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
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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.
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
Instrument Petting Zoo
Soap Box Derby
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.
National Inventors Hall of Fame
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.
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
Endless possibilities building with jumbo building blocks, car chassis, and imagination blocks!
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!
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
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!
Balloon Twisters - 11:00AM - 3:00PM
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 showWitness 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
Slam Dunk Contest - 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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)
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 email@example.com.
ASL Student Interpreters will be available on site courtesy of Kent State University.
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