The museum will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 28 due to the Akron Marathon.

Akron Kids Fest

Sat, 06/20/2020
10:00am - 4:00pm
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A FREE CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL designed to bring kids, teens and families from across our community to the heart of Akron to GROW, INSPIRE, and MOTIVATE YOUNG MINDS through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) related play.

Timeline of Activities

Click here for a printable map with activity locations.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
10:00AM - 4:00PM

Lock 3 Park
200 S Main St.
Akron, OH 44308




All Day Activities


Rocket League is a vehicular soccer game. Teams of 3 players control 3 rocket-powered cars which they need to use in order to hit the ball into the goal in order to score. Highest score after 5 minutes wins! Sign up with your friends or sign up solo and meet some new ones to compete against another team of Kids Fest Attendees! Use the same state-of-the-art gaming PCs that are used by the National Collegiate Rocket League Champions, Akron Esports to get the best test of your Rocket League skill.   Click here to learn more about UA Esports.


IMG 0150The University of Akron’s Urban STEM Center will have 3 levels of interactive and hands on robotic displays. It is for kindergarten all the way to high school aged kids.

Chess Tournament

Akron KidsFest Chess Tournament is hosted by senior chess instructor David Bills. Registration is limited to 100 participants. The tournament will kick off at 10:30 am on June 15th. Medals will be awarded to the winners! This activitiy is for children 18 and under. Fill out the registration form below to register for this free event.

Special thanks to David Bills for hosting this event. Please click here for more information for Chess Camp hosted by David in July.

Paper Rockets / Rocket Displays

The University of Akron Akronauts will run an activity helping the kids build and launch paper rockets at KidsFest. This activity will run all day long and is geared toward elementary and middle school aged kids.


Building Character through Make and Takes, hosted by Smile Inside

Squeezies! - Make and Take a Stress Ball 
How do you get your mad out? Is it safe? Make a stress ball so you can squeeze your “mad" into the Squeezie!
Ages: 4 and up
Chillaxing –Make and Take a Calming Bottle 
Sometimes we get shaken up inside - sad, upset, or confused. Learn how a calming bottle can help and create one to help you calm down at home.
Ages: 4 and up
Trace that Face – Make and Take an Emoji Drawing 
Play a round of “Feel” in the Blanks and pick an emoji-style face to trace and color.
Ages: 4 and up
#lovelookslikethis – Contribute your artwork to a community-created collage!
Ages: 4 and up
If love was colorful, what do you think it might look like? Watch the colors of love spread using coffee filters, markers, and water. 
Ages: 4 and up
Musical Mandalas – Color in a Mandala 
Coloring in a mandala will help you learn to focus, pay attention longer and grow your grit. And did you know that music can change your mood?
Ages: 8 and up
Scruples and Strengths – Make and Take a Bracelet
Play a round of Scruples for Kids and create a bracelet based on your personal strengths.
Ages: 8 and up


Human Foosball

human foosballChallenge your friends and family to a game of Human Foosball!

Instrument Petting Zoo

A space for kids to experiment and try out different instruments in the woodwind family, brass family, string family, and percussion family.  Kids will learn how to make their first sounds on an instrument as well as a few note, how to hold the instrument and how to take care of it.  Presented by the rock star staff from Rising Star Center for the Arts. 

Soap Box Derby


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soapbox Soap Box Derby Mini Car Races – Kids can race an official Soap Box Derby Mini Car down the track to see who has the best time.

Cardboard Building

IMG 0135Follow architectural blueprints to build cardboard buildings and creations!

National Inventors Hall of Fame



Magnetic SlimeMagnetic Slime

Learn about non-Newtonian fluids while having some fun with slime! Explore slime by seeing how it reacts as they squeeze it and by making the slime move with magnets.


Hydrophobic SandHydrophobic Sand

Learn about hydrophobic molecules while playing with some sand! Explore this unique sand by seeing how it repels water and absorbs oil.


Summit County Metro Parks


Jumbo Building Blocks

IMG 1292Endless possibilities building with jumbo building blocks, car chassis, and imagination blocks!

Poetic Chalkboard

poetryCome and express yourself on the Poetic Chalkboard with local poet Jason Blakely and Poetry is Life Publishing. We will be decorating the blacktop and sidewalks with our poetry in wonderful, colorful chalk!

KidsFest/ ACM Temporary Tattoos and Face Painting

Be sure to get your KidsFest and Akron Children’s Museum temporary tattoos!  We will also have a face painter on site!

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Rising Stars Performances


Limited Time Activities

Jr Chef Competition 

There are 3 different aged levels of competitions: preschool, elementary/middle school, and high school aged teams will compete to display their culinary skills against each other. Each level will have a mystery basket to work from, and their final creation will be sampled by our 3 Judges to crown winners!

4 - 6 year old event - 10:15 am - 10:45 am on the stage - click here to register
7 - 12 year old event - 1:05 pm - 1:35 pm on the stage - click here to register
13 - 18 year old event - 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm on the stage - click here to register

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Dancing Around The World - 10:45AM - 1:30PM

Professional dancer and choreographer Brian Murphy will teach kids a dance to be performed in front of a green screen, produced into a video, and posted on the KidsFest Youtube channel!
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Balloon Twisters - 11:00AM - 3:00PM

Rick Everhart has been twisting balloon sculptures all over Ohio for the past 19 years. The Twin's Day Festival, Tim Tebow's, "A Night to Shine", Miss Ohio Events, Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern, and many other venues have hired Rick to entertain their guests. Children and adults always walk away with a smile and anything ranging from a monkey on a palm tree to an alien hat.

Characters at the event - 11:00AM - 3:00PM with a character performance at 11:30AM

The Snow Queen, Ice Princess, Polynesian Princess, and Ocean Voyager will be at KidsFest from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm for meet and greet and pictures! Don’t miss their special performance on stage from 11:30 am until 11:50 am!

Magical Science - On stage from 12:05 - 12:45pm

Magical Science!! science magic show

Witness as a gummy bear disappears into a dazzling display of fireworks. Be astonished as elephant toothpaste explodes high into the air. Be astounded as a 3,000-year-old genie is summoned from a bottle to reveal the mysteries of the ancient universe. Answer burning questions such as: Can swimming eggs fly? What are Frankenstein’s teeth made of? And why are goopy goobers so goopy? Performed by Dr. Regan Silvestri, a.k.a. Professor Reggie, The Rock'n'Roll Doctor, -Professor of Chemistry at Lorain County Comunity College. Science can be fun, and yes, even entertaining!

Zippy - 1:00PM - 2:00PM

IMG 0138Appearance of everyone’s favorite kangaroo, The University of Akron’s Zippy!

Slam Dunk Contest - 2:00PM - 3:00PM

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Watch as some of the premier dunkers from northeast Ohio compete in the KidsFest Slam Dunk Contest! Local celebrity judges will determine the winner for a cash prize and the coveted Akron KidsFest Slam Dunk trophy!! (shorter hoops available all day for kids to dunk on)

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Ninja Course

Kids of all ages can test their strength, endurance, coordination, agility, and balance in the Akron Children’s Museum Monster Mission ninja course!  Kids will be coached on the course by professional ninja trainer and owner of the Ninja Hub, Tim Adam.


Interested in volunteering? We would love your help! Please click here to sign up to help make Akron KidsFest a success, or contact us at


ASL Student Interpreters will be available on site courtesy of Kent State University.

Special thanks to the following sponsors:
















Please click here for additional information on how to become a sponsor for this event!