Used with permission of the Utah Arts Festival; photo by Nicole Morgenthau

While much of the Utah Arts Festival will appeal to slightly older crowds, kids rule the Art Yard. 

All kids 12 and younger get into the festival for free, and the Art Yard is open from 12 to 9 p.m. each day specifically for them.

Once at the yard, kids can let loose by coloring the furniture, walls, carpets and more in the Living Room of Mischief project. They can also decorate a gigantic monster with paint and toilet paper rolls or add arms and legs to mini monsters. Or they can go for our favorite, creating a freestyle spider web.

A special section of the Art Yard is zoned for toddlers and open until 8 p.m., with activities for kids ages 4 and younger like turning a paper bag into a hat, getting faces painted and even airbrush temporary tattoos.

Nonprofits have also teamed up with the Utah Arts Festival to add to the Art Yard. Check out Summerhays Music Center's Instrument Petting Zoo, Tracy Aviary's build-your-own fantasy flying beasts and the UMOCA's pipe cleaner bees. Sticking with the monster theme, Art Access and Utah Youth Village offer kids a chance to make monster masks, while Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Utah Youth Village and Visual Art Institute help kids create monster claws.

For lunch, hit the PB&J booth and check out acts on the Art Yard Stage, like breakdancing by the Bboy Federation's Junior Division, DJ Rob Ferre and the Salt Lake Youth Ballet.

The Utah Arts Festival is going on at Library Square in SLC now through Sunday, June 23. For a full schedule of what's going on in the Art Yard, click here.