Discover, Create, and Get Very Messy at May MESStival!

There is one thing most kids love — making a mess!

That’s why Kaleideum, with the support of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem, is holding a May MESStival: a messy festival combining art, science, and the music of Big Bang Boom. 

Starting at Noon on Saturday, May 21, at Kaleideum North, families will immerse themselves in goo, gunk, and grit to create art and explore science. 

“The best part is parents and caregivers don’t have to clean up,” said Kaleideum Executive Director Elizabeth Dampier. “Kids can do all the fun things that they are not allowed to do at home!”

From mud painting and oobleck pools to confetti cannons and foot painting, there will be plenty of ooey, gooey, slimy messes to dive into. Local artists will also be on hand to help guests create collaborative works of art using various media and techniques.  

Artists participating in the May MESStival include:

  • Stewart Knight of Red Dog Gallery
  • Cat Redmond of Cat Redmond Art
  • Victoria Vassar

Bring a towel! We’ll provide hoses to clean up outside. And we’ll finish up the day with a music! At  3 pm, Big Bang Boom will put on a concert in the Outdoor Science Park amphitheater.

“Big Bang Boom has been playing at Kaleideum for years pre-pandemic,” Dampier said. “This is a high energy kindie rock band that calls kids up on stage to sing along and plays everything from covers with a twist to funky original rock music, and we are so excited to welcome them back to Kaleideum to be part of the MESS!”


Don’t Miss the Mess!

What: May Messtival

Where: Kaleideum North, 400 W Hanes Mill Road

When: Saturday, May 21, Noon-5 pm

Tickets: The May Messtival is included with regular admission or membership. Save $3 per person regular admission when you buy early online at (Online $7; day of $10.)



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