Children are invited to celebrate the arts during Children’s Day on Saturday, June 4.

This annual event, produced by the Iowa City Public Library with Summer of the Arts during the Iowa Arts Festival, encourages kids’ creativity with an extensive lineup of hands-on activities to promote On Your Mark, Get Set … Read – the 2016 Summer Reading Program.

More than a dozen booths will be set up on the City Plaza, with activities ranging from mask-making and chess, to rocking out with the Yahoo Drummers and making a new friend from the Iowa City Care and Adoption Center. Children also can enjoy live performances on the Family Stage. This year’s schedule is as follows:

10 a.m.: After School Specials rock concert by Shimek Elementary School’s Before & After School Program students

10:30 a.m.: FEAT Acrobatics show

11:15 a.m.: Two FEAT Acrobatics stilt walker costume characters

11:30 a.m.: Bluegrass banjo music by Jon Eric

12:30 p.m.: Dr. Goober T. Goodfoot, Certified Public Fool Show

1:15 p.m.: Dream Divas, Tumblers, and Set the Atmosphere show from the Dream Center Performance Arts Academy

2:15 p.m.: Ecuador Manta


Strolling entertainment will include TJ Regul, Magic in the City, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dean Franzen, The Dean of Juggling, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Dr. Goober T. Goodfoot from 1:15 to 2:3o p.m.

Children’s Day also is the official planting day for the Library’s Children’s Garden on the City Plaza. Kids are invited to help Scott Koepke, the education and outreach coordinator for New Pioneer Food Co-op's Soilmates program, plant this year’s garden. All produce harvested from the Children's Garden is donated to Table To Table, which provides food for the area’s hungry, homeless and at-risk population.

Children’s Day begins at 10 a.m. with activities concluding at 3 p.m.

For more information about Children’s Day, call the Iowa City Public Library at 319-356-5200.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, visit

For a complete schedule of the Iowa Arts Festival, visit

Date of publication

Tuesday, May 31, 2016