The largest of its kind in North America, this top-notch, annual kids’ arts and culture extravaganza features diverse main stage acts from across the globe, as well as a whopping number of sight activities, a beloved assortment of roving artists, amusing acts and activities in Shaw’s Toddler Town, high-energy Outdoor Stage performances and loads of free stuff. Whew … with so much excitement packed along the picturesque banks of the Sturgeon River in St. Albert, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed! But don’t worry – whether you’re a Festival rookie or seasoned veteran, a few simple tips can make all the difference. Here are five to get you started …
Tip 1: Make it a weekend!
With busy families in mind and programming primarily geared towards school groups during the week, organizers have tweaked the Festival this year to include BOTH Saturday and Sunday! That means an extra day to enjoy the best in children’s entertainment and spend time with your loved ones immersed in fun!
Tip 2: Buy A Pass
A Kids Butterfly Pass can be purchased for $20 and includes admission to one feature performance (excluding Festival Finale), unlimited access to Festival Site Activities and Toddler Town, as well as a caricature trading card and a bag of popcorn for good measure!
Tip 3: Create A Plan
While the Festival offers a rainbow of enriching experiences, one of the biggest draws year after year are the ‘headliner’ acts. This year’s weekend Feature Performances include:
• BAM Percussion a fiery percussive trio from Québec whose frenzied rhythms, side-splitting humour and contagious energy leaves audiences with just one wish … MORE!
• American variety artist, Jonathan Burns uses his unique gifts of flexibility, curiosity, goofiness and never-ending energy to astonish millions across the globe.
• From Alex the Lion to four hilarious plotting penguins, you’re in for a crack-a-lackin’ good time with Madagascar – A Musical Adventure performed by St. Albert Children’s Theatre.
• Marvin the mouse takes kids on a glow-in-the-dark cosmic (puppet) adventure of a lifetime in Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey and teaches kids to embrace their differences.
• Niniimi’iwe (she/he gives a dance) is a mystical, multicultural dance experience from Winnipeg’s Aboriginal School of Dance aimed at fostering empathy and understanding of Native American culture.
• Jump up and down and dance around with Treehouse TV’s Splash ’N Boots, an award-winning Canadian dancing-singing sensation.
Tip 4: Engage in hands-on learning
Aside from the feature performances, there is also plenty of fun to be had with the plethora of Festival Site Activities! Kids get to roll-up their sleeves and try their hand at crafts from around the world. There will also be many opportunities for them to flex their creative muscle with an array of arts and crafts, music, storytelling and live performances! Admission to most of the site activities is $3, or included with the purchase of a Butterfly Pass.
Tip 5: Download the App
Don’t waste time searching for a paper brochure. This year, all the Festival fun is at your fingertips! Available April 5, 2017 for download, the FREE International Children’s Festival of the Arts App is your Passport to Adventure!
International Children’s Festival Details:
When: June 3rd & 4th, 2017
Where: St. Albert Place
Address: 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert AB
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.