Kids In Vancouver: Celebrate 40 Years Of The Vancouver International Children’s Festival!

Growing up, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival was a childhood highlight. I can still remember dancing to the music of Canada’s top children’s entertainers, such as Fred Penner and Charlotte Diamond. I can remember having my face painted in a rainbow of colours, and I can remember watching the on-stage performances in awe. I remember running around from station to station, trying out the hands-on arts and crafts, and laughing at the street performances that passed me by. Now that I’m a parent, I look forward to returning to my childhood-favourite event with my own kids, oozing with nostalgia as I watch my children enjoy the same experiences as I did when I was their age.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the city’s kid-focused affair, and it promises to bring even more music, magic, and amusement than ever before! Here are just some of the features you can expect from this year’s Kids Fest, coming to Granville Island from May 29th – June 4th.

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Kids In Vancouver: Celebrate 40 Years Of The Vancouver International Children’s Festival!

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Reasons To Check Out The Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Vancouver International Children's Festival | Photo: VICF

Vancouver International Children’s Festival | Photo: VICF

Since 1978, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival (VICF) has been a staple event in Vancouver, leaving a lasting impression on the kids who attend the annual outdoor affair.

For me, 1986 was the most memorable year. While it was also the year of Expo ’86, my fondest memories are of the VICF – having my face painted, dancing along to the musical performances of my childhood idols (Raffi, Sharon, Lois & Bram, and Charlotte Diamond), and laughing at my favourite clown, Gumboot Lollipop, as she toddled and twirled on stage.

While the artists and venues may have changed over the years, the magic that surrounds the festival continues to shine year after year. Here are just 5 of the reasons why you should check out the Vancouver International Children’s Festival with your kids this month.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Reasons To Check Out The Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
From food and drink festivals to theatre, music, and culture, this weekend has something for everything. Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2012 Starts May 29

"The Itch of the Golden Nit" at the Vancouver International Children's Festival 2012.

A massive crowd-pleaser since its inception in 1978 and one of the largest children’s festivals in all of Canada, the annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival returns to Granville Island with six-days of theatre, live entertainment, puppetry, music, and more from May 29 – June 3.

The theme for 2012 is “Celebrate Our Stories,” and along with traditional theatrical techniques (on-stage shows), the Festival engages audiences of all ages with innovative performances on Aquabuses (!), in and around Granville Island’s duck ponds (the inspired “Quack Attack”), through hands-on activities, and with cooking classes at Edible Canada.

Highlights of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2012 include:

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Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2012 Starts May 29

Vancouver International Children’s Festival is Coming: May 30-June 5

Photo Credit: Vancouver International Children's Festival

One of the largest children’s festivals in Canada is set to return to Vancouver starting May 30.  Since 1978, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival has entertained more than 1.7 million guests with educational and thought-provoking performances for kids.  This year the festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, in a brand new home on Granville Island.

As in the past, the festival will be organized around a line-up of world-class performances for kids (Tickets for most shows are $22).  The shows span genres ranging from contemporary dance to comedy and, in many cases, defy genres altogether.  The one common thread is that all programming is intellectually stimulating and high-caliber, making for a festival that parents may enjoy just as much as kids.

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Vancouver International Children’s Festival is Coming: May 30-June 5