Face painting, snacking, dancing, drumming, and hands-on art projects led by master heritage artists–TMY is full of activities for kids. We recommend exploring the whole festival to get children excited about the rich cultural diversity of Tucson. And here are some specific things to try:
- Visit masters of folk arts on Church Street. Many traditional artists offer hands-on activities at their tables. Explore origami, Arabic calligraphy, Henna body decorations, Navajo bead bracelets, and Mexican paper flowers, among many others.
- Wander the festival grounds and try new foods to expand the range of your palate. Can you try something for each of your taste regions to enjoy?
- Sweet: Sonoran raspados or Thai fried bananas or Lil’ Orbits mini-donuts!
- Spicy: Dare to try Mama Carey’s hot wings?
- Salty: Get thirsty after some French fries or Kettle corn!
- Umami: Did you know Takoyaki balls are made with octopus?
- Challenge: Can you find anything bitter or sour to taste?
Many performances are sure to delight and enthrall young viewers. Here are some that even feature young performers:
- SHE PHI Step Team: girls stepping in exquisite rhythms! (Saturday 11AM
- Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble: exciting twirls and leaps! (Saturday 2PM)
- Las Trillizas y Dulce: an all-girl Norteño band! (Sunday 3:30PM)
- Odaiko Sonora: loud Japanese taiko drums! (Saturday 5PM)
- Yellow Bird Apache Dancers: amazing hoop dances! (Sunday 11:30)
- Tohono O’odham Traditional Dancers (Sunday 5PM)