Kids & Family

Shakori Hills is great for families! The festival is a rich, interactive experience for children of all ages, with several special activities for kids throughout the weekend.

Near the heart of the festival grounds is the Kid’s Zone. Hands-on art projects, performances, group activities, story telling, face painting, a climbing wall and a Saturday afternoon parade! The kids village is organized by fun and creative festival volunteers. Interested in helping? Volunteer! Also check out our Kids Area Wish List to see if you may have anything lying around that could make the tent more enjoyable.

Exploring the farm is encouraged for older children — parents know they can depend on a nurturing, attentive festival staff and community to keep a watchful eye.

Camping families can choose to settle down in our quiet camping zone, a peaceful cove that is perfect for, well, quiet camping! Ask at the ticket booth when you check in.

Youth tickets (ages 13-15) are available at a reduced price, and kids 12 and under get in free!

Spring 2016 Kids & Family Info…

Kids Area

Seedlings & Sprouts

Sandbox_KidsArea_F15_©ElizabethLarsonAn area especially designed for families with children age 10 and under. Look forward to poi dance, tie-dye, giant spin art, mandalas and music workshops! Come play in the sand pile or grab a make- and-take game “to go.” Bring a book or several to share with the Shakori Hills Kids library.

Kids Tent Hours: Fri 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 9am-5:30pm

Download the Kids Area Schedule.

Seedlings Play-Time

Kids_CraftTable_F15_©ElizabethLarsonThis special programming is for the 5-and-under crowd. Join us for story/circle time, interactive hands-on centers, activities and special guests. Check at the Kids Tent for activity times. Fri-Sun 11am-2pm

Express Yourself! Areas

Version 2Find matte boards, giant weaving looms, the sand pile and creative places with paint, chalk and markers near the Kids Tent. Add your own art and style to these collaborative endeavors. Throughout the festival, with Intro Workshop: Fri 12pm

Special Activities Tent

FacePaintingFace-painting and interactive arts and interests areas with special guests dropping in through- out the weekend. Visit tents for Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, Clapping Hands Farm,The Spin Art Lady, and Katie Beth’s Learning Garden. Near the Kids Tent, Fri through Sun

Kids Arts & Crafts Market

KidsCraftsMarket_KMJ_F11Calling all people 15 and under to sell your own handmade arts and crafts! See more information in box below.* Sign-in and set-up 30 minutes prior to start time. Near the Kids Tent, Sat 3-5pm & Sun 11am-1pm

Kids Arts & Crafts Market Guidelines:
• All items must be handmade by you and sell for $5 and under.
• Sign up 30 minutes before start time.
• We have fabric for good on-the-ground display space.
• Feel free to bring setups for displaying your goods!

NOTE: This KIDS Market is specifically for items made and sold by children 15 years and younger. Parents are welcome to help and be with their kids during the market. Adults who want to sell their works must have vendor permits and sell in regular festival vending areas.

For more info:, or text or leave message at (919) 816-6677

New Workshop: Make ‘n Take ‘n Jam with Sheila

Join Sheila Fleming & team for make ‘n take musical  instruments and musical jam session. Sing, play instruments, learn rhythms, and have fun in this new workshop. Fri 4:15pm, Kids Tent.

Spread Your Musical Wings

AngelBand_keyboardgirlThe Angel Band Foundation is back with their trailer full of instruments! This 45-minute workshop features sing-a-long songs, world instrument introductions, rhythm/percussion experiments and Appalachian folk music. No instrument or experience needed! Fri 3pm

Children’s Poi Workshop

Join Albert, Nick, Hannah & Friends to make your own Poi.Then stick around and learn some basic moves with them. Sat 12pm & Sun 11am

Family Camp Circle: Fri 6-7pm

Shakori Hills Family Bingo: Sat 6-7pm

Wonderful Worms

Join the Grand Trees of Chatham for a fun afternoon learning about a tree’s best friend… the earthworm! Meet at the Kids Tent, Ages 5 & Under: Fri 12:30pm; Ages 6 & Older: Fri 1pm

Great Big Bubbles

Bubbles_F14_©KimHawksJoin the Bubble Goddess, Brenda Wallen, to learn the art and patience of creating giant bubbles from wands you make yourself (or you can just watch and pop them).  Fri 5pm, Sat 4pm & Sun 3pm

Mandala Creation

A mandala (pronounced mon-dah-lah), meaning “circle,” is a cosmic diagram: a concentric structure of balanced geometrical shapes representing unity and harmony. Join Alisa to create transient art using sand and natural objects. Fri 11:30am & Sun 10:30am

Early Morning Creativity

Join us for this morning window to create something special for Mother’s Day. Make cards, construct gifts or crochet. Fri, Sat & Sun 9am

“Treemendous” Trees Family Hike

TreemendousTree_©ElizabethLarsonJoin Andy Upshaw & Phillip Cox of Grand Trees of Chatham for a fun afternoon getting to know some of the “Treemendous” trees, critters and other features here at Shakori Hills! This activity is for ages 6 and up. Meet at the Kids Tent, Sat 3pm

Retro Crafts!

Giant Spin Art

SpinArt_SmilingFrisbee_F15_©KimHawksJoin Sandra, The Spin Art Lady, as we create giant spin art crafts for kids of all ages and make some groovy, messy art on both small and large scales. Fri 4:30pm & Sun 2pm









Come on by to “découpage”—the process of gluing torn paper, magazines and the like to other items— then embellish these recycled items into pencil holders, vases and more. Have fun making this cool art from the 1970s today! Sun 10am


Join Whitney & Friends for this Mother’s Day project! Use ship knot tying to create jewelry or hanging plant holders. Fri & Sun 1:30pm


TieDyeWorkshop_S15_©AmosPerrineJoin Vic & Crew to create a giant tie-dye banner. We’ll also have stamps and smaller-scale related projects. Bring your own cotton shirts or bandanas to take home your work. Sun 12:30pm

Family Cabaret

HobeyFordGoldenrodPuppets.webHobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets

Step into Hobey Ford’s magical world of Animalia! Explore the wonders, trials and sometimes unspeakable beauty of animals who move across the planet in search of food, shelter and often a better way of life. Sat 12:45pm

Freewheelin’ Mamas

freewheelinmamas.webThe Freewheelin’ Mamas are an Asheville-based band of dedicated mothers, business owners, educators and artists who bonded through their love of music and singing. These three friends sing together with ease and flair, delighting crowds of all ages with their unique take on traditional and contemporary music. Both children and adults will recognize some of their favorite songs. Come share in the magic of their beautiful harmonies. Sun 1:45pm

Compost Theatre

Come explore the magic, humor and joy of turning our food waste back into dirt with the oddest cast of characters! It’s fun to develop your inner composter…we promise! Sat 11:15am

Country Fresh Wake-Up with E-boo & Friends

Eboo ShowElizabeth Sauls combines old-time music and dancing with puppet fun for young audiences. The wake-up show features sea creatures, farm animals and other varmints all together in a miniature kids square dance—lots of giggles and jiggles! Sat 10am

Big Wonderful Variety Show

Acrobats, dancers and jugglers, oh my! Clapping Hands Farm presents Jimmy Magoo, Jef the Mime, Louise Omoto Kessel & Tarish Pipkins. Sun 11:15am

Jammin’ with Mr. J

Join Frank Jurado, aka “Mr. J,” on an active mu- sical journey to get your little ones’ blood AND imagination flowing! Mr. J is an experienced and multi-talented DJ/MC, Children’s Entertainer and State Certified Music Educator. Fri 11:30am

Kids Clogging Workshop

Join members of the Apple Chill Cloggers and learn some basic steps of clogging.We’ll have live tunes and lots of fun! Sun 10am

Casey’s Laugh & Learn: The Insane Science of FairyLand!

Casey's Laugh & LearnJoin Casey Nees for “The Insane Science of Fairyland!” Journey to a madcap place where wolves sneeze down houses and princes defeat dragons with the magic of science! Fri 12:45pm

Story Jam

Join renowned story-tellers Casey Nees, Cynthia Raxter and Louise Omoto Kessel as they spin their yarns celebrating the muse, the talker and tall-tale-teller! Perfect for kids of all ages! Sun 12:30pm

Kids Rise & Shine Yoga

SunriseYogaIconCome start the day with stretching, breathing, flowing and relaxing in this yoga class for children of all ages. No need to bring mats, just come with an open mind and open heart. Led by Julie Wells or Raleigh Tubb. Fri 10am, Sat & Sun 9am

The Outpost

The Outpost is an area for young people— featuring harmonica, guitar and instrument workshops, large-scale games, circus arts, improv workshops, DJ dancing, board and table games, Open Mic and lots more!

The Outpost is for people ages 10-18.

Hours are: Friday 1pm – midnight; Saturday 11am – midnight; Sunday 11am – 6pm

Download the full Outpost schedule.

Tribal Games

Play! It’s common to all people, tribes and even seems to be how many animals learn and develop skills to survive.We’ll play some games that will engage balance, finesse, teamwork and hand-eye coordination. Sun 1pm

Aerial Skills with Liz Bliss

LizBliss_Tree_S13_tanyaLiz Bliss, aerial artist extraordinaire, currently teaches aerial dance and conditioning, partner yoga and acro play, hooping, circus arts and fire safety. Stop by this workshop to learn some of her secrets and take a shot at it yourself!  Oak Tree beside The Outpost, Sun 3pm

HeadSpin Hoop Troupe Workshop & Performance

BrittneyIsopropyl_HeadspinHoopCome join Brittney Isopropyl of HeadSpin Hoop Troupe, a funky flow tribe from Greensboro, NC. This expert spinner will show you some of the latest techniques and inspire ideas to create your own moves in the Hoop Jam that follows. Workshop – Fri 5:30pm; Performance – Sat 9:30pm

Introduction to the Harmonica

Singer and multi-instrumentalist, Cary Moskovitz will teach you to play some basic chords and simple melodies together with other instruments and singers. Harmonicas available. Sat 3pm

Big Kid Games

Challenge your dexterity and strategy skills in these fun, full-body games. Fri 3pm & Sat 3:30pm

Concert: The Fernandez Sisters

fernandezsistersNC natives, Elise, Olivia and Sofia Fernandez play mainly a mix of traditional folk, Bluegrass, Celtic/ Irish, Jazz and a few originals. These teens play a variety of instruments with beautiful harmonies. Fri 7pm

Improv Workshop: Make a Scene

Young actress, stage manager and director, Maya Burgess will guide you through fun and often hilarious improvisations. Come with a creative spirit and be prepared to make a scene! Fri & Sun 12pm

Teen Open Mic

Bring out your instruments, best voice and friends, and take center stage! Open Jam intended for young musicians only. Sat 8pm

Boff Games

Join the Wandering Swordsman for this contemporary take on an age-old tradition. Competitive and cooperative, the games teach a range of disciplines including patience, humility and honor in organized, padded and combative play. Fri & Sat 1pm

Concert: Fish Dad

FishDadwebDurham’s newest teen-folk-punk band! Formed through Girls Rock NC, Fish Dad has made its place in the Triangle’s DIY scene. The band consists of front woman Alex, 15, bass lizard Claude, 15, banjo and guitarist Lily, 17, and ray-of-sunshine drummer Mary Frances, 18. Sat 7pm

Songwriting with Girls Rock NC!

GirlsRockGirls Rock NC is a NC non-profit that has been empowering girls and women through creative expression and song for over 10 years. Get some tips on writing your own song through creativity, confidence and collaboration. Sat 4pm

Therapeutic Coloring

Find your bliss in a world of mandalas, paisley and doodles. Scientists are confirming that coloring activates areas of the brain similar to deep meditation.Take a short break from the busy-ness to breathe, relax and color. Fri 10am & Sat 5:30pm

Magazine Flowers

Transform trash to treasures. Roll and fold colorful magazine pages into a beautiful blooming flower—a perfect Mothers Day gift that will not wilt. Sat 11am

Pickin’ Circle with Mason

MasonViaMason Via is a talented young NC musician and veteran of picking circles throughout the south. Bring an instrument and join the circle in a relaxed and supportive acoustic jam. Learn new tunes and bring some of your own. Fri 8:30pm

Make Your Own Tie Dye

H2O_TieDye_2shirtsJoin Julie Hardy of H2O Tie Dye for this workshop to fold and tie a shirt you can take home, in the color combination of your choice. Limited to 25 participants; sign-up sheet opens at noon. Fri 4pm

Big Kid Boogie

Put on your dancing shoes and boogie down to some new grooves and old favorites. Sat 10pm

Construct a Canjo

Ever want to join a junkyard jam? Then you may need a handmade can-jo. Engineer yourself a basic string instrument out of household items and learn the dynamics of string vibration, resonance and sound. Sat 12pm

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