Happy Kid Central Day!

Is your costume ready? T-shirt for tie dying in the bag? Emergency snacks packed? Then you must be ready for the 2015 Kid Central Festival!

The fun starts at 10 AM. Be sure to stop in to Kid Central HQ (Bagel Central) and pick up your Activity Map. Here’s a sneak peek below and a link to download a copy of the Activity Map at home –> I’m a link!

See you soon and DON’T FORGET THE KIDS!!!

2015 KCF Program_Page_2

2015 KCF Program_Page_1

Growing Healthier Communities at Kid Central Festival

One TomatoThis 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.

tomatoesThrough enhanced collaboration and communication, the Bangor Area Food Council educates about healthy food, advocates for greater food access, and supports the growth of available channels between local farmers, producers, and consumers. 

The One Tomato project will be held in Norumbega Parkway from 10 am – 3 pm.

Get Ready for All-Ages Downtown Fun!

KCFPoster2015BangPop! presents the fifth annual Kid Central Festival in Downtown Bangor on Saturday, May 2. With the help of local businesses, museums, and other arts and non-profit organizations, families will enjoy a wealth of fun and free activities both indoors and outside. From art projects to tie dying, face painting to building your own cannoli, there are activities for everyone ages 12 and under. Kid Central Festival begins at 10 am until 3 pm and full schedule information will be available soon.

9780763630904Special guest Maine author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen is returning to the festival this year and will read from his beloved children’s books as well as autograph copies. Many more great activities are planned throughout the day including the annual Superhero Costume Contest, chalk art and Box City cardboard building blocks.

Begin the day at Kid Central Headquarters, located at Bagel Central, 33 Central Street, where you can pick up a Kid Central activity map to help you on your way. Some of the other businesses offering activities include: the Rock and Art Shop, Bangor Public Library, Good Soul, The Briar Patch, Central Street Farmhouse, Bangor Symphony Orchestra and more!

All activities are free to the public and designed for children ages 12 & under.

Happy Kid Central Day!

Is your costume ready? T-shirt for tie dying in the bag? Emergency snacks packed? Then you must be ready for the 2014 Kid Central Festival!

The fun starts at 10 AM. Be sure to stop in to Kid Central HQ (Bagel Central) and pick up you program map. Here’s a sneak peek below.

See you soon and DON’T FORGET THE KIDS!!!

2014 KCF Program_Page_2 2014 KCF Program_Page_1

Free Comic Book Day and More!

freecomicbookdayIt’s no coincidence that we try to schedule Kid Central Festival on the first Saturday of May every year. That’s the same day as Free Comic Book Day across the country!

This year we’re excited to have Ellen Toole with us. She’s the co-author of the web comic Gracieland and one of the real -life characters in the new graphic novel The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley. Stop by to meet her and get a copy of the Free Comic Book Day edition of Dumbest Idea Ever! while supplies last. Jimmy Gownley himself will be visiting The Briar Patch on Saturday, May 17 so you can get your comic signed by him too!

Don’t miss the other amazing Maine children’s authors at Kid Central this year:

ChrisVanDusen     President Taft

Chris Van Dusen will be reading from his newest book, the hilarious President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Van Dusen and written by Mac Barnett. His event will begin at 10 am and he’ll be staying to autograph books and meet fans until noon. 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. About President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, he says, “This is just the kind of outrageously silly story I love to illustrate. Plus, President Taft was a blast to paint!”

hazelmitchellHazel Mitchell is originally from Scarborough in Yorkshire, UK. She moved to America in 2000 and now lives and works in Maine. Hazel still misses fish and chips and mushy peas, (but she’s learning to love lobster). She have two dogs, two horses, a cat and several snow shovels.

Stop by Hazel’s table, see some of her fun artwork and maybe ask her to draw a doodle for you to take home!

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_MG_2395Josh Alves is an Illustrator/Cartoonist who gets to doodle with his wife and kids in Maine! His work includes illustrations for books, graphics/animations for iPhone games, and his own comics and stories. He is the creator of the all-ages, puzzle-comic series “Adventures of the Araknid Kid” as well as the single-panel comic strip “Tastes Like Chicken”!

In addition to signing copies of “Lilly Bristol, Dinosaur Wrangler” and “Zeke Meeks” books, Josh will have limited number of his new “Star Wars-ish” finger puppets handouts. Don’t miss out!


Kid Central in Circulation at the Bangor Library

The Bangor Public Library is hosting a pair of great activities during this year’s Kid Central Festival.

NOAAEndangered Species Day

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 an endangered species mural, salmon migration games and a stream table. The library’s children’s department will also feature a collection of books about endangered species.

Imagination Workshop

Imagination is the seed of art, hope and ideas. Imagine; the word itself invokes great possibilities, wondrous childhood memories of imaginary adventures. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” A strong, healthy imagination is precious; this workshop enhances and nurtures one’s imagination through fun group activities. Creative imagination introduces us to limitless adventures anywhere for everyone. Each workshop is approximately one half hour and is limited to 15 participants ages 6 and up.

Darling’s Unleashes the Dream Car Creator at Kid Central Festival

Inspired by Chris Van Dusen‘s “If I Built a Car,” festival sponsor Darling’s will give kids the opportunity to tap into their imaginations and dream up a concept car of their own. Kids will sit down at a concept station (drawing table) and sketch out their ideal car. When their concept is complete they will take it over to one of our artists who will work with them to turn it into a sketch that they can keep. Then the kids will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with their sketch and the artist that helped them using the new Darling’s portable photo booth. The pictures will be posted on Facebook and ten kids will be selected to receive a complimentary copy of “If I Built a Car.”

The Darling’s Dream Car Creator will be located at Kid Central HQ (Bagel Central) from 11 am – 1 pm.