Festival for Kids

Art Yard: Into the Future!

This festival within the Festival is a happy place where budding young artists get their hands dirty, their wiggles out, their imaginations stirred, and their universes expanded. Here young children collaborate with on-site sculptures, create make-and-take projects with some of Salt Lake’s most creative nonprofit organizations, watch some creative films with Fear No Film Kids, and play an instrument!

Take a trip “into the future” in the Art Yard. What do you predict the future will look like? Your creativity will help us create a future world for all to enjoy. Some exciting installations that all kids can work on:

  • Contemporary Car: How will we commute in the future? Help us design our futuristic car.
  • Little Robots: Robots are becoming more and more part of our everyday life. These little helpers could use your programming input with color and design.
  • Future Fashion: What will humans wear in the future? Become a fashion designer and inspire the fashion industry with us!
  • Wall of Fortune: What do you predict our world will look like? Write, draw and paint your ideas on the wall of fortune.

Summerhays Music Center Instrument Petting Zoo

Have you ever wondered what it is like to play a band or string instrument? Can you see yourself or your child playing an instrument in the future? Come visit Summerhays Music in the Children’s Art Yard and test a musical instrument. Anyone can do it - we will have experts there to help you make your first sound on an instrument! Instruments are well sanitized before they are played.

Make & Take Projects

Every year the Utah Arts Festival partners with local nonprofits to make the Art Yard a dynamic place of wonder for Festival-going kids. Here’s who you’ll find at this year’s Yard:

  • Art Access: Art Access invites people of all backgrounds to discover and celebrate our common humanity. We provide creative opportunities for exploring diverse life stories through the visual, literary, and performing arts. Come join us in the Art Yard to create your own cosmic sci-art creation!
  • Natural History Museum of Utah: What can the past tell us about the future? Join the Natural History Museum of Utah and explore the creative connection between the past, present, and future!
  • Tracy Aviary: Tracy Aviary inspires curiosity and caring for birds and nature through education and conservation. We want to teach children how to build their own seed bombs so that they are able to contribute to a greener and cleaner future.
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art: What promises does the future hold? What are your dreams and hopes for what is yet to come? Personalize your own colorful Wishing Jar and fill it to the brim with your wishes for what might someday be.
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts: Join the Utah Museum of Fine Arts as we look “into the future” by making time capsules. Record your favorite food, create art, and predict the future, all in your own tiny time capsule. Then open it up in a year and see how things have changed! umfa.utah.edu
  • Craft Lake City: Craft Lake City inspires and educates youth in our community through arts and STEM programs. Find us at the Festival to participate in a creative LED project and help us encourage children to creatively engineer the future.”

PB&J Booth

Everyone’s favorite comfort food, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and milk, is available for anyone craving a good old-fashioned treat.

Fear No Film Kids!

KIDS! 3 and up

Screened every half hour in the Art Yard, Noon–8PM

  • This Time It’s Shopping, 4 min, Maine
  • Elephant and Friends, 2 min, Utah
  • Movies in Clay, 3 min, Canada
  • The Midnight Tourist, 5 min, Washington
  • Farewell, My Short, But Brilliant Life, 3 min, New York
  • This is a Ball, 4 min, New York

KIDS! 8 and up

Screened hourly in the Art Yard, Noon–8PM

  • Eye of India, 3 min, India
  • Skin, 7 min, United Arab Emirates
  • The Pitch, 22 min, California
  • Bubble Yum, 3 min, Illinois
  • Tiger, 9 min, Pennsylvania
  • Mirrors, 7 min, Israel
  • Forget-me-not by Milkhouse, 4 min, Iceland

Main Library Attractions for Kids

SLC Ballet

Thu, June 23, 2PM, Library Children’s Department

Kids will enjoy a short dance class and performancewith students and professional dancers of SLC Ballet.

Mini Maker Saturdays

Sat, June 25, 1PM, Main Library Children’s Department

Explore, create and imagine in this maker programespecially for kids.

Felt Artist Demonstration

Sat, June 25, 2PM, Main Library Children’s Department

Artist, Ida Hale, will demonstrate the basics of felting for all ages.

More for Kids

  • The Mad Hatter Hands-on projects creating hats out of a paper bag and art supplies.
  • Toddler Zone An area designed specifically for the under 4 crowd featuring storytelling.
  • Face Painting Face painting and airbrush tattoos.