Unplug your Imagination at the Whistler Children’s Festival July 6–8, 2018

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WHISTLER, BC – Fuelled by imagination, creativity, and giggles, the Whistler Children’s Festival is Whistler’s longest-running event, now in its 35th year. With the theme of “Imagination: Unplugged”, Arts Whistler invites families to give technology a break so they can explore their crafty and creative side.

New for 2018 is the Make-It Tent where little ones and their parents can get crafty with 9 different craft kits to choose from; an interactive surprise science show with Science World; Jacky Essombe’s performance bringing the rhythm of Central Africa to the mountains; and get creatively constructive with super-cool KEVA planks. When it’s time to shake things up there’s still the dance parties, live music, and bubble fun that you (oops…we mean your kids) love. Mark July 6–8, 2018 on the calendar and start planning your weekend at the festival.

The action kicks-off with Sea-to-Sky favourite Ira Pettle leading the PJ Dance Party on Friday, from 5-7pm on the Village Stroll by Whistler Olympic Plaza. It’s free to join — just be sure you bring your groove. The main festival runs 10am–4pm on Saturday and Sunday, with single day-entry at $10 for 3–10 year-olds and free for 11+ and children 0–2. Basically, your child gets to bring you!

In the general festival area you’ll find two days worth of engaging performances including the fiddle skills of the Jocelyn Pettit Band, storytelling with Ta Daa Lady and her Nylon Zoo, the magical Circus Fungus crew, and more. Community partners also join in the fun with the Whistler Museum’s historical costume trunk, the Britannia Mining Museum Rock Petting Zoo, and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre bracelets and animal headdress-making station. Then there’s the new Make-It-Tent, with 12 hands-on crafting options for parents and caregivers to do with their children. Aimed at ages 3-10 there’s everything from noise-making Rain Sticks and Shaggy Shakers, to decorating your own backpack or trucker hat. The festival provides all the materials you need—you and your kids just need to rev up your imaginations.

 “We wanted to invite kids and their parents to get more hands-on creative this year so we have the Make-It-Tent,” explains Imogen Osborne, Arts Whistler Program and Events Coordinator. “By having unlimited workshop times and giving families all the supplies and space they need to get creative, we’ve made it more flexible to come and get crafty. Each activity comes with photo-based instructions and volunteers to help guide you. Parents can enjoy creating items together with their child as you select paint, feathers, glitter, and more at our various decoration stations.”

The Make-It Tent activities are replacing the workshops of previous years, with a more affordable model. To get your craft-on, purchase “Fun Tickets” which can be exchanged for different activities in the Make-It Tent. Each activity has its own Fun Ticket rating. Ffor example a superhero mask is one ticket ($5) and a backpack-making kit is three tickets ($15). You’ll find full ticketing details on the festival website. Tickets can be bought online ahead of time and picked up at the festival, and they’re also available on each festival day!

The Whistler Children’s Festival is the family event of the summer — get it in your calendar! For the full event schedule and to purchase tickets visit

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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 Arts Whistler Live!, 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, Arts Whistler’s Holiday Market, We Heart Local Art, 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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Kim Maitland
Marketing and Communications Manager
Arts Whistler

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