12th Annual Kidfest

A day designed to get kids excited about the nature and culture of the North Carolina Mountains through fun and entertaining activities.  Guided hikes, games, storytellers, music and fun. Included with park admission.

Plan to join us Sept. 12, 2015!


2014 Schedule of Events — 2015 Schedule TBA

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Check-In Table (Nature Museum Lobby) Stop by our check-in table to pick up a Jr. Ranger booklet, work on a craft or to learn more about the park!
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Animal Olympics (Let It Rain Picnic Shelter) Test your abilities against the abilities of animals.  Can you run as fast as a mountain lion?  Can you see as well as a hawk?  Try out these and other challenges in a friendly competition with the best in the animal world.
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Interpretive Table (Top Shop 2nd Floor) Stop by our interpretive table to learn about animals found on Grandfather Mountain.
Clouds and Weather Meet at the Butterfly Garden to discuss our favorite kinds of weather.  After making our own clouds and cloud viewers we will observe different types of clouds and discuss how understanding cloud types can give us a clue to what our weather may be in the future.
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Face Painting (Fudge Shop Area) Come join us at the Fudge Shop to get your face painted!
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Old-Timey Kids Music Show (Let It Rain Picnic Shelter) Mark Freed and Cecil Gurganus will play fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, kazoo, and maybe even fiddle sticks, though probably not all at the same time! Mark and Cecil are part of the music program at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center in Boone that features weekly lessons and an old-time jam session on Thursdays. They will be playing and singing family-friendly traditional songs and tunes from the southern mountains.
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Woods Walk Exploration  This short loop hike at the “Woods Walk” will be guided by one of Grandfather Mountain’s staff naturalists.  We will be looking for evidence of animal activity. This is an easy trail and everyone is invited to join the fun.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Mountain Song and Storytelling with Glenn Bolick (Nature Museum Auditorium) Glenn is locally renowned storyteller, potter, singer, musician, and songwriter. He will be telling stories and presenting old-timey toys in the Nature Museum Auditorium. Come sit and listen to these Appalachian tales that have been passed down for generations.
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Butterfly Program (Butterfly Garden) This is a very hands on program where staff naturalists lead guests to the Butterfly Garden to catch different species of butterflies and identify them. Guests and staff will then take a look at these delicate creatures up-close and learn about their life cycle.
2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Bears Kids Program (Butterfly Garden) Learn more about this remarkable animal that makes its home on Grandfather Mountain.
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kids Games (Let It Rain Picnic Shelter) Finish the day with a couple of fun and active games by the Let It Rain Picnic Shelter.

Location : Grandfather Mountain | Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646 |
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  • I really enjoyed the walk and visit to Grandfather Mountain. The most interesting was the Swinging bridge because I noticed it was supported by my company's equipment. My company (Crosby/Lebus) make equipment for lifting, towing, tying down, and hauling. Our components are used on the bridge for holding the riggings. You used the best and American Made. Just to let you know I really enjoyed the view.

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