BetterArts to Host Kids' Room at Irishfest

Leprechaun House Image from Alphamom.
BetterArts has partnered with the 28th Annual North Country Goes Green Irish Festival in Watertown March 15-17, and will be hosting this year's Children's Room to provide arts 'n' crafts and games to kids of all ages.

The three-day event, which draws thousands of people to the Dulles State Office Building where festivities are held, features a parade, entertainment, activities, and food all weekend long. BetterArts will host children's events Saturday and Sunday. The festival opens up at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 with a pageant, beard-growing contest, and evening entertainment featuring The Prodigals.

Entertainment is slated from 11 a.m.-midnight on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday on two floors of the Dulles State Office Building. The parade is scheduled at 1 p.m. Sunday, beginning on Flower Avenue East and ending at the state office building. For the full schedule of events, click here.

This year's children's room will feature the following activities hosted by betterArts:
  • Games: Ring Toss, Pin the Hat on the Leprechaun, Bean Bag Toss, Fishing Game, Corn Hole
  • Arts & Crafts: Egg-Carton Caterpillars, Coloring, Build-Your-Own Leprechaun
  • Face Painting
  • Instrument Making: Kazoos, Tambourines
  • Jewelry Making
  • Seed Planting Decorate Your Own Plant Pot, Learn About Compost, Plant Seeds to Take Home
WPBS will also be providing a story reading at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets will be available on-site and are as follows: $6 admission Friday & Saturday, younger than 12 is free. Sunday is family day with $6 admission for family and $2 individual admission. The Dulles State Office Building is located at 217 Washington St., Watertown.

Proceeds from the Irish Festival will go to “Project Children North” which brings kids from Ireland for 6 weeks in the summer. Children stay with local host families and get the opportunity to experience the United States The proceeds from the festival also goes to scholarships and other charities such as Wounded Warrior, USO, Credo Foundation, Urban Mission and food pantries within the tri-county area.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.