Join the circus, build a robot, or make a bird house – just a few of the cool workshops and activities at this year’s Whistler Children’s Festival.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 17, 2016
WHISTLER, BC – Get ready for a weekend of action packed fun and creativity for the whole family. The Whistler Children’s Festival is set to hit Whistler Olympic Plaza from July 8-10, 2016. Returning for its 33rd year, the weekend kicks off with a free, all-ages Kick-off Dance Party at Whistler Olympic Plaza on Friday, July 8 from 5pm-8pm. Saturday and Sunday feature two full days of live performances, free activities, and lots of hands-on creative workshops for kids. Registration for creative workshops and festival tickets is available online now at www.whistlerchildrensfestival.com.
As Whistler’s longest-running community festival, the Whistler Children’s Festival has evolved and expanded each year to provide a dynamic, creative, and fun-filled experience for both residents and visiting families.
This year, the main stage at Whistler Olympic Plaza features performances by renowned children’s performers The Kerplunks, as well as returning local favourite Ira Pettle & Friends. Ira’s interactive and engaging show always gets the whole family up and dancing. “The Whistler Children’s Festival brings local and visiting kids and families together and celebrates all things kids!” says Ira, who will be performing live on the Main Stage at Whistler Olympic plaza and leading several workshops over the festival weekend. “There is so much to see and do, no matter what age you are.”
The RBC Emerging Artists Stage, hosted by local musician Eric Van Meerbergen, will showcase young talents from the Sea to Sky Corridor. This opportunity to highlight emerging and aspiring artists was made possible by the RBC Emerging Artists Project which provides support to artists looking to bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide opportunities to advance their career trajectory. From tweens to young adults, it’s a great chance to check out the Sea to Sky’s rising stars.
The weekend event features tons of free activities for festival-goers such as face painting, balloon creations, and fan-favourite Patio Stones workshop, which has been part of the Whistler Children’s Festival since its inception in 1983. Also back by popular demand is Toddler Town, a covered, free-play area for kids 0-2 years.
In addition to live performances, roving entertainers, and dozens of free activities, the Whistler Children’s Festival also offers ticketed workshops led by local professionals, including Soapstone Carving, Backyard Birdhouses, Dreamcatchers, Build-a-Bot robotics workshop, and more.
The festival ticket includes access to all free entertainment and free on-site activities. Festival tickets and registration for add-on workshops are available online at www.whistlerchildrensfestival.com.
Friday, July 8 (5pm-8pm)
Free, all ages Kick-off Dance party at Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10 (10am-4pm)
Creative workshops, live performances, and roving entertainment at Whistler Olympic Plaza.
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ABOUT ARTS WHISTLER
Arts Whistler is passionate about Whistler, about arts, and about making arts and culture an integral part of day-to-day life. Operating out of the Maury Young Arts Centre in the heart of Whistler Village, Arts Whistler runs a variety of creative classes, showcases an exciting lineup of live shows for the Performance Series, and hosts year-round free-admission exhibits in The Gallery supporting local artists and their craft. Annual events include the Whistler Children’s Festival, Whistler Street Entertainment, Bizarre Bazaar, ArtWalk, and Art on the Lake. Arts Whistler creates bold, inspiring, and engaging experiences and supports an arts and culture sector in Whistler that’s welcoming, accessible, and collaborative.
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