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Kidfest is a children’s discipleship weekend experience, targeting 6 through 12 year olds. Under the coordination of Church of God Youth and Discipleship, Kidfest is designed to give children an opportunity to come together with kids from other churches in various cities and states. For children’s ministry leaders, Kidfest models new methodology for children’s ministry, enabling children’s ministry workers and leaders to see new approaches. The weekend experience also provides opportunities for leadership networking as well as encouragement for children’s ministry workers and leaders.

Modeled after Winterfest, Kidfest is a weekend discipleship retreat type of event for children. Four weekend services contain age appropriate ministry utilizing some of the latest and greatest as well as tried and true ministry methods. Pentecostal in nature, relevant and fast paced, the services impact all who attend. Gifted and talented children are also involved in the services. The services are powerful and the results go well beyond the weekend experience, as they have a dramatic impact on the local church, whenever the children return home.

The schedule includes four services, beginning with Friday night, continuing on Saturday morning and Saturday evening, and concluding on Sunday morning. Between the services on Saturday, groups can participate in an outing to the amusement park in the area, or to a different activity of the leader’s choosing.
Everyone stays in a hotel during the event so the children have the opportunity to experience hotel living as well.

What is Kidfest? It is LIFE-CHANGING!

The Story of the First Kidfest

The Great Smoky Mountains has been invaded by the Church of God! They came on buses, vans, cars. They traveled from various states throughout the southeast. The windows of the vehicles told the story. Some read Kidfest 2006. Others stated the name of the church where they were coming from. Over 1,000 kids, chaperons and children’s ministry leaders were headed to the first ever Smoky Mountain Kidfest, held at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. May 19-21 was a weekend to remember! Lives were transformed. Children’s pastors and children’s ministry leaders bonded with their groups.

Complete with a stage that included a waterfall with running water, palm trees, tiki huts, and cave like walls, the ballroom at the hotel was transformed in a children’s sanctuary. They were entertained by Birdie May, village natives, archeologists, pink and green gorillas, as Kevin McHann and His Word Studio ministered in a unique and creative way.

At the conclusion of each service, the impact was felt and demonstrated as children throughout the room received from God. Many accepted Christ. Several were filled with the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Others were challenged to ‘go wild’ in their walk with Christ as they examined what was in their pot and what kind of mask they were wearing. God had a plan and those attending the Smoky Mountain Kidfest were transformed! It was a weekend of divine appointments!

Though this was the first in Gatlinburg, it was not the last! The 2017 Smoky Mountain Kidfest will be held May 5-7. Along with now 3 additional Kidfest around the country. Registration has already started and the event is expected to be completely sold out. For additional information, call 423-478-7229.

Kidfest is a weekend modeled after the Winterfest events. Children attend the weekends in various locations with their chaperons and groups leaders. Four dynamic services are offered throughout the weekend, geared directly to the kids. Groups and their leaders have opportunity for relationship building, staying together in the hotels. Once again, we have been reminded that ministry to kids is vital to the future of the church! For if we change a child, we change the future!


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A: Kidfest is for elementary age kids. We welcome everyone, but please understand the services are geared toward elementary age.
Frontier – Westin Hotel, Irving, TX
Carolina – Renaissance Hotel, Charlotte, NC
Midwest – Great Wolf Lodge, Mason, OH
Smoky Mountain – Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, TN
A: There is no charge for kids 2 years and younger.
A: Yes. As long as your group has paid the deposit, the final balance can be given at Kidfest registration. (This does not apply to Smoky Mountain Kidfest.) However, please keep in mind, no refunds will be given for no-shows or cancellations. If your numbers per room change, once your rooming list is turned in, your balance will remain the same.
A. Yes. Each Kidfest experience has a deadline for the rooming list so that the hotel can be reserved. If the rooming list is not received by the designated due date there can be no guarantee rooms will be available for your group. After the designated rooming list due date, there will be an additional $50.00 late fee added to the balance for the group. New groups can continue to be added as long as space is available.

Kidfest Weekend Schedule


4:00pm     Registration
6:45pm     Doors Open
7:30pm     Worship Time


8:15am Doors Open
8:45am Worship Time
11:30am Fun Time! Enjoy the Afternoon!
7:00pm Worship Time


8:15am Doors Open
9:00am Worship Time



P.O. Box 2430
Cleveland, TN  37320, United States
Office:  (423) 478-7229  Fax:  (423) 478-7050