Vancouver International Children's Festival offers fun for all ages

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 22, 2014 

Vancouver International Children's Festival

The Vancouver International Children's Festival will host dozens of fun, family friendly performing arts activities from May 27 through June 1 on Granville Island in Vancouver, B.C.

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The Vancouver International Children's Festival will host dozens of fun, family friendly performing arts activities from May 27 through June 1 on Granville Island in Vancouver, B.C.

The fest will feature theater, music, dance, comedy, acrobatics, puppetry and more.

Each day will feature shows that range in age appropriateness: some are geared for toddlers and young children, while other shows are appropriate for ages 4 and up or for all ages.

For pajama nights, kids and adults are invited to show up in their jammies for snacks and a 6:30 p.m. show. Pajama nights are scheduled for "The Frog King," on Tuesday, May 27; "Where I live," on Wednesday, May 28; and Fred Penner on Friday, May 30.

Show tickets include access to the activities village, which will include face painting, an interactive dinosaur sculpture, circus skills, a musical maze, a musical playground, bicycle spin-art, origami and more.

Those who are just interested in checking out the activities village can purchase an activity wristband for $8 per day. The activities village will be closed after 2:30 p.m. on pajama nights on Tuesday and Wednesday, and at 6 p.m. on Friday, so visitors who are just coming for those late shows will be allowed to enter the activities village on another day.

Here are descriptions of just a few of this year's featured performances:

A Circus in Wonderland

This all-ages show is a theatrical circus interpretation of Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass." All of the classic characters will interact in the air and on the ground in an acrobatic take on this children's favorite.

Erth Dinosaur Zoo

Kids can get up close and personal with large-scale dinosaur puppets that are meant to be seen and touched. This prehistoric experience is geared for those 4 years old and up will introduce children to insects, mammals and dinosaurs that lived in the Southern Hemisphere.

In Abundance

Dancers from the Gitxsan First Nation will dress in elaborate carved masks and regalia while they perform dances that celebrate the importance of salmon in a show geared for those 4 years old and up.

Fred Penner

Celebrated Canadian children's singer Fred Penner will perform his songs that connect with the experiences of young musical fans from 2 to 7 years old.

Le Groupe Swing

This all-ages show will feature urban folk music, including fiddling, rhythm and blues, rock and traditional French music from Le Groupe Swing in a dance party they call Tradarnac.

Featured performance prices, including fees and service charges, are $25 for adults and $15 for children from 1 to 17 years old; variety shows are $25 for adults and $22 for children, and pajama nights are $22 for adults and $12 for children.

Children under 12 months old are free and welcome at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo, Fred Penner, and in the activity zone, but may not attend other shows. Families should also be alert that children under the posted age appropriateness for each show will not be permitted in the venue for that performance, as they may become frightened or disrupt the experience for other visitors.

For a full list of performances, show times, activity village times, and to purchase tickets, visit childrensfestival.ca.

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