Children are an important focus of the community. That is why the festival has an allocated children’s play area that encourages artistic development. The Van Gough Bus allows up to 24 children in the bus at any given time, for 20 minutes. In addition, 2017 introduces a “robotics” expo with a focused intention to inspire elementary, middle and high school students to explore the field of robotics in their school and community an extra-curricular activity. A fashion parade will also be introduced in the 2017 festival.