Family-Friendly Fun at Arts on the Riverwalk

The Arts on the Riverwalk Festival is beginning to come together as we finalize plans for performers, workshops, food and artist vendors and many more artistic attractions. In our celebration of the visual and performing arts in our community, we have coordinated a full day of kid-friendly activities that make this festival perfect for families. From performers to workshops and "make and take" activities, Arts on the Riverwalk has something for kids (and parents) of all ages. 

Make and Take Activities

The Hoyt Center for Arts and Education will be hosting several "make and take" activities throughout the day. Check out our "make and take" tent for a chance to show off your artistic abilities with a craft you can take home with you! These projects can be easy enough for even the youngest artists, but don't worry-- there will be adult modifications so parents can make a masterpiece, too. 


With plenty of performers all day, kids and parents alike will be entertained by some of the area's best local talent. The Children's Stage (located inside the Confluence) will feature dance groups, musicians and a cello demonstration for children. Several other performers will be displaying their talents in various locations throughout the festival, including Warner Theater and street performances, so your family will be entertained all day!

Chalk the Walk Competition

Professional chalk artist Darrean Brown will be demonstrating his unique chalking abilities live on the riverwalk. Stop by to watch, then stick around so the kiddos can try their own hand at chalk art with our "Chalk the Walk" competition! 

Rubber Ducky Race on the Shenango

Feeling lucky? Purchase a rubber ducky from the American Cancer Society's booth and try your odds during the Ducky Launch. Kids can line up to watch the ducks be released from the bridge and cheer them on as they cruise down the Shenango River. 

Library Storytime at the Confluence

The New Castle Library will be hosting a Storytime for kids inside The Confluence coffee shop, located at 214 E. Washington Street. 

Spinosaurus Encounter!

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Kids can meet Spiny, a life-sized dinosaur in the "Spinosaurus Encounter!" presented by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. This educational and interactive demonstration will be on the Children's Stage inside The Confluence.


What better way to end a great day than with a fireworks show? The colorful display sponsored by Pyrotecnico will be set off at 9 p.m., signaling the end of the Arts on the Riverwalk Festival.


These are just a few of the activities we have planned for the festival, and the list is growing every day! For more information about family-friendly activities at Arts on the Riverwalk, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Use the hashtag #AOR17 to join the conversation!