Throughout the Festival, guests of all ages have the opportunity to get creative and hands-on with art, music, dance and more! These activities can be found throughout the Festival at sponsor booths and the Creative Zone.
BOOM ART! Suspended 30 feet high from their all-new, all-electric bucket truck, MidAmerican Energy presents BOOM ART, an Interactive Mural Project. Taking our fascination with doodling to a whole new level, join other festival guests as you illustrate our unique pattern design and watch as the finished mural rises above the streets during the three-day festival.
Screen Print with ArtForce Iowa
ArtForce Iowa was founded in 2012 by a group of concerned citizens. ArtForce Iowa is a 501c3 non-profit with a mission to transform youth in need through art. We seek to offer the most at-risk youth in the community a supportive environment by using art as a catalyst for communication, expression, self-esteem, hope, and future success. All programs are based on our three-force model: artforce, workforce and lifeforce. ArtForce Iowa’s three-force model incorporates life and work skills, mentorship, and advocacy into the art of creative expression. ArtForce Iowa has three programs designed on this model: Creative Pathways, DSM Heroes, and StreetCred Studios.
ArtForce Iowa will be offering a variety of creative designs you can print on your own t-shirt or tote bag. You can find them on Locust Street at the 13th Street intersection.
The Knotty Nail
Visit The Knotty Nail tent and discover the latest art trend - string art! Using a hammer, nails and string, you'll be guided through a step-by-step art experience and finish with a unique art piece for your home. Choose from several patterns and unlimited colors to customize your design. Perfect for children and adults! The Knotty Nail tent is located on Grand Ave and 13th Street.
HOMEMADE DOY TOYS
Come and create dog and cat toys for your favorite pup and kitty or for ours to play with!
FLEECE CAT TOYS
Make a fleece cat toy for your favorite furry friend and make one for the cats at the shelter!
SCULPT A LEAF
Make a beautiful leaf out of different colors of tissue paper and coffee filters!
Come make a seed ball! Ingredients include clay, native Iowa prairie seeds, organic soil, and tissue paper!
Take photos and videos of you and your friends reciting plays and musicals in a photo/video booth with costumes, props, and various backdrops!
DESIGN A BOOKMARK
Design something special using markers, paints, and everyday household items to create a unique piece of art, then turn it into a bookmark!
Design your own food mobile and include all your favorite foods!
Cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of your new business! You can also create a picture frame out of popsicle sticks and other materials to put your picture in!
Decorate a Lebkuchen Herzen to wear around the festival!
Make your very own button to wear throughout the festival!
Come and draw your own piece of artwork on our benches for our new skatepark!
Create multi-media buttons and magnets out of recycled materials such as comic books, old Des Moines Social Club posters, fabrics straps and more!
Generate your own Styrofoam square impressions with whatever image you choose! You can also get your picture taken with the “Let your Spirit Soar” banner!
Come, create and take home different kinds of slime!
Decorate a walking stick, build your own a birdhouse, or make a monarch bomb with Friends of Des Moines Parks!
FORTUNE COOKIE FUN
Fold a paper fortune cookie and decorate it with markers, crayons, pens, and more!
Paint your own rock of KINDNESS. Decorate your rock with paint pens and sharpies to show your idea of KINDNESS!
Draw a self-portrait of yourself using watercolors, markers, crayons, colored pencils, and more!
Make your own instrument with the Iowa Youth Chorus. Instruments include an egg shaker, tambourines, harmonicas, and tom-tom drums. You can also take part in solfege tutorials!
Come learn a simple, easy, and fun dance while broadcasting yourself on our screen with different props and clothing!
Learn how to make yarn out of everyday materials like t-shirts!
Create your own bracelets and necklaces out of upcycled t-shirts. You can also make a tote bag and headbands out of these t-shirts as well!
Form different designs with just your thumb and paint during Positive Impact Media’s thumb painting activity!
DANCE IT OUT
Put your moves to the test with Salsa of Des Moines as they teach the art of Latin dancing!
FISH LINE FUN
Decorate a paper fish with glitter, crayons, markers, or tinsel and attach it to a “fish line” to make a kite or a makeshift fish line!
Experience what it’s like to be in a Broadway show with visual reality technology, learn several magic tricks, and make an edible balloon to take home!
FACTS AND PHOTOS
Select a famous painting and stand in front of a green-screen to become a part of the masterpiece! You can print out the picture and take it with you. Share it on social media with the hashtag #mymasterpiece!