In 1982, the Children's Program sought to provide a child-centered perspective on the Festival's two major programs, Korea and Oklahoma, with its own dedicated participants among the contingents of Oklahomans and Korean Americans. Visitors to the Children's Area could experience what it was like to grow up in the Oklahoma Territory and could discover the values and traditions that Korean Americans have handed down to their children. In order for any culture to survive, its traditions and values need to be passed from parents to their children. This may be achieved through instruction, but also through observation of ceremonies and games - or, more actively, through participation in such cultural practices, whether on a neighborhood street, a playground, or the Festival site.
Jean Alexander served as Children's Area Coordinator.