The International Children’s Festival of the Arts is excited to be back live and in-person at various venues in Downtown St. Albert from June 2 to 5. The festival brings the opportunity for children to experience arts and culture in a barrier-free, safe, inclusive, and creative space. Kids will get to explore their imaginations and deepen their understanding of themselves and the perspectives of others in the world around them.
There will be six acts from across Canada and the United States. These include Quebec circus troupe, FLIP Fabrique, aerial acrobatics by the Silver Starlets, dancing with Mikey Harris and the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, and musical performances by Koo Koo Kanga Roo. There will also be comedy shows with the Kif-Kif Sisters and a theatre performance of Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School. These performances are suitable for all ages. They will also take place at various venues, so don’t forget to check the website for locations. Don’t miss the Pajama Party on June 3, where you and your kids will get to dance along with featured performers. Jammies are encouraged but not required, and the event is “pay what you will.”
Children and families can enjoy a variety of creative and engaging workshops like printmaking, mask making, drumming, fairy finding tours, and Ukrainian dancing. While many of the workshops are suitable for all ages, some are recommended for specific age groups. “Fire. Stones. Stories.,” for example, is geared towards children in the kindergarten to grade 3 range. The workshops take place at various venues. You can confirm these locations online.
While the International Children’s Festival of the Arts is excited to be back in person, it still offers various virtual events during the week for schools and groups. These programs allow teachers to engage their students from the comfort of their classroom. Some exciting events include a virtual escape room with author Marty Chan, an interactive workshop with Alex A, and interactive readings and sing-alongs with Eric Litwin.
For the Adults
Join Koo Koo Kanga Roo after hours for a musical performance as you dine and drink at Thirsty Rooster Trail Eatery and Bar. The performance takes place on June 4 at 7 pm and is suitable for ages 18 and up. The cost of the show is $15 plus GST.
The International Children’s Festival of the Arts is a blend of paid and free performances and programs. Tickets are available for purchase online and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Don’t miss this exciting chance to engage your young ones—there is something for everyone to explore!