KWF Kids Zone

Free Family Fun for Everyone!

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Apply to host a 2018 Kenai River Festival Kids Zone Activity

The KWF Kids Zone is busting with free, hands-on fun for the entire family on festival Saturday and Sunday.  Learn about the river and get a chance to win an iPad through trivia, arts & crafts, storytelling and more!

KWF Kids Zone Hours
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Passport to Fun
Win an iPad at the Kenai Watershed Forum booth!  Stop by the KWF Welcome Tent and grab your passport for a chance to win.  Enjoy the KWF Kids Zone and collect stamps from each completed activity.  Once your passport is completed, return it to the KWF Welcome Tent for your chance to win.  Winners will be contacted by June 22.

KWF Kids Zone Highlights


Take a look at the exciting Kenai River Festival Kids Zone Activities in 2017:

  • Live Birds: Bird TLC

Bird TLC (based in Anchorage) will be bringing two live birds, most likely a bald eagle and a raven, to interact with the public. Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 p.m.

  • Pacific Salmon Game: Trinity Christian Center

Kids will learn the five types of Pacific salmon by playing a fun, educational rendition of the classic game. cornhole

  • Permaculture Education: Matti’s Farm

Until recently farming had a well-deserved reputation for harming watersheds and the waters that flow through them.  Matti’s Farm will share information on sound, environmentally friendly composting practices.

  • Teen Photo Challenge: Kachemak Heritage Land Trust

This contest is specifically designed to encourage teenagers to connect with nature through photography. They will also be learning about salmon habitat along the way. Prizes will be awarded Sunday.

  • Casting for Clean Water: Aspen Hotels of Alaska

Learn more about how to prevent river pollution river pollution while fishing in this fun casting game.

  • Fish Painting: Boys & Girls Club

Get creative with the Boys & Girls Club! Personalize and take home a decorative wooden fish. Families have been collecting custom fish for generations. Start or add to your collection in time for Father’s Day.

  • River Animal Scramble: IDEA Homeschool

Come learn about all the amazing animals on the Kenai River with this fun scramble game.

  • Fish Kites: Girl Scouts of Alaska

Using mostly recycled materials, kids will be able to craft their own simple fish kites to fly above the festival.

  • Fishing Vessel Sustainability: AK Department of Fish & Game/AK Seafood Marketing Institute

Using an 8’ model of a gillnet fishing vessel, this knowledgeable crew will teach your kids about how to care for the environment while commercial fishing.

  • Gyotaku T-shirts: AK Department of Fish and Game & Kenai Watershed Forum

Gyotaku is a traditional nature printing technique that Japanese fisherman used to record the size of their catch.  Currently gyotaku is very popular with Japanese children and now Alaskans!  Become the next Boshi Nagase (famous gyotaku artist) and record your “catch” on a t-shirt for all to see!  Saturday only.  $5 donation.

  • Hooked on Fishing: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Come learn about angler safety befiore trying out fishing rods in the casting zone. There will also be an opportunity to create a salmon craft.

  • Wildfire Education: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

There is currently a large effort underway to educate our community about wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula. This awesome, new fire education trailer will have several engaging kids’ activities.

  • Finalist Educational Display: Caring for the Kenai

For almost three decades, Caring for the Kenai program has educated students in environmental issues as well as natural disaster preparedness. When asked how to better care for the Kenai Peninsula, the top contenders in the Caring for the Kenai competition stepped it up.  Visit this display to learn more about the creative solutions our community youth have proposed to protect the health of our watershed and increase our safety.

  • Salmon Migration Obstacle Course: Kenaitze Early Childhood Center

Children will navigate through an obstacle course that represents rivers/streams that salmon journey through to reach their spawning grounds.

  • Boating Safety: AK State Parks

State Parks’ staff will teach children how to navigate through the beautiful Kenai River in a safe and responsible manner.

  • Salvage Art Exhibit: ReGroup

Families will have the chance to engage with recycling experts on the local recycling options. This exhibit promotes artistic expression through recycled materials.

  • Salmon Dissections: Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association

Two salmon dissection events will occur to show festival participants the internal anatomy of a salmon. Saturday only at 12 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Working together for healthy watersheds on the Kenai Peninsula since 1997.