The Children’s Festival may not be an in-person event this year but you can get enjoy a taste of the Kids Fest magic at home as part of the first ever online Kids Fest Pop Up!
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival’s Kids Fest Pop Up takes place from Tuesday, May 26 to Sunday, May 31 and parents, children (and teachers) can take part in daily online events that will delight, engage, and entertain. And it’s all free!
From beatboxer RupLoops and the queens from Parents Are a Drag, to the playful animation of Papergee and the magical theatre show White, the Kids Fest Pop Up will transform your living room into a front-row celebration of theatre, film, dance, and art. And whether you want to dance like nobody’s watching, learn to juggle, fold the perfect paper crane, become a cartoonist, or learn to draw beautiful Indigenous Art, Kids Fest Pop Up workshops will keep you learning, laughing, and creating.
“We couldn’t let the cancellation of the 2020 Vancouver International Children’s Festival stand in the way of planning something special for all the children and families,” says Katharine Carol, Artistic and Executive Director. “While we were obviously sad and disappointed that we couldn’t proceed with the festival as planned, we’re thrilled that we’ll be able to bring great shows and workshops to families. This is our way of making sure that, even though the annual festival on Granville Island has been cancelled due to Covid-19, families can enjoy a taste of the Kids Fest magic at home.”
Through a mix of pre-recorded performances and live streaming events, families can enjoy one show and one workshop every day at www.facebook.com/KidsFest. If you can’t catch them when they stream live, not to worry; performances will remain up on the Children’s Festival site until end of day May 31st.
Check out the full schedule of performances and activities at www.childrensfestival.ca, with information about recommended age, and details about the supplies you’ll want to have on-hand to take part in each workshop.
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous support of the pop up festival: Port of Vancouver, Amacon, City of Vancouver, British Columbia Arts Council, Province of BC, Government of Canada, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
This post is sponsored by the Vancouver International Children’s Festival
The longest running professional performing arts festival for young audiences and the first of its kind in North America and Europe, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival presents the world’s finest music, theatre, dance, puppetry, acrobatics and storytelling, as well as creative arts activities for the entire family. Families come to Granville Island from near and far to experience this extraordinary annual arts festival created specifically for children and families.
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).