Children and Youth Day Presented by Penn State Health

We are delighted to welcome Penn State Health as the Presenting Sponsor of 2022 Children and Youth Day, which is Wednesday, July 13. We have lots of great things for kids and families from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  

Each year, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts opens on Wednesday with Children & Youth Day, called “Kids Day” by many. The day is devoted to young artists, young performers, and the young at heart. On Children and Youth Day, the day before the “grown up” regular Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition opens, young artists sell their wares at the Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale, open to those ages 8 to 18.

Young musicians, dancers, and comics perform on the Allen Street Stage and at the Festival Shell on the Old Main Lawn.  Check out the schedule here.

Young visitors can explore their own artistic talents through free creative activities in Sidney Friedman Park and on the Old Main lawn starting at 10:00 a.m.

Finally, everyone in the family can choose their favorite giant puppet and march in the Centre Daily Times Children & Youth Day Grand Procession of giant (and not so giant) papier-mache puppets from Old Main Lawn to Sidney Friedman Park, accompanied by drummers and a pep band from State College Area High School. The procession steps off at 4:00 p.m.

The day is a great way to see how talented and creative young people can be.  Of course, it’s also a great day to bring your little ones to the Festival to let them blow off some steam in the dumping buckets water sculpture too! 

South Allen Street

Public safety personnel will be on hand from the Alpha Fire Company and the State College Area Police Department. Have you ever wanted a closer look at a fire truck or a police car? Now’s your chance. Children and Youth Day is a great time to take photo with a firefighter or police officer.

The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority will share information on the importance of recyling to our environment.

The Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale takes place on South Allen Street from Highland Alley to Fairmount Avenue.

Old Main Lawn

The Art of Science on Old Main Lawn is a tradition that you won’t want to miss! Kids of all ages are invited to bring their curiosity and enthusiasm and join Penn State scientists and engineers who are excited to provide hands-on activities that relate to our everyday world, such as unexpected colorful butterflies, mysterious phase-changing goop, groovy reflective bookmarks, pencil stencil circuits, and more. Did you ever wonder what else liquid nitrogen is used for besides making ice cream? Student and faculty researchers who study physics, interdisciplinary materials, chemistry, and electrical and chemical engineering, as well as high school students from the Upward Bound Program, are excited to share their creativity and passion for science with you!

You’ll be more than just a pretty face when you have your face painted by volunteers from Penn State’s Nutrition Sciences.

4-H Puppy Raisers: Seeing-eye dogs go through a rigorous training process so that they can assist the sight impaired with mobility issues that many of us take for granted. 4-H members raise puppies that will one day assist
the sight impaired as seeing-eye dogs.

Unleash your creativity as you make a colorful photo frame with the staff from the Center for Arts and Crafts at Penn State!

The Palmer Museum of Art joins other educational and civic organizations from the central Pennsylvania region in providing creative activities for young art lovers on the Old Main lawn.

Penn State Athletics’ favorite colors are blue and white. Use your own favorite colors in sports-related crafts.

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center teaches about our local wild fauna.

The Penn State All Sports Museum showcases the rich history of sports at Penn State.

WPSU-TV will have space-themed activities for kids ages 3 to 10 from the PBS KIDS show “Ready, Jet, Go!”

The Penn State Neuro-Imaging Center will be making paper folded brains!


Sidney Friedman Park

Penn State Health will lead fun and healthy outdoor activities in the Park. 

Members of the Penn State Health team will also lead a card-making activity to send get-well wishes to children at the Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey. 

Let your creativity flow with the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, the State College Friends School and the Jana Marie Foundation.

You’ll be more than just a pretty face when you have your face painted at Children & Youth Day by members of the State College Area Education Association.

Penn State Health is proud to present Children & Youth Day at the 2022 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts!

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At Children & Youth Day at the Arts Festival, you will find members of the Penn State Health team at Sidney Friedman Park leading an activity to make get well cards to brighten the days of children at the Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey. Penn State Health will also be leading healthy activities for kids in the Park throughout the day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.