By Hilary Angrove
In a world crowded with special effects and lots of screen time, the performing arts are as important as ever before. From May 24 –27, immerse your kids into the world of performing arts with the Calgary International Children’s Festival. Kids will use their imaginations to engage with live performances; not to mention, attending the theatre is a great way to breakaway from screen-time as an engaging activity for the whole family.
While all genres of performing arts are captivating and fun, Kidsfest understands that even with tiny tots, it’s important that shows interest both kids and their parents. The range of performances at Kidsfest is just as noteworthy for the themes and style of the production as for where the artists come from and what age groups will enjoy them best – there’s something for everyone!
Tiny tots can enjoy an interactive performance from local dance and theatre group Bach Tots in Go Go Peekaboo or kick-up their heels and dance with JUNO Award winning musicians The Swinging Belles. For those still inclined towards special effects, the darkness of the black theatre in Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey will immerse the whole family in a spectacular, larger than life glow-in-the-dark world. For families looking for shows with good social messages, playful puppets tell a hilarious yet touching story of renewal in The Man Who Planted Trees and A Heart in Winter will engage and delight children with an enchanting adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Snow Queen. Or, combine the excitement of hip-hop with the magical world of childhood for one cool kids’ concert by 2017 GRAMMY Award winning artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. And that’s just the beginning!
After enjoying one of the critically acclaimed performances, bring the kids outside to spend some quality time on Olympic Plaza with a wide range of free activities and entertainment. There will be storytelling, dance workshops, roving artists, magicians, face painting, crafts, games, a Canada150 Wishing Wall and more!
When you’re still small enough that your feet don’t touch the ground while sitting in the theatre, a day at Kidsfest can be the making of a lifelong love affair with the performing arts. For now, start off by awakening imaginations and introduce children to the enchanting world of live performances with fun, affordable family entertainment at Kidsfest 2017.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.calgarykidsfest.ca Don’t wait until its too late – May is just around the corner!