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Vancouver International Children’s Festival

The Vancouver International Children’s  Festival, located on Vancouver’s famous Granville Island “inspires and motivates young minds with professional artistic experiences that transforms a child’s understanding of the world around them and what is creatively possible.” It’s a place where you are encouraged to explore and express your creativity and imagination. This year the Vancouver International Children’s Festival runs from May 30 to June 5.

I have many great memories of attending the Vancouver International Children’s Festival when I was growing up. My first experience was during elementary school, and I remember how much fun we’d have taking the bus down to the festival, and once we got to the festival grounds, it felt like a whole new world, where we were allowed to run around and explore all of the amazing shows, performances and activities.  I also loved that my mom would join my class on the field trip.

In high-school, we looked forward to the Vancouver International Children’s Festival because it was a sign that school was almost out for the summer, and we could volunteer at the event and still get to experience being a kid!

When I was a nanny, it was one of my favourite activities to take the kids too, and this year Gabriel and I are going to take our little moon to the Vancouver International Children’s Festival– on Granville Island for the first time; to start our own family tradition.

Vancouver International Children's Festival

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival aims to be a highly anticipated festival that is recognized internationally for creating a unique and diverse celebration of the arts for children and grown ups to enjoy together.

Every year, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival hosts an array of  extraordinary quality of diverse programming and performers. This year, featured performers include:

  • Asoma
  • Splash’n Boots
  • Pekka
  • Snowflake
  • Michael Kusugak- Inuit Tales
  • Extra-Celeste
  • Project Soul
  • Circus Incongnitus
  • H’Soa
  • The Box Brothers
  • Annual Variety Show

As a family, we will be checking out Asoma, a show from Mexico!

Asoma is a  joyous, playful and stimulating experience for the youngest of audiences, Asoma is a rare opportunity for your baby to experience live theatre created just for them! Using the language of music and movement, this intimate performance is designed to capture the imagination and curiosity of babies. The actors and unravelling yarn become the ever-changing and captivating shapes, sounds, movements and possibilities of the performance.  As the suspense builds, fascinated babies want to know what will happen next. Share a special moment with your little one in a colourful world filled with play, exploration, and discovery.

We may also check out Pekka- the tiny turtle with BIG courage who embarks on an adventure to find Miss Moon and bring her back home. (Shows in English, Spanish or French). Ages 2 to 7.

The Activities Village is also something you can’t miss! From toddlers to tweens, kids of all ages can get creative or just have some fun in the activity village. From learning how to juggle, to making origami, to trying to paddle a canoe with the False Creek Racing Canoe Club.

There really is a little bit of everything at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival (May 30- June 5), the whole class or family will definitely have an unforgettable day with so much to see and do! Watch the video below, to see what the Vancouver International Children’s Festival is all about!

Our friends from Vancouver International Children’s Festival have been kind enough to giveaway four tickets to the Pekka performance (in Spanish) on Saturday, June 4, 3pm. You can also purchase tickets online at or in person.
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