The Idaho Falls Arts Council Roaring Youth Jam begins Thursday and goes through Saturday. The theme of the 17th annual free event is "100 Years of Theater."

The 12 art tents have different projects that go along with the theater theme, from creating drama masks to learning how to apply theater makeup.

"We try to do a variety of mediums, so we have painting, coloring, collage, sculpture," said Georgina Goodlander, visual arts director for the Idaho Falls Arts Council.

She recommends your kids wear clothes they can get a little messy. Besides the art tents, there will be about 20 vendor booths which also have activities to do. One of the booths will have Smokey Bear in attendance each day as he celebrates his 75th birthday. The Junk Jam will return this year and there will be a new, similar experience where you can ride a bicycle and drip paint on a drum.

Part of the excitement at the Roaring Youth Jam is the musical performances on the stage. Performances begin at 11 a.m. each day and feature local talent. The Idaho Falls Ballet Theatre will also be at the costume corner from 11 - noon each day.

"A lot of what we try to do at the Arts Council is exposing kids to different types of art," Goodlander said. "We're really trying to provide them with that opportunity at no cost to the parents, and parents don't have to worry about cleaning up the mess either, so they get to leave, hopefully, about being creative."

The event has more than 300 volunteers including missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"We couldn't do any of it without those people," Goodlander said.

The Arts Council does accept donations. The list of supplies needed includes coloring supplies, cotton balls, toilet paper tubes and old kid costumes.

"We have a wonderfully creative team here that can come up with a project out of about anything," she said.

Find more information about the Roaring Youth Jam.