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Kids of PoWR

Inspiring the Global Interfaith Leaders of Tomorrow

August 14-18, 2023 | McCormick Place Lakeside Center

Kids of PoWR track at the 2023 Parliament Convening.


Programming for children and families.


Register your child or book a field trip for your school.

Kids of PoWR Programs

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Angels for Ukraine: Art with a Purpose

    Join in and create a lovely paper angel which is the symbol of protection or other beautiful cutwork image with amazing Ukrainian artist and performer Marta.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Buddha and the Bottle Cap: Transforming Trash to Treasure

    Plastic is consuming our world and cannot always be recycled. Turn it into things of joy and learn about other great choices for our Earth.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Celebration Time Capsule: Faith in Celebrations

    Create artwork depicting a celebration you love and record yourself telling future generations about why it’s special to you! Recordings go onto the time capsule.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Cracking the Zoroastrian Code: Messages From the Oldest Recorded Faith

    The Cyrus Tablet holds an ancient alphabet that you will decode and create your own message to our modern-day world on Creation Care and Human Rights!

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Golden Rule Spinner Game: The Universal Peace Hack

    Did you know that there are over 22 faith-based versions of the Golden Rule. Spin our big Golden Rule spinner and see how they all teach us to love each other. Win your own bamboo ruler that reminds you that “You are a Golden Ruler”

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Learning Turban: An Outward Message

    What is the significance of the beautiful turban that is headwear for many in the Sikh community? Come and sit a minute and have your own personal turban experience gently tied upon your head.

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    Love Over Fear: Peace Art from Gun Parts

    Make your own kindness creation from pieces for parts of deconstructed guns.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Mine of Virtues: The Jewels of Humanity

    What is a virtue and why is it such an important principle in the Bahá’í Faith? Join in this fun activity to learn how the Baha’i tradition teaches that all human beings are created noble by God, and the “gems” inside each of us are the spiritual virtues that we can unearth through education. Put on your miner’s hat, enter the sparkling mine and discover your very own virtuous gem.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Our Time Capsule: Celebrations of Joy

    Capture a celebration through artwork and film a video to share with future generations.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Paganism Rocks: Inspirational Symbols for Your Life’s Journey

    Choose a power word just for you, let that word inspire you to create a meaningful symbol that you will paint on a river stone to carry and take on your life’s journey.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Party like a Jain: Nonviolence as a Way of Life

    Can you try not hurting the tiniest ant on the ground, or choosing carob as a sweet treat in order protect our earth? Come visit “Jain” the Calf of PoWR who would love for us to live a compassionate vegetarian lifestyle and learn about the deep commitment the Jain community has to avoid violence in all things.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Strike a Pose: The Amazing Yoga Kindness Connection

    Learn how yoga connects body, mind, and soul which leads to more personal peace and kindness. The animal poses can even make the connection to nature itself! Pictures included!

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Tea Thyme: Healing Teas from Dandelions and More

    Meet Mambo Jae Herb Goddess and Priestess in the African Traditional Religions. Visit her Parliament kitchen and engage in a hands-on program making and sampling healing teas from regional herbs that you can find in your backyard.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    The Affirmation Station: The Power of I Am

    One of the easiest tools we can use to shift our consciousness from fear to love, is an affirmation. Come Affirm your wisdom, goodness and strength and learn how this wonderful process can change your thinking about yourself and the world.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    The Bully and Me: The Healsters

    Join CAIR and learn about their amazing Know Your Rights Anti-Bullying program.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    The Heart of Islam: Kindness and the Power of Words

    Create art and learn how unkind words can forever leave wrinkles on the human heart. Jump in the Photo booth and Be the I in Kindness!

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    The Tree of Compassion: Growing Kindness and Empathy

    Learn all about how we lift each other up with compassion. Add your “leaf” to the Children’s Charter Tree of Compassion, and your heart will grow 3 sizes.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    The Unity Necklace: Beads On One String

    We are all human beads on the string of life and we shine brighter because of our diversity. Decorate your own beautiful bead and string it on our dazzling necklace of humanity.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    We Are Able: Learning to Walk in the Dark

    Join us to discover our strength through our disabilities. Navigate a ropes maze with covered eyes and learn the many ways we return to our bodies. Find strength in your weakness.

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    What Would You Do? Living Our Values Each Day

    Learn how to use the Ten Commitments as a guide for decisions we make each day to better care for each other and our planet.

    About Kids of PoWR

    The Parliament of the World’s Religions is teaming up once again with Spiritual Playdate to bring fun, interactive, and inspiring kids and family programs to the 2023 Parliament Convening in Chicago this August.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to share in a unique and engaging Kids of PoWR program track and uplift this next generation with hope and courage. Are you a parent, grandparent, teacher, faith educator, counselor, or mentor of young people? Experience a new way of connecting with kids on a heart level.

    • The Kids of PoWR program track at the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions is open to children ages 6-13 in the company of a *parent or guardian.

      • General Admission – $100
        • 1 child admission ticket
        • 5-day access to all programs
        • Free lunch with langar
      • 2 Kids for Price of 1 Day Pass – $50
        • 2 child admission tickets
        • 1-day access on the date of choice
        • Free lunch with langar
      • Kid groups of 10+ – $12
        • For schools and group field trips
        • 1-day access on the date of choice
        • Requires at least 1 adult per 15 children
        • Email for field trip information.

      *Note: Children must be accompanied by an adult.

      Chaperones must register for the general PoWR conference at $50 for a day pass (Code: KidsDay) and $125 for the week(Code: KidsWeek).

      Family passes for registrants booking accommodations through the PoWR hotel block will cost $500 for Parliament access and include two adults and up to four children attending as Kids of PoWR participants. Email with your booking confirmation for next steps.

    • The Parliament of the World’s Religions and Spiritual Playdate are committed to fostering dialogue that transcends borders of both faith and land, enabling youth to explore, discover, and celebrate the beauty and power of belief and conscience.

      To this end, we seek to build bridges of acceptance and understanding by facilitating face-to-face interactions and enacting thoughtful, inclusive, and fun programs that spark ongoing impact in both individuals and communities.

      PoWR and Spiritual Playdate’s first official programmatic partnership took place at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, Canada with the Interfaith Family Festival.

      At the 2023 Parliament Convening in Chicago, we’re doing it again with the Kids of PoWR track and it’s more important than ever!

    Contact Us

    Have questions about Kids of PoWR? Email us at or give us a call at +1 (312) 629-2990.