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Kids Activities at Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids this Weekend

via flickr user Steven Depolo

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

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