SmArtSplash is free family fun day!

by James Dennison

A great event is coming to the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts for families with fun seeking kiddos and it’s called SmArtSplash! SmArtSplash is brought to you by ArtsinStark. This event has been running for over ten years and this year is inspired by the popular children’s book “Commotion in the Ocean” and will feature dance performances, music and booths that are both fun and educational!

The center stage of the Cultural Center for the Arts (the one with the flying horse) will feature beautiful  performances of dance by the Canton Ballet and Ballet Le Reve and inspiring musical performances by Canton’s own Big Pat and Saxy Rob which will fascinate little kids and big adults alike. The stage will be surrounded by booths with loads of fun things to do including teaching artists from the Massillon Museum, VOCI, The Palace Theatre, and representatives from the SmArt schools. There will even be some fantastic “make and take” projects including shell shakers, shark mouths, sea life duct tape puppets and more!

I know this sounds perfect already, but WAIT… there’s more! The Canton Museum of Art will offer free admission and will also be hosting a super fun scavenger hunt. The Players Guild will be giving “Star-Studded Mini-Tours” and the Canton Symphony will offer a hands-on conducting experience on the main stage. You can even get your face painted by professional facepainters!

Participants in the K-5th SmArtSplash Art Show and Competition will have their artwork on exhibit in Wilkof Courtyard, with prizes being awarded for Best of Show and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the following age groups: K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, and 4th-5th grade. There will also be snacks and refreshments for sale in the super cool “Surf Shack” located inside Cable Hall.

So pack up the kids, grandkids, neighbor kids and your kids’ friends and bring them on down to SmArtSplash on Saturday March 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The event and parking is free and is located at the Cultural Center for the Arts just north of Downtown Canton on Market Avenue ( 1001 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44702) and for more information go to    

Children will need to be accompanied by an adult. See you there!