Located on West Indiana Avenue, in the heart of historic downtown DeLand, the Festival creates an oasis of children’s activities, learning opportunities and family fun. There are no admission fees or charges for any of the youth activities.
- YOUTH ACTIVITIES: On West Indiana Avenue and the grounds of the Thomas C. Kelley Administration Building a wide variety of girls and boys events are made available. These include learning opportunities, hands on art projects, face painting and other youth oriented activities.
- YOUTH ART EXHIBIT: It’s a show within a show! The rotunda of the Volusia County Thomas C. Kelly Administration Building on Indiana Avenue is the venue for an exhibition of promising student artists from public and private schools throughout Volusia County. Take some time to wander through this exhibition showcasing more than 1,200 examples of student art. It’s worth a visit!
- YOUTH PERFORMANCES: In the newly restored historic Athens Theatre the Festival presents a stage area dedicated to performing arts experiences for children. The theater is located on the far end of West Indiana Avenue at 124 North Florida Avenue.
A variety of other fun kids activities are planned. Take a selfie in front of silly scenes being painted by West Volusia art teachers. Join in a bean bag toss. Have your child’s face painted by Bonner Scholar students from Stetson University and area high school students. Kid friendly areas will feature displays by the State of Florida Project Wild, Volusia County Beach Safety and animals from the Central Florida Zoo. The African American Museum of Art and Volusia County ECHO Rangers will led make and take hands-on art projects for the kids.
An exciting new activity is planned for this silver anniversary weekend. Kids will be invited to participate in creating a mural on fence sections under the direction of renowned Central Florida muralist Jeff Sonksen. By the end of the Festival the mural will include two iconic figures from DeLand’s history, Leu Gim Gong and Rufus Pinkney.
Jeff Sonksen is the artist behind the ever-expanding mural on Seminole Wekiva Trail in Longwood. Sonksen paints portraits of well-known figures on panels transforming the fence along the trail into a gallery of movie stars, musicians, artists, athletes, and historical figures for local bicyclist and joggers to enjoy. Sonksen started with portraits of Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Ozzy Osbourne, and Mick Jagger. He is a self-taught painter who never studied art, and never seeks attention from the trail. It wasn’t until his portrait of Albert Einstein that he began adding quotes to his paintings. Sonksen has recently begun to sell his artwork and displays his art at the Gallery on the Edge.