Ignite Your Child’s Imagination: Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Are you ready for a week of pure magic and delight? The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is back, and it’s bringing a world of entertainment right to Granville Island! Families will have the chance to experience a spectacular lineup of performances and activities designed to captivate and inspire young minds. Whether you have a tiny tot or a curious preschooler, there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival. So, mark your calendars and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime!

2024 Festival Details

The festival occurs May 27 – June 2 in person on Granville Island. You can expect world-class theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry and storytelling performers who come from all over the world to entertain Vancouver children and families. 

Yassama and the Beaded Calabash

May 31 – June 2
Ages 3 and up

A lady on stage performing for the International Children's Festival
Photo credit:  Dahlia Katz

Grounded in the rich tapestry of African oral tradition, Yassama and the Beaded Calabash narrates the tale of a young girl. Assisted by the ancient Baobab tree, she becomes the savior of her village during a drought, imparting a profound lesson on the significance of revering and cherishing Mother Earth.

Grab your tickets here: >> Yassama and the Beaded Calabash

Tree – a show for babies and toddlers

May 28-June 2
Ages: 0-2 years

A group of people with todldlers walking around a crafted Tree for the International Children's Festival
Photo Credit: Sylvie-Ann Paré

Experience the magical world of Tree in this gentle and intimate show for the youngest of audiences. Tree is a rare opportunity for your baby to experience live theatre created just for them! 

Settle into mama bird’s cozy nest while she warms her luminous clutch of eggs. Plants, insects, and animals visit, accompanied by soothing melodies and rhythmic music. As evening falls, you’ll rest under the rising moon, stars, and the shimmering Milky Way, gathering strength to spread your wings like a fledgling bird of light.

Grab your tickets here: >> Tree

The Papa Penguin Play

May 30, May 31, June 1, June 2
Ages 3-8

A cartoon image of a penguins for the International Children's Festival
Photo Credit: Julie McLaughlin

Meet Peaches and Izzy, the beloved penguin pair who light up the Zoo with their daily performances! These two male penguins have stolen the spotlight as the Zoo’s star attraction. Their harmonious life takes an unexpected turn when other penguin couples start hatching eggs and raising chicks. Inspired by their desire to start a family, Peaches and Izzy embark on a heartwarming journey with the help of the Zoo Keeper. Join them as they celebrate their penguin chick’s first birthday in a truly unforgettable way. “The Papa Penguin Play” is a musical that celebrates the diversity of family and the performer within us all.

Written by Dave Deveau and co-commissioned and co-produced by Carousel Theatre for Young People and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival in association with Zee Zee Theatre.

Tickets on sale here: >> The Papa Penguin Play

Fred Penner

Fred Penner the iconic chidlren's singer a headshot picture of him for the International Children's Festival

Join in the fun with Fred Penner, one of Canada’s most cherished children’s singers and a four-time Juno winner, at this year’s Festival!

For over 40 years, Fred has delighted audiences with his catchy tunes that capture the magic of childhood, including favorites like “The Cat Came Back” and “What a Day.” His award-winning music and heartfelt lyrics have left a lasting impression that transcends generations.

Fred’s genuine warmth and infectious enthusiasm create an instant emotional bond with fans of all ages. Don’t miss this opportunity to introduce your children to the music of this Canadian music icon!

Grab your tickets here: >> Fred Penner

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Your Show tickets include free wristbands to enter the Festival’s Activity Village where you and your kids can get creatively playful at over 15 hands-on art stations!

Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2024

Tickets on sale now and start at only $6 plus service charges and tax.

*Some shows allow Babes in arms. Babes in arms refers to babies under the age of 12 months, who will not require a seat, and will remain in the arms of their parent or guardian. They are welcome to attend select performances at no charge.

Website: www.childrensfestival.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KidsFest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicf

This Post is Sponsored by the VICF

Ignite your child’s playful joy at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival! Enjoy spectacular shows from around the world for kids and families of all ages from May 27 to June 2. The 2023 Festival will offer performances featuring circus arts, puppetry, theatre, dance, music and lots of arts activities created just for children. Tickets are on sale now, visit ChildrensFestival.ca


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