For Kids

Kidlore: hands-on traditions and fun children’s activities
Passing on traditions is the focus of the Kidlore activities area at the MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 12 & 13, in downtown East Lansing. The Kidlore area is open from noon-6:00 p.m. on August 12 & 13.

Many hands-on activities for children (and their adult companions) are inspired by the music, dance, art and culture throughout the festival site. This year kids will have the opportunity for hands-on experiences inspired by the artists and traditions of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program (MTAAP).

The Kidlore area will have activities inspired by the following 2017 MTAAP artists:


• David Dutcher and Katelyn Frantz (Hessel, Mackinac County)- Native Beadwork

Beaded Bracelet Instructions


• Lynn Hershberger and Annette Tanner (Lansing, Ingham County)- Stranded colorwork knitting

Finger Knitting Instructions


• Christine Ingabire and Grace Johnson (Grand Rapids, Kent County)- Rwandan dance

Rwandan Drum instructions


• Ron Paquin (Moran, Mackinac County) and Adam Avery (Mount Pleasant, Isabella County)- birch bark container making

Birch Bark Box instructions


• Meghan Scott, Sarah Horan, and Catherine Russell (Williamston and Okemos, Ingham County)- traditional Irish hard shoe dance

Irish Hard Shoes instructions


• Celeste Smith and Marva Brown (Highland Park and Detroit, Wayne County)- millinery

Paper Hat Instructions


• Gary Tassier and Scott Barr (Cedarville, Mackinac County)- boat building and restoration

Cork Raft Instructions