Photo of little girl with her face painted at the 2004 Powell Street Festival, taken by Jon ElderThe Children’s Tent is open from 12pm to 5pm only!

Take part in a variety of free, supervised children’s activities in the tent, Saturday & Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm. Please sign up at the Children’s Tent for Suika Wari, Tug of War, and the Kiai Contest ahead of time; space is limited. (Not a child care program; do not leave children unattended). 



Photo of Suika Wari (the Watermelon Game) at the 2006 Powell Street Festival – by John Endo GreenawayWatermelon Game (Suika Wari)

Saturday, 2:00-2:30pm 

Put on a blindfold, hit the watermelon, and win a prize! Sign up in advance at the Children’s Tent.   





Tug-of-WarPhoto of the Tug of War at the 2008 Powell Street Festival - by Jeanie Ow

Saturday&Sunday, 4:00-4:30pm

Work together as a team and win prizes. Sign up in advance at the Children’s Tent.




Origami (Paper Folding) 折り紙遊び

Saturday, 12:00pm – 2:00pm 土曜、午後12時〜2時

Origami with PALM (Paper Folders Around the Lower Mainland)

Kiai Contest

Sunday, 2:00-2:30pm

Photo of the Kiai Contest at the Children's Tent at the 2005 Powell Street Festival, taken by Jon Elder

This is the time that kids can be as noisy as they want! Volunteer judges award prizes for the loudest, most creative, scariest screams and yells. Sign up in advance at the Children’s Tent.




Sounds of Japan

Sunday, 3:00PM-3:45PM    

Within all cultures is the love of music. Through their exuberant energy and passion of sharing their traditional musical instruments these internationally renowned masters of their art, foster a deeper appreciation of music and culture through experiencing authentic Japan traditional instruments such as taiko (drums), shakuhachi (bamboo flute), shinobue (bamboo flute), and shamisen (spiked lute) in a hands-on and dynamic way showing how closely related we all are despite our seeming differences. Presented with ArtStarts!





Ongoing all weekend (12:00pm-5:00pm): Face painting and hat making!



Face painting at the 2004 Powell Street Festival, taken by Jon Elder
Suika Wari (the Watermelon Game) at the 2006 Festival, by John Endo Greenaway.
Tug of War at the 2008 Festival, by Jeanie Ow.
Origami, 2017, Photo Credit Shannon RD Miller
The Kiai Contest at the 2005 Festival, by Jon Elder.