Kids Activities and Games

Tug of Garlic!The festival is family friendly and rich with fabulous art, nature and adventure activities for kids and families! In 2019 the Festival will beheld on September 28 and 29.  Check back here later in the year to learn about what is in store for you and your family in 2019.

In addition to games, like Tug of Garlic, the Kids Activity Tent offers arts and crafts with a Climate Action Now message.  It is always a hub of activities centered around protecting our ecosystem now and for coming generations.  Come and see how you can get involved in the growing movement for climate justice!

Check out the giant “The World We Love” globe crafted by Terri Bucci and Bruce Scherer and add your hopes and dreams for a world that sustains and nourishes life.  This tent will feature arts-based, hands-on kids activities and face-painting.  We will be joined by Sugar Shack Alliance, other climate activists, and a team of people organizing to Get Out the Vote!

Be sure to pick up a packet of Bee the Change pollinator seeds from American Meadows at the Kids Tent — a gift from the festival to sow goodness far and wide.  The kids area is located at a spot up the hill from the Main Stage between the upper Food Court and Spoken Word Stage.  Free and fun!

Meet here to begin the 20th Anniversary Parade on Sunday at 3 PM.  And twice each day the MuZen Creative Puppet Theater will present “Grandma Forster’s Tales of the Farm,” a puppet play that tells the story of how the Forster Farm came to be and the generosity that grew from it, including becoming the home for the Garlic and Arts Festival for the past 19 years.  All told by Grandma Forster herself!  Look for the Puppet Theater on the hillside below the Bread Oven.  Check the schedules for performance times.

Other 2018 kid’s activities included:

  • The popular Skeleton Crew theater will be back roaming the fields from 11-4 both days!
  • Hoola Hooping with Alotta Hoopla plus special demonstrations at 2:30 PM each day
  • Henna with Kelly and facepainting with Three Sisters (modest fee)
  • Horse-drawn hayrides with Brian Hubbard leave from the top of the hill beyond the Food Court. (Modest fee)
  • Experience a rare and amazing collection: Two Horses Native Artifact collection and education from 12:00 to 2:00 each day:  stone arrowheads of various sizes and purposes, spear and knife heads, tools and sacred effigies.  The collection is shared by Walt Two Horses and Jetta Petrie
  • N. E. Wilderness Bushcraft will offer ongoing demonstrations of Natural Tinder Gathering and Firecraft as well as Camp crafting of furniture.

Garlic games takes place throughout the weekend. See the schedule for times. Allium (that’s latin for garlic) antics take place in the games area in front of the Seeds of Solidarity tent and include:

  • Garlic and Egg Toss
  • Garlic Sack Race
  • Tug of Garlic…
  • And, do not miss the famous Raw Garlic Eating Contest led by gamesmaster for 20 years running, Josh Habib, at 3 PM on Saturday in front of the Seeds of Solidarity tent! (where you can sign up earlier in the day to participate) See if you can eat over 30 cloves like the winners… or at least try one then cheer them on and enjoy the antics.

Be sure to visit the Family Stage for a fabulous line-up of performers. And there are lots of on-going demos at artist and agriculture booths that are great for all ages, as well as exciting and educational activities in the Portal to the Future.