June 22 - 24, 2018 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM I Sunday 11AM - 5PM
20 Years!

Interactive Arts

WINNER - Best Children's Programming
~ International Festivals & Events Association

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.

Newspaper Pirate Hats!

The Des Moines Register newspaper hat. All ages are welcome to stop by The Des Moines Register booth and make a newspaper pirate hat. Keep it simple with just the newsprint or let your creativity sail by adding beads, feathers, or color to your hat. Get caught up in the fun! 

Light Exposure Art

Learn the art of cyanotype printing and expose a cyanotype in the sun or light box.

Homemade Dog Toy

Make a homemade fleece dog toy for your favorite dog!

Animal Mask

Make an animal mask with a cut out of either a cat, dog or rabbit!


Create and assemble a butterfly, or make a “seed bomb” where you roll seeds for a butterfly garden into a ball of clay.

Photo Booth

Take photos and videos in a photo/ video booth with costumes, props and backgrounds for people to recite plays and musicals.

Cool Art

Make your very own fan out of paper plates and popsicle sticks and then use it as a puppet at home – Create your own art and keep cool with it!

Ribbon Cutting

Cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of your new business! You can also create coupons and discuss sales tactics for your business.

Christmas in June

Create your very own Christmas ornament.

Button Creations

Design a button so you can wear your new artwork all day long.


Tie-dye a cloth and get your face painted!

Hunger Tree

Create your own hunger tree to start combatting and finding a solution to hunger. You can also create an acrostic with your name and brainstorm foods that start with each letter.

Be a Unicorn!

Make your own unicorn horn and transform into a unicorn as you can wear your new art piece. You can also take a photo and post it on social media to enter in a contest for a prize!

Memories to take with you

Create and decorate a book of memories to honor a loved one.

Dance and Draw

Dance, Color or complete a mini obstacle course.

Paint with a Prompt

Help paint a canvas focused on a daily question on “life,” “love” or “legacy” or do a craft with a prompt of “What fills your heart?” and create a design in a heart.

Make Music

Create your own tambourine.

Finger Print Fun

Print your thumbprint on a piece of paper then create an image using your print.

Dance It Out

Free dance lessons for learning Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Argentine Tango, and Cha Cha.

Facts and Photos

Get engaged with art history by taking your photo with a famous piece of art, and then receive a printed picture with facts about the artist and their artwork.