Summer vacation is almost here, and if you are anything like me, you are probably on the lookout for fun, but inexpensive and interesting things to do with your kids.
We have been going to Whistler as a family since Q was a few months old, and as a couple since we got married. It was actually where we had our honeymoon 13 years ago! About three years ago, completely by accident, we stumbled onto the Children’s Festival while wandering around. We saw Will Stroet play, did an RCMP safety presentation and made some crafts. We went back again the next year too and had a ton of fun. It is always great fun for everyone, and is very reasonably priced.
Celebrating its 32nd anniversary this year, the Whistler Children’s Festival is Whistler’s longest-running community festival and the only child-focused summer festival in the region. The Festival has grown with Whistler’s community to provide a dynamic, unique cultural experience for both residents and visiting families. The ultimate goal of the Festival is to foster youth engagement through experiential learning, and this goal is accomplished each year through an offering of live performances, free activities, and a diverse offering of hands-on creative workshops.
This year, the main stage at Whistler Olympic Plaza will feature performance groups, on-site roving performers, more than ninety paid workshops led by local professionals, and more than fifteen free activities. The Festival will also feature an Emerging Artist Stage, showcasing over 20 young talents from the Sea to Sky Corridor. WAC has a long-standing mission to support emerging artists through a variety of annual programs, events, and festivals, and the Whistler Children’s Festival has been an incubator of emerging performers and artists who have gone on to continue their creative work in many other areas.
Here is the festival information:
Festival Dates: July 10th – 12th
o Times: Friday 5pm – 8pm Dance Party, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm
o Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza, in the heart of Whistler Village
There are paid workshops for ages 3 and up. These include beading, mosaic making, creating bear paw t-shirts with a real bear paw, theater games and improv, and sandstone carving. You can register for the workshops on the festival website.
There are a ton of really cool sounding free workshops on offer this year, ranging from face painting and bubble mania to a dance party, stretching and yoga session, hoola hooping and circus activities. There are also arts and crafts workshops, fire safety sessions and stuff for the very little festival guests too!
Some of the performers include Bobs & Lolo, Stone Soup Marimba and Jacky Ensommbe the African Village.
Now for the fun part. You could win an incredible weekend in Whistler for the Children’s Festival.
Check out this amazing prize package! It includes accommodation in Whistler during the festival weekend, complementary VIP entrance and creative workshops at the festival, a meal for two adults and two children at Dusty’s or Merlin’s courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb, a whitewater rafting tour for two from The Adventure Group, a ziplining adventure for two with Ziptrek, four complementary admissions to the Whistler Museum and four complementary admissions to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and a gift from ivivva by Lululemon, and an organic coffee gift package from the Whistler Roasting Company.
Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below to enter.