Let’s Get Creative, Kids!

Have you been searching for a unique, educational and action-packed experience to share with your children? If so, we think someone’s fairy godmother just waved a wand and made it happen, because the Surrey Children’s Festival is all that and more! It’s an arts-oriented event that’s focused on inspiring children and encouraging them to unleash their creativity. There really is something for everyone, from babies and toddlers to tweens.

The festival takes place at Bear Creek Park and Surrey Arts Centre from May 21st to May 23rd. On Thursday and Friday it runs from 9:00am to 2:30pm, and on Saturday it runs from 10:30am to 7:30pm. Site entrance is free, but there is a cost for some of the shows and activities. Ticket information is as follows:

Regular Tickets: $10.00 (Includes Arts Activity Wristband)
Under 3 years: $6
Arts Activity Wristband: $5 (Valid all 3 days. Free for adults supervising children)
Family Pack (4 tickets): $36.00
Saturday All Access Pass: $12 (limited number available)

You might want to bring a picnic and take in the atmosphere, or you might be inspired to take advantage of the plethora of activities available! Below, we’ve listed many (but not all) of the festival’s arty opportunities:

Festival Procession

The festival’s 11th annual procession is led by the amazing Axé Capoeira, a renowned traveling group which promotes the history, music, art, and culture of Brazil in interactive and educational demonstrations. Wear your Halloween costume if you feel like getting in on the action, and meet at the Community Spirit Stage on Saturday, May 23 at 12:30.

Live Entertainment

Renowned international and local children’s performers will grace the festival’s stages to put on unforgettable shows for your little (and not so little) ones! This year’s lineup includes The Street Circus – a husband and wife circus duo that performs over 100 tricks and stunts, Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre, Music With Marnie – catchy, high-energy tunes that get babies and preschoolers moving, and the French-Canadian trio Bon Débarras.

Arts Activities (Wristband required)

Big Top Circus Fun
Always dreamed of running away with the circus? This is the best of both worlds – explore the exciting Circus Arts (like juggling and walking on stilts) and still return to your warm bed at the end of the day.

Clay Arts
Port Metro Vancouver presents this activity that uses clay to investigate intermodal transportation around the world. Children develop small motor skills and imaginations as they shape ships, trains and trucks.

Cut/Move/Snap Animation Activity
Watching animated shows is fun, but what goes into their creation? Reel 2 Real Youth Film Society will help your child produce their own animated short film sequence, and probably blow their mind in the process!

My Family Tree
Explore your family tree in a unique and festive way, by decorating a tree with your story.  Come back on Saturday to see all the families on display!

Nylon Zoo
Dress up as your favourite animal and experience storytelling like never before, in the heart of a giant salmon!

Arts Activities (free!)

Chalk Arts
Have you ever walked past a chalk artist creating life-like masterpieces on the sidewalk and wondered how they do it? Now’s your chance to flex your own creativity – large scale style.

Giant Sandbox

It’s just like it sounds. Get creative. Get messy. Build. Destroy. Repeat.

Marimba Station
there’s nothing like making music to get those creative juices flowing! Learn to play the marimbas in this fun and easy musical workshop.

Storytelling Tent
The festival’s storytelling tent, presented by Surrey Libraries, features delightful puppets, songs and stories from around the world.

For a full list and timetable of events, visit the Surrey Children’s Festival website.

Photo courtesy of CTV News.