Children’s Activities

The children’s area specializes in hands-on, interactive activities. Stop by the Children’s Area for interactive games, crafts, mini-concerts, story tellering, dance, magic and much more!

The entire festival is kid and family friendly as well. The music, workshops, crafts, and food apeal to all ages!


2017 Children’s Area Performers


Bluff Country Tale Spinners

The Bluff Country Tale Spinners storytelling guild promotes the appreciation of the art of storytelling and the development of storytelling skills among its members. Beginner through advanced tellers share stories and receive feedback from members. Story listeners are welcome and needed. The guild meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month at King St. Kitchen and holds the La Crosse Storytelling Festival in Myrick Park, September 8-9, Wisconsin’s only storytelling festival!
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Saturday, Terry Visger and Teri Wachuta
Sunday, Peter Petersilie and Teri Wachuta

David Nash

David Nash

David Nash is a Minnesota singer-songwriter who has played all throughout the country. He has three CDs with a fourth on the way. He spends most of his days entertaining kids working as a children’s eye doctor.

Josh Peters

Josh Peters - The Dangerous Fun Show

Based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Josh created the Dangerous Fun Show in 2007 to share his love of traditional sideshow stunts and ancient magical acts, inspiring audiences to move beyond their fears to a state of mind where anything is possible. The Dangerous Fun Show blends comedy, action, and audience participation while featuring fire eating, a bed of nails, and even an exciting escape from a strait jacket and chains.

Bring your family and prepare yourselves to experience Dangerous Fun!

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Parenting Place

Parenting Place - Abby Lee

Abby Lee and her crew from Parenting Place in La Crosse will run an art factory: an open art event for kids and their imaginations. The Parenting Place is a place for all who care for young children. Their resources prepare, strengthen, and support parents and caregivers by creating greater understanding of the impact they have on the lives of children in their care. Through such increased understanding, children will have a positive, supportive, and loving start in life.

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Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Michael Scott, Storyteller and creator of La Crosse’s Old School Variety Show will host an Old School Variety Show, Jr. Edition, an open microphone and talent show for kids of all ages. Bring your kids to showcase their talents with our open microphone, talent, and variety show!

The Old School Variety Show was developed in the spring of 2007. The show’s creator, Michael Scott, realized that some of his best memories involved simply gathering friends for an evening, sharing stories, and talents. He began to wonder, “Could that intimate, organic form of entertainment be achieved publicly?” He enlisted the talents of musicians Mike Caucutt and Nancy Stoll along with popular local actress Nikki Andrews and the Old School Variety Show was born. The experiment first commenced at The Grand Hotel Ballroom in historic downtown La Crosse. The results were a resounding success. The show goes back to a time when people created their own entertainment. At one time there were no movie theaters, no radio, and no television. Entertainment was always live. On a Saturday night, your family and friends would gather in the parlor and someone would play the piano, someone else would recite poetry, your cousin would play the banjo, and your uncle would do magic tricks. This show recreates that experience. It’s fun, it’s live. . .it’s old school.

Sue Hauser

Sue Hauser

Sue Hauser has performed a wide variety of music in the La Crosse area over the past 40 years. While her main instruments are fiddle, flute, autoharp and guitar, she enjoys the challenge of trying to play music on “nontraditional instruments.” These can include anything from saws and silverware to bottles and boxes, even a turkey baster and nose whistle!

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