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Kids Love Coming to the BC Arts Festival!

On select days during the festival the 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, play with instruments, 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

In past years, some of the various student groups that perform at Arts Fest have lead 20-30 minute activities to engage kids in what they are passionate about. Children have been able to participate in mini-sessions on dance, singing, and improvisation. Every year the chlidren and parents have loved being introduced to new styles of performance and art.




Story Hour

In previous years BC volunteers from the School of Education have picked their favorite childhood stories to read for pre-school and elementary children. Children have then been able to participate in the story telling!  







Children's Theatre

In past years BC's Creative Dramatics class have presented live performances for children to enjoy.  





Instrument Petting Zoo

This past year BC band students have given children an opportunity to touch, feel, and play the brass instruments - trumpet, trombone, French horn, and tuba. This has been a great way to get kids of all ages 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 tend to run from noon to 5 p.m. on a specific festival day. 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.