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Kidfort 2019 Activities

KIDFORT has some treats for your tots at Kidfort 2019!

This year, magician Stuart Edge will be performing a magic show! Oregon Shadow Theatre will perform a shadow puppet play, Jack and the Dragon, and local YouTuber Jared Jacobs will teach a Lego stop-motion video production workshop. Plus, Kidfort classics such as Fortcraft, Youth Variety Showcase, Boise Rock School, and Kidfort’s Dance Battle will keep the kiddies busy!

Kidfort is all ages and open to the public Friday through Sunday of Treefort 2019 (March 20-24). Children 12 and under are free to attend Treefort if they are accompanied by an adult with a Treefort Pass.

Find out what the youngsters (and the young at heart) will be up to during Kidfort 2019.


Stuart Edge, is an entertainer extraordinaire, best known for his viral internet videos that have garnered over 500 million views and gained him a social audience of over 3 million followers. He’ll thrill Treeforters of all ages at Kidfort with a Magic Show like no other! Don’t miss our Kidfort 2019 Headliner’s free show!



The King and Princess Polly have varmint trouble. Might be a pesky Unicorn. Could be a cantankerous Giant Hog. Maybe a Fire-Breathing Dragon. Who can deal with these troublesome varmints? Why, Little Man Jack, of course, the world champion varmint whacker! Colorful shadow puppets and live banjo and hammer dulcimer music bring this Appalachian fairy tale to life.

The Oregon Shadow Theatre is a Portland based company specializing in the art of shadow puppetry. OST has twice been awarded the UNIMA Citation of Excellence, the award created by the late Jim Henson to honor the best in American puppetry. Their award-winning shadow plays have toured the United States and Canada, including performances at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Northwest Puppet Center in Seattle, and the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.



Kidfort, Hackfort & Filmfort come together to welcome viral video master @goldyeller to Treefort 2019! Jared Jacobs will offer a one hour, interactive workshop for kids 5 and older, explaining how he makes his viral stop motion videos with Legos.



We showcase a lot of artists at Treefort, and not just adults, but kiddos too! Know a talented youngster? They can audition for a spot in Kidfort’s Youth Variety Showcase. Kidfort will be holding auditions for this year’s Youth Variety Showcase, where any kid who likes to sing, dance, act — anything! — can have a chance to shine during Treefort Music Fest 2019.

Tell your favorite little superstar to get ready: auditions will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Foothills School of Arts and Sciences from 10am to 2:30pm. Auditionees must be available to perform at Treefort Music Fest, March 22, 23 or 24, 2019. Any questions? Shoot an email to kidfort@treefortmusicfest.com





Enjoy an interactive performance workshop at Kidfort with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival! Join us for a workshop (or “playshop”), with our professional teaching artists who want to create characters and stories with YOU! Come for an hour of pretending and leave just a little more confident and feeling a little more goofy!



“The Cactus Garden” is a larger than life 3D dessert that can be experienced during the day and at night. Kids will be invited to decorate the cacti using neon markers that will glow in black lights. This project is an ecological awareness project shedding light on global warming and how it affects various ecosystems such as the dessert.



Boise Music Lessons is on a mission to show everyone how fun and easy it is to play music. Whether you strum some chords, fiddle a tune, or just shake an egg, music is a wonderful way to connect and spend time with family and friends.

There will be a FREE WORKSHOP, “Fun with Folk Instruments”. Learn about the guitar, banjo, ukulele, violin/fiddle, mandolin, and cajón at this interactive demo. Boise Music Lessons student volunteers will give an overview of the instruments, and then invite you to try them all at various stations.




The Summerwind Skippers are a competitive and performance jump rope team. Located in Boise, Idaho, the team performs at dozens of events each year. The group aims to wow crowds and foster a healthy, active lifestyle.



Amethyst Tagney is an illustrator based in Boise, Idaho. With a BFA in illustration, Amethyst loves to draw animals, but can be seen doodling other things when she’s in the mood. Her art lives on pencil and paper and escapes to the wondrous world of Adobe Illustrator when she’s finished. Stop by Kidfort for an interactive workshop featuring her book “It’s Tough Being a Werewolf”!



Yoga for kids and their big people! Kidfort and Yogafort welcome Sally Roberts back to lead families in a 45 minute all ages yoga class at Kidfort.



Local children’s book author Brandy Brune and illustrator Tara Kennedy will lead a workshop on writing and illustrating your own creative stories. They published the book “I am Luca” and will read the story, as well as give a behind the scenes look into the process of taking an idea and bringing it to life through authorship and illustration.



Kidfort welcomes traditional Mexican folk dance company, Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo, from downtown Nampa, Idaho. They’ll be sharing and performing various dances from regions all around Mexico. It’ll be a cultural feast with authentic clothing and accessories, music and choreography. Their dances tell stories and share history. Join their interactive performance at Kidfort!



Patty Costello will do a lively and engaging reading from her picture book “Catalina and the King’s Wall.” The story follows Catalina the royal baker and her plan to welcome and include everyone, no matter what they look like or where they are from. After the reading, children will color and decorate their own “All are Welcome Here” sign and paper plate hanger.



Old Boise Model Railroad Club has created a model of what Boise used to look like, featuring 1,800 square feet of model railroads that used to run through downtown. They will be showing their Old Boise Model Railroad for free as part of Kidfort at the Historic Pioneer Building on 6th & Main on Saturday, March 23, 10am-4pm.



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 our amazing Treefort volunteers, challenges will be suggested. Kids can choose to participate in them or ignore them completely. There is no wrong way to Fortcraft.



One of Treefort’s longtime sponsors who recently turned 10, Boise Rock School, will once again showcase some of their bands at this year’s Kidfort. In their 10 years of engaging with youth and teaching modern band/music skills in a holistic, group-orientated approach, Boise Rock School has truly transformed a generation of youth in the Treasure Valley and their reach only continues to grow.

Boise Rock School has one of the largest after school programs in the area, which alone is a great service, but for those of us keen on inspiring and supporting a vibrant music culture in Boise, having Boise Rock School nurturing current and future members of our music scene from as early as 3 years old is an immeasurable contribution to our community.



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. 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.


Kidfort is all ages and open to the public Friday through Sunday of Treefort 2019 (March 20-24). Children 12 and under are free to attend Treefort if they are accompanied by an adult with a Treefort Pass.