Children's Activities

Fairy Village Contest Images!!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Fairy Village Contest!

Following are some of our amazing contest entries...

Kansas City Irish Fest is a child’s dream come true. More than 17,000 kids went through our children’s area last year. And besides the child who colored on his mother, we had 17,000 satisfied customers. We also have several year-round activities for kids to do, which you’ll find here.

This year, we are celebrating Queen Medb (Maeve or Mab) and Lugh (pronounced Luy).. Lugh was a wright, a smith, a champion, a swordsman, a harpist, a hero, a poet and historian, a sorcerer, and a craftsman and was appointed Chief Ollam of Ireland. Mab was the Queen of the Fairy Folk and she loved working with humans to make Ireland a better place.

Our 2015 Costume Contest theme is Queen Mebd for the na cailíní na girsí (the girls) and Lugh as either the artist (musician or poet) or the sorcerer for buachaillí óga (the young lads). Wonderful prizes have been put together by The Dryads, the happy, playful wood nymphs that dwell in the trees. The costum possibilities are endless and we hope you’ll join us in our celebration of Queen Medb and Lugh. We have three age groups for our contest 2-5, 6-9 and 10 -13.

Contest two is our Fairy Village Contest. We are creating a Fairy Village at Irish Fest this year. A fairy village is made up of Fairy Houses. The rules for a fair house are below. As you enter the contest, please bring your Fairy House to Shawn or Kathleen. Please make sure that you have two 3 x5 cards folded into two. One of those will be the name of your Fairy House, the other will have your Fairy House name plus your name, age and phone number. This contest is very special and there will be some magical prizes for the winners.

Fairy Houses for the Village Guidelines:

  • Only natural materials found on the ground like pine cones, rock, seashells, gourds and twigs may be used in construction; however you may use paint at the end.
  • No items from living plants (please do not strip the leaves from the trees or pick the flowers), but leaves on the ground and things like moss may be used.
  • Yes you are allowed to use adhesives on your house.
  • Here are some pics of some of our favorite Fairy Houses here, here and here.

In addition to our costume theme, explore the following offerings from our Irish Fest Children’s Team:

  • Jump, Climb and Bounce with our Children’s Playland - Bounce and climb to your heart’s content in our special play area in the park.
  • Tattoo Me, I’m Irish - Yes this weekend we are all Irish and I think I will get a knotwork and a cow design at the fest…come and look at all of our temporary tattoos.
  • Guess N’ Tell Wishin Well Guess the number of Magic Coins and win our wonderful magical dragon! 13 and Under only!

  • Kansas City Irish Fest Bingo The Kansas City Irish Fest original. Join us for games almost every hour and special prizes!

  • Wackalaylee Giant candy and toy filled crowns. We’ve got some for the younger guests and some for the older guests!

  • Oddball Kids Tent With interactive games, hands-on activities, hats, painting and endless imagination!

  • Artrageous We’re making puppets of Queen Medb and Lugh! How creative can you be?’
  • Name the Cow – Can you name our Irish Fest Cow of 2015?

There’s so much more! Discover our Children’s Stage Performers, Balloon Artists, Golf and other special surprises. Check out the map for more info! Remember, our Children’s Village closes at 9 P.M. each night!

Kids Club

Kansas City Irish Fest is fortunate to have an amazing group of young people to keep the Children’s Area on track. The Kansas City Irish Fest Kid’s Club is a group of creative and talented young people that not only act as an advisory board to things going on in the Children’s Area, but work there as well. They start planning the next Children’s Area right after Irish Fest ends, and the look at it as an exercise to improve things each year. If you see a group of bright, smiling, helpful young people in a Cow T-Shirt with a purpose in their gait at this year’s Irish Fest, that would be the Kid’s Club.

Kids Club Mission:

The Kansas City Irish Festival Kid’s Club is a youth leadership nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering and educating children ages 5 to 18 to become leaders and to develop their natural leadership abilities for service with the Kansas City Irish Festival and the greater Kansas City Community for the education of our Irish Heritage and Culture.

Become a New Member

If you are 10 and under, you must:

  • Get a recommendation from a teacher
  • Fill out the Member Application
  • Have your parents fill out the Parental Application
  • Have attended at least one Irish Fest and document the experience (write a short description)
  • If you are 11 and older, you must:
  • Get a recommendation from a teacher
  • Get a recommendation from an Irish Fest Committee Member who you worked for at an Irish Fest
  • Fill out the Member Application
  • Have your parents fill out the Parental Application
  • Write a short description about your Irish Fest volunteer experience