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Kidfort 2018 Activities

It’s almost time for your favorite tiny tots to toddle on over to Kidfort on March 24th & 25th during Treefort 7!

Hop into all the fun we have planned for the kids (grown-ups love it, too!)

At Kidfort 2018, there will be many activities including a dance battle at The Nest Stage, a build-your-own-fort workshop at Fortcraft and crossover events with other forts!

Camp Happy

March 24-25, 12-5pm
Bring your happy campers to experience the fun at Camp Happy! Happy Family’s camp counselors will be hosting a variety of fun, learning-based activities! Get ready to run, reduce, reuse, and recycle in our recycling relay! Get crafting with veggie stamps on reusable organic cotton tote bags to take home! Get that green thumb started with planting seeds to bring back to your garden! For each activity you participate in you’ll earn a camp stamp that you can then show at our Happy General Store to earn yummy, nutritious snacks!You can also expect some exciting musician pop-ups at 3pm each day! And don’t feel like you have to leave early – please take advantage of our private breast-feeding & diaper-changing tent!

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

How do we overcome fear? What happens when we overcome that fear? This classic Tears of Joy Theatre production by Mercer Mayer is performed with a variety of styles of puppets. Stories are tied together by the theme of facing and overcoming our fears in ways that will elicit both wonder and giggles.

Performing three stories in one based on the theme of childhood fear and understanding the feelings of others. The boy and the Nightmare are adaptations of Japanese bunraku puppets and the Jabberwocky is performed with three dimensional shadow puppets created from kitchen utensils which fuels the imagination!

Kidfort Dance Battle

Kidfort Dance Battle is gonna be epic!

Dance battles are a competition. That doesn’t mean it’s all serious though! Competitions themselves are a good chance for dancers to showcase their own style. Win or lose, all dancers should feel hungry to grow more and work harder. Everyone is connected through dance and music so it brings people together to form a tight community. The most important part is having fun by either watching dancers exchange or being a part of that exchange.

That being said, audiences at a dance battle event are participating by giving feedback and energy to the dancers who in turn give energy back. Lead by Khoa Nguyen, Kidfort Dance Battle follows a tournament style, one versus one format and the top competitors leave with a prize!

Dance battles will occur by age: pre-K, K-2nd grades and 3rd-6th grades.

The Not-Its!

For more than nine years now, The Not-Its! have rocked kids and families with their up-tempo albums and live concerts that give children their first “rock show” experience. With the release of their sixth studio album, Are You Listening?, this Seattle “Kindie Rock” quintet will have children and their parents on their feet screaming for more, the moment they hit the dance floor!


Little yogis will love this Kid + Yoga crossfort class taught by Sally Roberts at The Nest Stage. Sally’s gentle approach to yoga and child development brings a welcoming spirit to everything she leads. Bring your own mat and start off your Kidfort weekend on the right foot!

Class is for ages 5+. Parents may join the class, or watch from nearby.

Urban Worm Farm

Urban Worm Farm is a vermiculture (worm composting) operation located in the basement of Bittercreek Alehouse and Red Feather Lounge in the heart of downtown Boise and will be emerging into the sunshine at Kidfort! Amy Lyons — Director of Optimism, Official Worm Momma, and Worm Wrangler Extraordinaire — will be sharing her candid enthusiasm as she discusses her beloved squirm of a colony, the practice and value of composting with worms, as well as the great impact worms make in the world around us. Stop by for a pop-in experience or join us for a more extended experience at our Kidfort workshop on Sunday, March 25th.

Belinda Bowler

Belinda Bowler is a folk icon, elementary school music teacher and loved by fans throughout the Treasure Valley. Her acoustic style and melodic vocals capture listeners of all ages. An artist primarily dwelling in the traditional folk music arena, she released her album Trumpet Vine in 2015. She is able to entertain and teach children the fundamentals of musicianship without making it feel too elementary. Her music is for all ages and stages of life.

Youth Variety Showcase

Come hear Boise’s youngest stars! Come see what the winners of Kidfort 2018’s Youth Variety Showcase auditions have to share! You never know where they’ll go from here, so take advantage of this chance to see them now and save that autograph for when they become famous.


Fortcraft is back! Fortcraft is an open interactive building experience for kids and parents and anyone in between. Like a real world Minecraft you can use cardboard, tape, markers and chalk to build the fort of your dreams, add on to other forts, decorate existing structures or make something else entirely. Throughout the event, structures will be made, taken down and remade again into something new.

Under the direction of Travis Olson and awesome Treefort volunteers, challenges will be suggested. Kids can choose to participate in them or ignore them completely. There is no wrong way to Fortcraft.

Open Arms Dance Project

Open Arms Dance Project is a multi-generational and inclusive modern dance company welcoming people of all ages — with and without disabilities. Open Arms dancers range in age from 7-70+ years young. Some dancers have physical and/or intellectual disabilities, and others do not. All are respected for what they add to the group, whether that be youthful energy, humor, wisdom, dance skills, or a positive attitude.

Clowning Workshop

Join Kelly Anne Barker in a clowning workshop where we will learn to laugh at ourselves and use our imaginations! All ages and families are encouraged find their inner clown together through discovering our clown bodies and names, as well as play improvisation games. Clowning requires an incredible amount of boldness, sensitivity and inventiveness so bring everything you’ve got to earn your red nose.

Oinkari Basque Dancers

Over 50 years ago, a proud young group of Basque Americans dreamed of creating a troupe to preserve and perform the unique dances of their ancient heritage. They journeyed to the Basque Country in the summer of 1960 in pursuit of this dream. In the midst of the mountains and sea coast where the Basque culture began, the young people met a group of dancers from the town of Donostia (or San Sebastian).

The Oinkari Basque Dancers made their debut at the annual gathering of area Basques, the Sheepherder’s Ball, at Christmas time in 1960. The dream at last came true. The hard work continues; the dream has blossomed and the Oinkari Dancers have become a source of pride to the Basque community as well as to the State of Idaho. In the best tradition of folk customs, the dances have been taught to hundreds of young Basques throughout the years.

Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo Idaho!

Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo Idaho! is a community-based dance group from the Treasure Valley. Established in 2003, the 40+ member group is dedicated to teaching and sharing the heritage-rich tradition of Mexican folk dance. Reflecting a colorful, vibrant culture, the dances portray the life events, emotions and history of the beautiful regions in Mexico.

Boise Music Lessons

Have you ever had someone tell you that you “can’t” play music for some reason or another? We have. And we’ve heard the same story from countless others, too. Maybe you were told “you are too old to learn” or “your fingers are too short” or even “you don’t have rhythm” or some other bummer completely out of your control. We don’t buy it, and neither should you

It’s time to make music with Boise Music Lessons! Gather round, lend an ear and see local musicians budding! Boise Music Lessons are hosting a Hootenannie! (a jam session with their students) on Saturday and an Instrument Show and Tell on Sunday.

Irish Dance Idaho

Irish Dance Idaho continues its mission to create performing experiences, not only for the IDI dancers, but for the many audiences that follow them. Under the direction of Rebecca Ingram and Instructors Heidi Grigg, and Spencer Ingram, dancers are taught and drilled on correct, difficult technique required for traditional and Show-style Irish Step, specifically in the Muenster tradition. The talented dancers delight audiences throughout the Northwest with their rhythmic high energy performances.

Wowee! Everyone will be havin’ lots of fun during Kidfort 2018 because it’s free and open to the public. For adults though, we recommend a Treefort pass so you can have all of the fun!