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!
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.
Take photos and videos in a photo/ video booth with costumes, props and backgrounds for people to recite plays and musicals.
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!
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.
Design a button so you can wear your new artwork all day long.
Tie-dye a cloth and get your face painted!
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.
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.