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Monday, July 4, 2016

Whistler Children's Fest 2016

Who's on the hunt for ideas to keep the kids busy now that Summer vacation is in full swing?
If you're wanting to do a day trip or a mini getaway, Whistler is a great destination and from July 8th- 10th the Whistler Children's Festival organized by Arts Whistler is returning for it's 33rd year. Take the family and enjoy everything this great event has to offer including creative workshops for kids 3+, a variety of great performances, and free activities such as face painting and crafts. If you've been before I'd love to hear what the highlights were for your family! See below for complete event details. 

Event Info

When: July 8- 10th, 2016
Friday Kick- Off Dance Party from 5- 8pm
Saturday & Sunday from 10am- 4pm
Where: Whistler Olympic Plaza, right in the heart of Whistler Village
What: free activities, creative workshops, and performances 
Admission: $15 for children 3- 15 years; kids 2 and under and adults 16+ are free
Website: Visit http://www.whistlerchildrensfestival.com/ for more details and to purchase tickets

What to Do!

Creative Workshops
Register your kids ages 3+ in one (or more!) of the fun workshops at the WCF including
- Backwoods Birdhouses
- CircusWest: Balance & Aerial Hoop
- Dynamic Drumming
- Energizing Dance
- Up- up and Awake Yoga
...and more!
Click here to view all of the workshops at the WCF and to register.

Free Activities
Admission to the WCF also gets you access to these fun & free activities!
- Patio Stones
- Face painting
- Balloon Creations with Jazz the Balloon Man
- Hula Hoop Zone
- Trash- a- saurus
- Yarn Bomb Tents
... and more!
Click here to view the full list of free activities.

A variety of live performances will take place over the 3- day festival, including
- The School of Moves
- The Purple Pirate
- The Kerplunks
- The African Village Experience
- CircusWest
... and more!
Click here to view the full list of performances and show times

About the Whistler Children's Festival
Celebrating its 33rd 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, dozens of paid workshops led by local professionals, and tons of free activities. The Festival will also feature the RBC Emerging Artists Stage, showcasing young talents from the Sea to Sky Corridor. Arts Whistler 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.

What are you hoping to do and see at the Whistler Arts Festival? Visit the WCF Facebook event page to invite friends and family and share what you get up to at WCF 2016 on social media with #ArtsWhistler #WCF2016 

Follow Arts Whistler for event info and other activities/ events:
Facebook: Arts Whistler
Instagram: @ArtsWhistler
Twitter: @ArtsWhistler 

About Arts Whistler
Arts Whistler has been the premier arts advocacy organization in Whistler since 1982, supporting local artists and organizations to develop arts programs, and promoting Whistler as a unique destination for cultural tourism. A respected community stakeholder and non-profit organization, Arts Whistler leverages strategic government and business partnerships to increase community engagement and opportunities through year-round festivals, events, and arts programs. Annual signature events include ArtWalk, Whistler Children’s Festival, Bizarre Bazaar, Art on the Lake, Whistler Street Entertainment, and the Performance Series.
Arts Whistler operates out of the Maury Young Arts Centre which is open daily with free admission. The Maury Young Arts Centre features The Gallery, which hosts rotating exhibitions by local artists and The Gift Shop, showcasing handmade creations by local artisans. It also features a 238-seat theatre, a soundproof boardroom and other meeting spaces, and the Youth Centre. The Maury Young Arts Centre truly is Whistler’s hub for arts and culture, right in the heart of Whistler Village.

Photo Credits (in order of appearance):
Mike Crane
Sean St Denis
Mike Crane
Sean St Denis