Free interactive activities
for kids of all ages!

When: Saturday, 1 to 5 pm

Where: in City Lot 56 at the south end of Turner Street, near the River Stage, under the Big Tent


This 2015 information serves as an example of the types and calibre of activities to expect in 2016. 



Free face painting, sponsored by MICA Gallery.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum logo

MSU’s Broad Art Museum invites kids to work on unique projects related to the museum.

CADLIn the booth of Capital Area District Libraries you can learn how to use just a few household supplies to make and decorate your own instrument — a “Paper Plate Shaker” — then take it with you for fun now and later!

Jean Bolley, Storyteller

Jean Bolley, Storyteller

Storytelling on the nearby River Stage 3:00-3:30 pm. Capital Area District Libraries is also sponsoring an event that explores fun ways that storytellers use words and themes of music. Jean Bolley is a masterful storyteller — with a Master’s Degree in storytelling from East Tennesse University, and years of experience in the Library. Audiences of all ages will discover the magic a good story weaves, especially when hearing it live, feeding the story from the audience — and all surrounded by the music-making of BluesFest.


Hands-on Music-making Experiences

Try out a variety of instruments, under the guidance of expert musicians.
Marshall Music logo

MARSHALL MUSIC is providing an electric guitar and electric bass for kids to explore, and KidzBeat has brought in two outstanding musicians to guide them as they get rockin’ and rollin’.

On the electric guitar all afternoon will be Bob Wilson, a self-taught musician (though with years of music theory studies), who performed professionally with a variety of bands alongside a career in the Air Force and Navy. He’s now retired to his native Lansing, where he enjoys composing and recording music in a home studio – and passing on his love of guitar to the next generation.

On the electric bass will be legendary rock musician Randy “Bird” Burghdoff, who for almost 30 years has been playing with Rare Earth, a funk-rock-soul Motown band that had platinum-selling records and still headlines at festivals. He loves sharing how this instrument not only adds the “bassline” but solo riffs as well.

MSU Community Music School
Woodwind and brass instruments – Talented musicians from MSU’s Community Music School will be providing an “instrument petting zoo” — helping kids try out a variety of orchestra i