The Festival gives all children in the Kamloops area, ages 2 and up, the chance to try out different art forms. Unlike the majority of kids’ festivals in the province, thanks to sponsors and supporters, the Kamloops event is completely free.
Friday, Sept. 13 from 3:30 to 5:30pm, is our first “Kids FunShop After School Party”. This Friday afterschool portion is geared to slightly older children (ages 6 – 12) and we’ll have workshops like as Make you own Sock Puppet with Ventriloquist Kellie Haines, Magic with Clinton W. Gray, Beginning Cartooning with Judylynn Davison, Stop Motion Animation with Jackie Chomyc (TNRLIbrary), Improv with Shannon Cooper, and more! All “Funshops” will be FREE, but some activities will require registration through Eventbrite.
On Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10am to 4pm, families can enjoy a full day of FREE arts activities and performances at Riverside Park. This year brings back a larger-than-life character from the Green Man Project for a return engagement. “I first saw the Green Man on Dragon’s Den,” says organizer Lorel Sternig, “where this green guy on stilts charmed everyone with his magical presence and quirky brogue. To my amazement, he even had Arlene skipping along behind him in her high heels. He didn’t make it on the Dragon’s Den, but I invited him to the Children’s Festival that year and he wowed everyone.” The Green Man is a spectacle that grabs the imagination of all people that experience him… creating more selfies and photo opportunities that one could count! This year, accompanying the Green Man is Celtic Fiddler Serena Edes based in Vancouver. Best known as a member of Delhi 2 Dublin, she is also active as a session musician, performer, composer and educator. Also back is Ventriloquist and performer from Vancouver, Kellie Haines plus a full stage line up with local talented performers. Kenthen Thomas will hold the crowd in rapt attention with his immersive Storytelling
No costume? Never fear! Workshop booths await where children can create their own wizardry gear. Led by local artists and organizations, these include activities such as wizard hats, wands, fairy wings, or kids can make their own “magic” bag from recycled materials, plus facepainting, henna, dance and more.
Western Canada Theatre’s VW Turtle River Race will be taking place concurrently at the park on Saturday and there will also be food trucks onsite, ensuring you can spend the entire day at Riverside Park with plenty of entertainment, activities and
More information about the Kamloops Children’s Arts Festival may be found at www.kamloopsarts.ca.
Thanks to the sponsors, all Children’s Arts Festival activities are offered at no charge. With support from the City of Kamloops, transit to Saturday’s activities at the park is also free; stop by the KAC office at 7 Seymour Street West for a free bus pass, or call 250.372.7323.