Programs & Activities: Children's Activities

Children’s Folk Activities Area

Click here to find the Children's Folk Activities Area on the festival map.
Games and activities will be ongoing throughout the day, Saturday & Sunday, 12 noon – 6 p.m.

At the Great Lakes Folk Festival, children (and their adult companions) can take part in a variety of fun, participatory, and educational activities. Activities this year include a crafts and games tent and a fort-building area. The Children’s Folk Activities Area is located on the far western side of the festival site in Valley Court Park and runs from noon to 6:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday.

Fort-Building Area
In this area, festival visitors can build a real kid’s fort! Use your imagination and the scrap materials in the festival’s supply closet to construct a fort or clubhouse of your very own design.

Traditional Crafts and Games Tent
Play house using scraps and boxes. Try making a cootie catcher or friendship bracelet. Play a traditional game of marbles or jump rope. Make something to take home and share with your friends!

More about Children's Traditional Culture...
Children's culture is mostly traditional. Even in infancy children begin participating in and learning traditional games such as peek-a-boo and patty-cake. Throughout childhood and adolescence they participate in traditional learning songs, rhymes, sayings, puzzles, rituals, customs and games with their peers, older youth, and adults. Although adults are clearly important teachers of all knowledge for children, much of children's traditions are passed on continuously from child to child; children are both the teachers and the learners. By the time children enter school they are already skilled in a wide realm of knowledge areas.