Vancouver International Children’s Festival Returns to Granville Island May 27-June 2

Photo credit: Flickr user Kids Fest

Photo credit: Flickr user Kids Fest

Vancouver International Children’s Festival is the kind of event that makes you want to be a kid again, or latch onto a friend with kids so you can get involved in the magic. The 36th edition of the world-renowned performing arts extravaganza takes place May 27-June 2 2013 on Granville Island.

What’s so special about Vancouver International Children’s Festival? The best performing artists for children come from countries far and wide, including Norway, Africa, Germany and our very own Canada, to put on 12 shows at indoor and outdoor venues throughout Granville Island. In addition to the performances, there are 15+ hands-on activities for families. Options range from shadow puppetry, bicycle spin art and circus skills to a massive outdoor weaving project, a twist-and-toddle play area and more. The overwhelming interactivity can make Disney World seem inadequate.

Every year, Vancouver International Children’s Festival draws some 30,000 parents and children to Vancouver Island. Find out about the 2013 festival highlights and how to get tickets after the jump.

Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2013 Highlights

The North American premier of a show from Norway for babies and tots (7-24 months). This captivating interactive performance celebrates playing and being together through live dance and accompanied by bass and percussion music. Young children will see a curious and playful group of sparrows much like themselves as they find their way out of the egg, and then the nest to face some of the first challenges of life.

Cirque Zuma Zuma
(Africa) Thrust into stardom by their appearance on America’s Got Talent, you won’t want to miss Cirque Zuma Zuma’s first Canadian performance. This talented African circus troupe boasts jugglers, contortionists, acrobats, music and dance. They wow audiences with magic, fun and excitement set to the rhythmic beat of Afro jazz.

Queen of Colours
(Germany) This show is a thrilling mix of shadow puppetry, live music, painting and video projection into one theatrical performance. The plot? A bossy, bored little queen lives in a monochromatic universe until the court painter, using audience requests, injects a painterly palate into her drab world revealing the emotional resonance of color. There are four special evening performances including two Pyjama Nights.

Cirque Zuma Zuma

Cirque Zuma Zuma


Tickets for featured performances are $25 per adult, $15 per child including tax and service charges, with exceptions for Sparrow ($25 adult, $5 child) and the Variety Show ($25 adult, $22 child). Show tickets include access to all hands on arts activities.

For access to hands on arts activities only: purchase an Activity Wristband for $8 per person (sold onsite only).

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at, by phone at 1.877.840.0457, in advance at Tickets Tonight, Plaza Level, 200 Burrard Street, Vancouver or during the Festival at the onsite box office located between Festival House and the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.

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