It may only be March, there’s but no time like the present to get your shows lined up for this year’s Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Tickets just went on sale, so you can get into the shows your really want to see. It all takes place on Granville Island May 28th to June 3rd with top flight acts from across the globe made specifically with kids in mind. Here are three of our picks for this year’s fest so go ahead and book one! PS: Vancouver Mom is a presenting sponsor of Poggle, made for the littlest of theatre goers.
Three Kids Fest shows for the little ones
For babies and toddlers: Poggle
Created with the smallest of theatre goers in mind, this delightful Scottish show allows you to share a special moment with your little one in a world filled with play, exploration and wonder. With live music, clapping rhythms and bubble popping (yes!), Poggle takes you on a magical journey as Poggle and his friend find the joy in nature and strength in themselves. Children are invited to explore the forest and discover its secrets within the set after the show. Ages 0-3.
For kids who want to get up and boogie: Splash’N Boots Live
When you mix a little bit of yellow with blue you usually get green, but when Treehouse TV’s Splash’N Boots take the stage, you get a wild tornado of fun and joy. Get ready to move and groove and show off your dance moves at the wildest family dance party of the year! Recently nominated for their 4th Juno award for Children’s Album of the Year, Splash and Boots can’t wait to meet you! Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to get up off your feet! Ages 1-8.
For dog-lovers and kids who love a good puppet show: New Owner
Who doesn’t love a puppet dog? Delightfully clever, New Owner is a touching look into life through a dog’s eyes. Audiences will be captivated by the show’s innovative blend of live performance, puppetry and animation. Come explore a moving and humorous tale about loss, friendship and new beginnings that will have you howling for more. Woof Woof! Ages 5 and up.
The activity village will be open again this year, and it’s always a big hit. Circus skills, master face painters, an amazing maze, giant board games, an arts and science lab, yoga, origami, twist and toddle and more, this is a place for your little people to get right in there and play. If you’ve got a show ticket, you get in with your wristband. You can also buy activity village wristbands for $6 per person on-site.
This post is sponsored by Vancouver International Children’s Festival
The 41st annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival takes place May 28 – June 3 on Granville Island where world-class theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry and storytelling comes to entertain Vancouver children and families. This year, ten professional performing artists from as far-reaching as Scotland and Australia are scheduled to perform 73 shows with more performing artists to be added to the lineup in the coming month.
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).