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2017 Festival Partners and Tent Activities

The annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival highlights performance artists from around the world for young audiences and their families. Between performances, Festival-goers can enjoy activities in the surrounding parks, which include free art-making activities hosted by our Festival Partners. Each Festival Partner’s involvement is vitally important in the celebration of each child’s imaginative spirit! Below is a list of this year’s Festival Partners.

 

Autism Society of Minnesota

Autism Inclusion Square: Through a popular game most known as “Fortuneteller,” children young and old will learn how to interact with one another on a deeper level, through conversation building skills!

Age Recommendation: 6+


Bell Museum and Planetarium

Pollinator Patrol: Put together your very own seed bombs while learning about our native and non-native pollinators. Also, color and take home a pollinator sun catcher!

Age Recommendation: All Ages


Blast Off to Kindergarten (SPPS)

Maracas: Families will create maracas out of recycled materials.  Come make some music!

Age Recommendation: All Ages


Child Reach Uganda

Omweso: Brought to Africa over 3,000 years ago by people from the Arab counties, Mancala in East Africa, Uganda is known as “Omweso.” Using egg cartons, beans and buttons, make your own game “board” and learn how to play!

Age Recommendation: 5+


Children’s Theatre Company

Color A Crown: Color in your very own Lorax crown, complete with funny mustache! Add Truffula Trees and your own creative flair to this wearable activity.

Age Recommendation: All Ages


East Side Arts Council

SCHOOL WEEK ONLY

Watercolor Explosions: Learn an interesting and really explorative art technique, blowing through straws to create explosive watercolor images on paper. Explore energy, color, and motion through ART!

Age Recommendation: All Ages


Hoang Anh Vietnamese Dance Group

Myths and Legends: Individualize Vietnamese crafts like fish origami, as well as learn about what the creations represent in Vietnamese culture. Phouc Tran, award winning Vietnamese author, storyteller, and librarian will also be sharing Vietnamese folklore. Don’t forget to snap a picture of yourself dressed in traditional Vietnamese clothing!

Age Recommendation: All Ages


India Association of Minnesota

Ceremonies and Rituals of India: Check out exhibits of Indian American culture, get Henna, take a selfie in traditional garments, and play Cricket!

Age Recommendation: 5+


 Indigenous Roots

Ancestral Stamp Art: Members of Indigenous Roots will lead participants through a hands-on screen printing process teaching the art of public expression.

Age RecommendationAll Ages


Minnesota Cambodian Communities Council

Bos Angkunh & Tres: Learn about Cambodian culture through traditional games and also participate in a bamboo dance demonstrations!

Age Recommendation: 4+


Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Make A Book: Create your own accordion book, by folding a long sheet of paper and decorating to your individual style, just like the ones found in both ancient and contemporary bookbinding traditions. Add content to your book to tell your own personal story!

Age Recommendation: All Ages


Minnesota Children’s Museum

Big Healthy Fun: Jump around and let off some steam by engaging with this active equipment while encouraging healthy habits, adult involvement, strength of fine motor skills, early math skills, and understanding of symmetry/balance.

Age Recommendation: All Ages


Minnesota History Center

Animal Hero of WWI: Assemble a paper model of the valiant homing pigeon, Cher Ami (Dear Friend), who helped to
save over 200 of her human comrades during WWI!

Age Recommendation: 5+


Saint Paul Fire Department

SCHOOL WEEK ONLY

Smoke Alarm Safety Face: Learn about fire safety by creating your own smoke alarm face on a paper plate. Glue a message on the back reminding your parents to check their smoke alarms to make sure they are working!

Age Recommendation: All Ages


Saint Paul Public Schools

Cardboard Creation: Families will be able to design and build 3-D structures out of cardboard shapes.  Come learn about creating and constructing in our world.

Age Recommendation: 5+


Science Museum of Minnesota

Zoetropes & Thaumatrope: Design your own simple animation devices! Create the illusion of motion through spinning wheel pictures and a simple two frame animation coin!

Age Recommendation: 5+


Silverwood Park (Three Rivers Park District)

SCHOOL WEEK ONLY

Poe-Tree: First learn about nature through hands on interpretive materials, then create your very own a take home accordion tree poetry book, and lastly, don’t forget to design a leaf to hang on our community tree project!

Age Recommendation: All Ages


Stages Theatre Company

Freak Flag: Help us celebrate Shrek the Musical!, this summer. Decorate your own Freak Flag, with various art materials, and be proud of what makes you, YOU! Let your freak flags fly! Raise it way up high! Let it fly, fly, fly!

Age Recommendation: All Ages


SteppingStone Theatre

Wishes for the World: Design your own magic lamp from Aladdin! Add your own three wishes for the world, in a collaborative, community art project, and take one home as well!

Age Recommendation: All Ages


VSA Minnesota

SCHOOL WEEK ONLY

No Boundaries: Accessible Printmaking: Join us for an inclusive and interactive printmaking experience using adaptive art tools created by acclaimed artist and inventor Dwayne Szot. Children of all ages and abilities can stamp and print to make their mark. Design your own stamp with foam, scissors and glue or use pre-made stamps to explore the use of color, pattern, and repetition; choose to add to the collaborative floor mural with the Art Roller (can be pushed while walking or attached to a wheelchair); stamp with the Pogo Paint Poles on a large-scale blank canvas; or use the table top printer to make a one-of-a-kind work of art to take home!

Age Recommendation: All Ages