  • Monroe Center
  • Monroe Center
  • Monroe Center
  • Monroe Center

Mad Hatter

Make your own fanciful hat, on Wege Plaza in front of the Grand Rapids Art Museum

  • GR Art Museum

Mr. Picklehead’s Dilly Songs

Delightful and silly songs for kids! Join Mr. Picklehead’s sing-a-long!

  • Saturday 12:15pmFountain Stage

Paint In

Kids can paint a masterpiece using washable paints

  • Fifth Third Parking Lot


Learn the art of silkscreening

Friday Noon-7:30pm

Saturday 10am-7:30pm

Sunday 11am-3:30pm

  • Behind City Hall

Steve Falvo

Story Daze

  • Saturday 5:00pmCounty Courthouse

Story Spinners of Grand Rapids

Open Mic – Bring a Listener

Folktales From Around the World

  • Friday 5:00pmCounty Courthouse
  • Sunday 4:00pmCounty Courthouse

Story Spins U-A-TURN!  Story Involvement for Audiences of ALL Ages

Storyteller Grace Wolbrink and Dancer/Choreographer Andrea’ Nightingale

  • Friday 12:30pmAdult Involvement Area

Storyteller David Strong

Pirates on the Grand River

  • Saturday 5:45pmCounty Courthouse
  • Sunday 2:15pmCounty Courthouse

Storyteller Merrilie Benthin

Off to the Peace Corps

  • Saturday 6:30pmCounty Courthouse

Swing ‘n Art

Create one-of-a-kind two-dimensional art

  • West Side of the County Bldg.


  • Sunday 3:00pmAdult Involvement Area

What Floats Your Boat?

Build a boat inspired by Grand Rapids impressionist painter Mathias Alten

  • GR Art Museum