Family Activities

Nordic Fest is a fun event for the whole family! Cool off at the “Troll Badeland,” be mesmerized by Kevin, our very own balloon artist, stop by ArtHaus for arts and crafts, and experience all the other family-friendly attractions!

Kids Activities Schedule

FAMILY FORNELØYSE (FUN) ACTIVITIES SATURDAY 9:00 AM-3:00 PM DECORAH COVENANT CHURCH Enjoy self-directed family activities like: Engineering with KEVA Planks, Building an eagle’s nest, Water activities, and other fun family games. Air Conditioning/Restrooms/Baby Changing Area Sponsored by Donlon Pharmacy & Toy Jungle & Decorah Covenant Church. Donation by Raptor Resource Project.

FAMILY HIKE WITH WINNESHIEK COUNTY CONSERVATION FRIDAY 9:00-9:45 AM PHELPS PARK Join Winneshiek County Conservation for a 45-minute hike along the Phelps Park trail overlooking the Upper Iowa River and Decorah Community Prairie. This out-and-back trail is an easy-tomoderate hike with some inclines, narrow paths, and stairs, not recommended for strollers. Sponsored by Winneshiek County Conservation.

GIANT GAMES ON WATER STREET! FRIDAY 9:00 AM-8:00 PM SATURDAY 1:00-8:00 PM LOCATED UP AND DOWN WATER STREET Families can enjoy time together playing games like: Giant Jenga, Under the Knife Operating Game, Four to Win, Kan Jam, Snake Pit, and Sling Shot. Sponsored by Decorah Rental.

GNOMES IN THE PARK! ALL DAY FRIDAY & SATURDAY THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN DECORAH Stop by the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce and pick up a list of clues to find gnomes in the local parks. Find the gnomes and return your findings to the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce for your chance to win a drawing prize. This activity is organized by Decorah Parks & Recreation and is perfect for kids, adults or the whole family!

TROLL’S TROLLEY (POKEY PETE) Tickets sold at the corner of Washington and Water Streets. Sponsored by the Lions Club.

BOOK SIGNING W/LOCAL AUTHOR, REGINA NOEL DOWNING (GIVE A LITTLE SNUGGLE) See schedule for times. Sing along and play along with Ms. Regina, author of Give a Little Snuggle, the story/song book created simply for connecting. Bring your book along for Ms. Regina to autograph!

“FAMILY IMPRESSIONS” ART STATIONS See schedule for times. Create a piece of family art to share with other Fest-goers! Paint or draw your family portrait, a favorite quote that got you through the past year, or something that will just inspire others! Be sure to hang it on the provided line for others to see!

ENERGY DISTRICT POP-UP ACTIVITIES See schedule for times. Make your own Viking Ship & Pinwheel with the Winneshiek Energy District & Green Iowa Americorp.

ARTHAUS ACTIVITIES SATURDAY 10:00 AM-5:00 PM DECORAH COVENANT CHURCH Create clay cutouts of Norwegian themed shapes and get really creative with Spin Art. *Don’t forget to walk over the ArtHaus (107 W. Broadway) to take your photo with their new mural painted by local artist Mathew Havran. Sponsored by ArtHaus.

BALLOONS BY KEVIN THURSDAY 5:00–9:00 PM FRIDAY 1:00-7:00 PM SATURDAY 3:00-7:00 PM CORNER OF WATER AND WASHINGTON Balloons by Kevin is the Midwest’s premier balloon artist providing twisting entertainment, balloon arches, storefront/event decor, custom photo ops, deliveries, balloon drops and releases, and much more for 100s of events annually. Kevin is grateful for a job he loves and the ability to make memories for individuals and families and to help people discover their inner child.

EULENSPIEGEL PUPPET THEATRE SATURDAY 1:00 PM SAL FINK, CATFISH WRANGLER 2:00 PM MUSIC AND PUPPET-MAKING 3:30 PM MAGICAL FISH AND MERMAIDS KID’S TENT MAIN & WINNEBAGO STREET Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, based in river-rich Iowa, celebrates river culture with stories.

INTERACTIVE PLAY FOR ALL AGES Offered 9:00 AM-9:00 PM Friday and after the parade-9:00 PM Saturday. Find a variety of interactive play activities near the Sunflower Child Development Center food booth on Water St. An infant changing station will also be available.

  • Ages 0-2- Foam mat flooring with a small ball pit and a few play items
  • Ages 2-4- Foam mat flooring with sensory bin
  • Ages 4-8- Foam mat flooring with tube and connect toys
  • Available for all ages- coloring pages, sidewalk chalk, balancing stones