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Kids Love Coming to the BC Arts Festival!

On Saturday, April 26th, Arts Fest provides special programming for kids. Children can paint, color, glue, dig their hands in clay, listen to stories, see all types of performances, and have their faces painted. Our goal is to engage kids with all forms of art and introduce them to a host of new experiences. Come join the fun!




Arts 'n' Crafts

Kids love these hands-on activities facilitated by BC volunteers. Activities vary each year, but have included making tambourines, decorating masks and bookmarks, making pipecleaner 'monsters', sidewalk chalk, and decorating a pot to plant a seed in. We also have face painting and cookie decorating every year.




Interactive activities

This year, some of the various student groups that perform at Arts Fest will lead 20-30 minute activities to engage kids in what they are passionate about. Stick around throughout the day for your children to participate in these mini-sessions on dance, singing, and improvisation. Children will be introduced to new styles of performance and art.




Story Hour

BC volunteers from the School of Education will pick their favorite childhood stories to read for pre-school and elementary children. Children will love being able to participate in the story telling!







Children's Theatre

This year BC's Creative Dramatics class will present a live performance of original show, The Nick of Time. When Elbow, a distractible boy, finds himself pulled along with a group of would-be pirates who grab free rides on cosmic Trains of Thought, he finds that sometimes, a different way of looking at things is exactly what is needed. Appropriate for all ages.




Instrument Petting Zoo

BC band students will give children an opportunity to touch, feel, and play the brass instruments - trumpet, trombone, French horn, and tuba. A great way to get them interested in music and band.






What age should my children be? Activities are designed for elementary aged children, and preschoolers will certainly be able to participate. Older children are sure to be entertained by the dance and a cappella showcases, as well as other performances and art installations. Bring the whole family!

Will I have to spend a lot of money? No! All activities are free. Food can be purchased at the festival.

Are there bathroom facilities? Yes, in Stokes Hall, Gasson Hall, Devlin Hall, and the O'Neill Library – four buildings surrounding Stokes Lawn and O'Neill Plaza.

What if the weather is bad? In the event of inclement weather, all outdoor activities will still take place at an indoor location. Rain or shine, we always have fun.

Will there be a lot of walking to do? Once you get to the festival site, everything is very close and "stroller-accessible". Depending on where you park, there may be 5-10 minutes of walking. With small children, we recommend parking in the Commonwealth Avenue garage and taking the elevator to the 7th floor. From there, the walk is about three minutes.  Directions

How long should we plan to spend at the festival? ? Children’s Activities runs from noon to 5pm on Saturday, April 26th. Each crafts activity is set up separately, so you can choose to do some and not others - depending on the amount of time you want to spend. Check the schedule to find out when our Children’s programming is happening. There are continuing performances from noon to 5:00 PM in the main tent and the art exhibitions can be explored all day.