2015 Schedule

The fun begins in Downtown Bangor at 10 am!
Kid Central Festival is a rain or shine event.
(schedule subject to change)

Kid Central Headquarters

(located at Bagel Central, 33 Central Street)

Check in to Kid Central HQ and grab an Activity Map of all the fun things to do at the festival.







10:30 AM 
Reading and Signing with Russ Cox
What happens when your best friend moves to Jupiter? You build a rocket ship, of course! Author/illustrator Russ Cox reads and signs his newest adventure Faraway Friends!

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11:00 AM Reading and Signing with Chris Van Dusen
Chris Van Dusen is the creator of many outstanding books for children, including Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, If I Built a House, The Circus Ship, and many others. Chris Van Dusen will be reading a selection of his wonderful work and staying to autograph books and meet fans until 1 pm.
2 PM Superhero Costume Contest
Show off your cape and tights at our annual parade of heroes. Categories include “Best Original Costume” and “Most Likely to Save the Day”
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Games with Friends
Sometimes there’s nothing better than sitting at a table with friends (or meeting new ones) and enjoying a board game. Play some old favorites and maybe some new ones that everyone can sit down and enjoy together.


All Day
Stop the Presses!
Merchant’s Plaza
Make sure to stop by the BDN’s space at Kid Central Festival in front of their building at One Merchants Plaza in the heart of Downtown Bangor.
Planters – Learn to make your own planters out of, you know, NEWSPAPER! We will be providing seeds and all other supplies so you can put together your own and take it home to watch it grow!
Hats and paper folding activities – When was the last time you made your own newspaper hat? Our friends from Rustyco Design will be helping us reinvent the very traditional pages of our print paper … One fold at a time! Hats, baskets, garlands, accessories … You name it!
Carrier Catapult – Stick around and play Carrier Catapult. You would have the chance to toss the Bangor Daily News onto a Welcome mat just like a real newspaper carrier! We have prizes for really good tosses
BDN Square – Color your own. Don’t forget to color your own version of the BDN square and make it part of our online gallery. You can win prizes and even make it into an upcoming issue of The Weekly!

_MG_255210:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sidewalk Art
Merchant’s Plaza
Here’s your chance to leave your mark on Downtown Bangor. Create your masterpiece on our sidewalk canvas or simply let us know you were there!


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Box City
Pickering Square
Giant cardboard building blocks let you build your own city or castle. What are you going to create with all the different sized boxes?


All Day
One Tomato
Norumbega Parkway
This year, the newly formed Bangor Area Food Council joins us with a great activity outdoors, the One Tomato project! They will challenge kids to grow one tomato plant this summer, help them transplant tomato seedlings into pots, and share information on how to grow those plants into delicious, nutritious tomatoes for their families. Each participant will be able to take their new transplanted tomato home with them. Additionally, parents can talk with Food Council members about what they are up to and how to get involved.

CISV11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cross-cultural Exploration
Pickering Square
Join CISV as they make Brazilian Carnival Masks, Japanese Origami Paper Cranes, Passport Coloring Books and Tibetan Peace Flags. CISV is a global community of dedicate volunteers, creating opportunities for all ages to experience the excitement and enrichment of cultural diversity through educational programs. They are founded on the belief that peace is possible through friendship — and that the real difference can be made by starting with children. Ages 5 and up.
1:00 PM
Fairy House Workshop
Norumbega Parkway
Learn how to build a fairy house and what tools and materials to use with Fairy House Handbook author Liza Gardner Walsh. This fun hands-on activity will start at 1:00 pm in Norumbega Parkway, followed by a book signing at 2:00 pm in The Briar Patch. Kids are welcome to bring extra materials from home such as bark, rocks, moss, shells, acorn caps, sticks and sea glass.

Downtown Activities

cannoliStarting at 10:00 AM
Build-Your-Own Cannoli
Participants will be provided with all the tools and ingredients to make their own snack. While supplies last!


Starting at 10:00 AM
Arts & Crafts Fun
Bangor Counseling Center
Have fun with watercolor sharpies on canvas, scratch color surprise art, freestyle chalk drawing, and temporary tattoos.


Starting at 10:00 AM
Create and Transform
Rustyco Kids
Rustyco’s mission is to transform every day celebrations, products, events, projects and experiences and make sure they become (extra) ordinary! Stop by their space in Merchant’s Plaza and have fun while coloring and personalizing masks as well as other activities for kids of all ages.


Starting at 10:00 AM
Welcome Spring
Ruffles & Ribbons
Celebrate the long awaited arrival of Spring by making giant butterflies or giant pinwheels. All ages. While supplies last.


Starting at 10:00 AM
West Market Carnival
The Charles Inn
Take part in an assortment of games and activities such as the Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Toilet Paper Toss and Lucky Key. Prizes and fun for all ages!

Starting at 10:00 AM
Martial Arts Academy
Kishintaikan Dojo
Free sample classes in Karate and Capoeira from he oldest continuously operating martial arts academy in Bangor. Karate starting on the hour and lasting 30 to 45 minutes. Capoeira starting on the half-or and lasting for 30 minutes. Ages 5 and up.

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Kid Ink
Diversified Ink Tattoo Studio
Kids can pick from an a assortment of temporary tattoo stencils. Lasts from a week or so – or washes off with alcohol.


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Tie-Dyeing – with Teachers from the Maine Educators Association
BYOT! “Bring Your Own T-shirt” (…or bandana, or pants, or socks)! Got an old t-shirt that needs a little sprucing up? Maine Education Association members help you tie-dye some new life into it! (There will be a VERY limited supply of white t-shirts available to purchase if you forget to bring one.) Also, we’ll have materials for making “Thank You” notes for YOUR teacher and we’ll deliver them – just in time for Teacher Appreciation Week May 4th through 8th !


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Make Your Own Trail Mix
Epic Sports
Make your own GORP – more than just “Good ol’ Raisins & Peanuts!’ at the Trail Mix Making Station. Kids and parents can select various ingredients and create their own trail mix to enjoy. All ages (with teeth).While supplies last!

BSO Quartet11:00 AM
Kid Central Symphony
Maine Discovery Museum
Join a quartet from the Bangor Symphony Orchestra for a FREE kid-friendly concert and instrument petting zoo at the Maine Discovery Museum. Featuring familiar classics by Mozart and Vivaldi, fiddle tunes, and recent hits, kids will discover the full range of the string quartet in a fun and relaxed setting. Ideal for children ages 3 to 8; all ages welcome. Instrument petting zoo to follow approximately 30 minutes of music.

11:00 AM – Noon
Farmhouse Fun
Central Street Farmhouse
Join us to plant your own Muddy Buddy grass friend to take home!



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Body Painting with Henna
Mexicali Blues
The art of body painting with henna has been practiced for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa, and the Middle East. Because henna has natural cooling properties, it originally was applied as a paste to soothe overheated hands and feet. When the stain then faded away, it naturally left patterns on the skin surface. This eventually led to the idea of using henna to make designs for decorative purposes, which is how we usually rock it today! Ages 5 and up.


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Endangered Species Day
Bangor Public Library
Staff from NOAA Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Penobscot River Restoration Trust and the Endangered Species Coalition will provide a variety of family-oriented activities and art projects to highlight  the recovery of endangered species in Maine. Children’s activities will include crafting endangered species crafts and salmon migration games. The Bangor children’s library will also feature a collection of books about endangered species.
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Team Spirit
Hero’s Sports Grill
Stop by the Make-Your-Own Pennant Station and root on your favorite team. Also offering 10% off to any family who shows their 2015 Kid Central Festival map.
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
What Makes You Happy?
Good Soul
Come write on our “What Makes You Happy?” chalkboard wall.
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Art Factory
University of Maine Museum of Art
Celebrate spring and bring the whole family to UMMA’s annual art-making event! Drop by anytime between 11am and 3pm; different stations will be set up, each offering a creative activity to include drawing, painting, collage and more! All the supplies are FREE and instruction will be given throughout the day. Art Factory Family Fun Day is generously sponsored by WBRC Architects and Engineers.

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Shark Fossils!
The Rock and Art Shop
Dig, identify and take home real 65 million-year-old shark fossils. Adult supervision required. 
12:30 PM
Josh Alves
The Briar Patch
Local author/illustrator Josh Alves is excited to share his books, including his latest, the award-winning story of a forest celebration – “SURPRISE!”

1:30 PM & 2:30 PM
Pizza Poetry
Join Blaze for some pizza poem fun as kds try to recreate the order of pizza toppings in the Jack Prelutsky poem “A Pizza the Size of the Sun” with a giant pizza made out of fabric with fabric toppings!
Ages 3-10.