Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., will present the fourth annual AAAH: C.B.A.R.F. (Cardboard Boxes Are Really Fun), a community art party all about building with cardboard boxes, Saturday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Kids and adults will work together, armed with packing tape, to turn a huge collection of recycled boxes from local businesses into whatever structures arise. The main event and large-scale construction will take place in the downstairs Fallout Shelter performance space. New this year, the Bridge Studio will be open for younger children who might prefer building on a smaller scale, with materials perfectly suited for little hands.

“Messing around with cardboard boxes isn’t far from what artists are doing in their studios here,” said Bridget Matros, Waterfall Arts’ Youth & Family Outreach Coordinator.

“It’s the whole creative process at work: imagination, problem solving, skills development, experimentation — plus, everything from social skills to engineering know-how develop when kids are making stuff and pretending,” Matros said.

AAAH: C.B.A.R.F. is a free event for artists of all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult (they will need a hand with tape). For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.

Throughout the year, the Matros-led All Ages Art Happenings (AAAH) events engage local youth and families through community-building art parties with memorable, themed, multi-sensory art experiences for all ages. The Youth & Family Outreach Program is made possible by local business sponsor The Green Store. Additional support is provided by foundations such the Onion Foundation, the Davis Family Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission, as well as individual donors.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.