Enjoy a taste of Kids Fest magic at home as part of the online Kids Fest Pop Up, which takes place from Tuesday, May 26 to Sunday, May 31. You and the kids can take part in fun online events from stop motion animation and origami to dance and professional performances. And the best part? It’s all free!
Workshops for elementary school-aged kids
Dorky Dance Fitness
May 26, 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm, all ages and abilities
Feeling a little stir-crazy? It’s time to get your sillies out! Grab your goofiest outfit and join dance fitness instructor Sadye Osterloh for an all-ages, all-abilities get-fit class that will have you laughing, crying (due to laughter), and sweating your pants off.
Every Day Stop Motion Animation
Sunday, May 27, 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm, Ages 6-12
Learn about the magic of animation with award-winning and Emmy nominated animation filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns, who will show you techniques to create the illusion of movement through animation techniques you can do at home!
Saturday, May 30, 2020, 11:00 am — 11:30 am, ages 5 +
Grab some paper and get your hands readyto create some beautiful origami! Artist Jaylon Han takes you through the steps to making beautiful three-dimensional creations by simply folding paper. Don’t worry if you don’t have origami paper at home—any foldable scrap will do!
Cocoon-Time Creature Creations
Sunday, May 31, 2020, noon – 1 pm ages 5 +
Tamara guides you through creating your own very magical caterpillar filled with your dreams of a future world—just as the caterpillar’s future butterfly life is stored in its imaginal cells.
Performances for elementary school-aged kids
The Human Radio
Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 3:30 pm — 4:00 pm Ages 2 +
Through body percussion and beatboxing, Rup demonstrates and teaches how the body is indeed a musical instrument. Rup is a master at engaging kids. Using his diverse skills as a musician to create a pulsating, entertaining and engaging musical experience. A fun and captivating way to explore the universal language of music, be sure to ‘kick it freestyle’ with RupLoops!
Papergee and the Spider
May 27, 3:30 pm — 3:44 pm / May 29, 3:30 pm — 3:44 pm
May 30, Noon pm — 12:14 pm Ages 5 +
Sit back and watch the North American premiere of this charming Scottish stop motion animation film. Follow the story of a lost little girl on a journey of epic proportions helped by an unlikely friend with four pairs of helping hands.
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).