annual event hosted by Yuma's Department of Parks and Recreation. Kids create masterpieces at a variety of outdoor booths.
Main Street is transformed into a creative child’s paradise for this festival. My children (ages 1-10) were in awe at all there was to create. We spent about two hours at the festival and would have lingered longer if one of the kids hadn’t gotten sick.
This annual festival has been held for over 20 years and Yuma’s Parks and Recreation Department has made it great over that time. Over 30 booths line the streets and each booth provides a different craft for the children to make, FOR FREE! The city provides bags for the children to collect their creations in as they move around the festival. The sponsors of each booth choose their own craft so there is lots of variety. My children especially enjoyed making seashell prints in clay and painting little surfboards. All the crafts seemed to work for most ages because older kids (or adults) could make their creations more complex while the little ones kept it simple.
In addition to crafting, there is also food and entertainment. Food trucks offer delicious choices in case you get hungry while crafting. Some of the restaurants on that block of Main Street also offer discounts on kid’s meals during the festival. Music plays throughout the festival but at certain times, there are local performers. Most of these are children since this festival is all about the kids. We watched some great karate students displaying their moves.
If you come to this festival, make sure to stop into the Yuma Arts Center. The gallery is full of artwork by Yuma students. The level of talent of some of these children is amazing!
This is a great hands-on event for all ages. We saw lots of families and even some adults without kids. I would recommend timing a Yuma visit around this event.