Children & Youth Partnership to celebrate the return of KidsFest 2022


Children & Youth Partnership’s 13th annual KidsFest will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022* at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Children, parents, grandparents and childcare programs are invited to participate in a morning of fun, music, games, crafts, exploration, and play activities, all for FREE.

Despite having been put on hold due to the pandemic for the last two years, Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County (CYP) is thrilled to be able to return to Festival Park in-person this year to bring this exciting outdoor celebration of young children back to the Dare County community.

Attendees to the event can anticipate nearly 50 play opportunities for young children (ages birth-five) including the Rootle Roadster Tour, bubbles, costumed characters, a variety of arts and crafts, police cars, Buster the School Bus, snowballs, a fire truck, and more.

In an effort to ensure the safety of all attendees and exhibitors, activities will be spread throughout the grounds to minimize crowding, additional sanitizing stations will be provided for all, and exhibitors will be asked to wear a mask throughout the event.

KidsFest has become an annual event celebrating the young child and promoting the importance of play in developing the minds and imaginations of young children. Play and good play environments allow opportunities for children to discover, create, imagine, explore, and experience materials that will foster language skills, writing, cooperation, and scientific and mathematical concepts.

The Outer Banks is also a beautiful place for young children to connect with nature and develop a love for the outdoors, and Roanoke Island Festival Park is the perfect venue for a wonderful morning of KidsFest fun and exploration!

This exciting event is provided free-of-charge, but would not be possible without the support of the Dare County community, and all of our local supporters. Please contact Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County (CYP) at 252-441-0614 for more information about the event, or to learn how you can volunteer to help on this fun morning of play!

*CYP will be monitoring local, state and federal guidelines for the most recent recommendations for events as KidsFest draws near. Follow CYP on Facebook at for updates regarding KidsFest and other CYP-related activities.