Our massive Kid’s Area this year will focus on activities surrounding Ireland’s great commodity - the Potato!
In the view of the KCIF Kid’s Club, the Potato represents the stamina, and the resilience of a nation as the people of Ireland faced what was known as the Gorta Mór (the Great Hunger).
Our wonderful 10th Anniversary Birthday Cow needs lots of wonderful pictures colored of her Birthday Party. Did we mention Prizes, well after Irish Fest is over, your picture may be chosen as a prize-winning entry! Bring your picture to the festival’s Children’s Area!
Guess N’ Tell Wishin Well
Guess the number of Magic Coins and win our wonderful magical dragon. Everyone plays, but must be under 13 to win!
Kansas City Irish Fest Bingo
Win prizes, come and play Kansas City Irish Fest Bingo. It is our original Bingo game, just for our Irish Fest guests. We play almost every hour, and prizes are always our famous “MOOLA”, so you can spend the money on anything from an Irish Walking Dog to a Stuffed Leprechaun or a Glow in the Dark Necklace. Join Us for a Game or Two.
What happens when you get a giant candy and toy filled crown? Lots of fun. Irish Fest will bring 18 Wackalaylees to our guests. Nine for the Youngest Guests (ages 2-6) and Nine for our Older Guests (7-12).
Kansas City Pumpkin Patch
Travel around the festival grounds and you will find all kinds of fun games and activities from KC Pumpkin Patch. And this year in keeping with our theme, KC Pumpkin Patch will be sponsoring our Costume Contest each day of the festival—the theme is the Potato and an Irish Birthday! http://www.kcpumpkinpatch.com
Watch for sightings of Mr and Mrs Potato Head!
Oddball Kids Tent
Come visit Oddball Kids, an interactive area which provides fantastic hands on activities to inspire YOUR child’s imagination! At KC Irish Fest 2012, we will have Construction!, Beads and More Beads!, Crazy Hats and Crowns, Bubbles, H2O Painting, and a special surprise chalk activity! You won’t want to leave!
Tattoo Me- I’m Irish
Julius Ceaser wrote an account in his memoirs of having gone to war with the Celts and the Celts having body art. For a very long time there has been a debate on the color of the body paint. Blue was the accepted color, but now the thinking is that the translation was incorrectly done, and the color was green, as Ireland.
Tacitus, Agricola 29 AD: ‘Already more than 30,000 men could be seen, and still they came flocking to the colours - all the young men, and famous warriors whose old age was fresh and green, every man wearing the decorations he had earned’
Think of facing 30,000 Celts, you being Ceaser with all 30,000 in green body paints. What a daunting sight. Now think of earning your own tattoo and facing all those formidable musicians at Irish Fest where you will dance the night away. Come and get a Tattoo. You want a preview?
Face Painters are special guests of the Children’s Area at Irish Fest. You can find them in a special area down in the Park, and on the Terrace where with a little paint, a little sparkle and much talent, these artists can transform a gorgeous young lady into just about anything, or make a green monster out of a cute little gentleman. Each painter is an artist with their own wonderful designs and their own slant on our fun list of possible faces.
Yes, this year, we will be making our own personal Mr or Mrs or Miss Potato Head. How creative can you be? http://www.artrageouskc.com
Name our Cow
We want to introduce you all to our new poor nameless 10th Birthday cow for this year. She is just waiting to celebrate her birthday, but we can’t sing to her until she has a name.
We need you all to start putting your thinking caps on right now. As you all know, she relies on you to give her name. She also is a lover of music and dance and all things Irish, but this birthday is a VERY special event. Her little bird is whistling an Irish tune just waiting for the birthday song to be sung.
Name her and you name our Blog for the 2013 Irish Fest. You’ll also win her look-a-like as a 3 foot stuffed cow!