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Vancouver Children’s Festival on Granville Island

Vancouver Children's Festival

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is a festival for young children. It takes place on Granville Island in late May or early June each year.

The dates for 2024 are May 27th to June 2nd.

 

Vancouver International Childrens Festival

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival features theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry and storytelling performances. It’s not a giant festival, but it’s a really good one and fun for young children.

 

Festival Schedule

A variety of in-person events happened during the festival last year. For an idea of what to expect at the festival in 2024, below is the schedule of in-person events from 2023’s run.

 

Tuesday, May 30th, 2023

  • Tree – a gentle live theatre show for babies at the Carousel Studio from 10:00 am to 10:30 am and from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm.
  • A Simple Space – an acrobatic performance for ages 7+ at the Granville Island Stage from 10:30 am to 11:25 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:25 pm.
  • Magnetic North – an interactive and energetic performance using environmental samples at the Revue Stage from 10:30 am to 11:15 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • Zooom – an interactive show using light at the Waterfront Theatre from 10:30 am to 11:15 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • Division Infinity Saves the World! – a puppet show about secret student agents at The Nest from 10:30 am to 11:15 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • The Wild Moccasin Dancers – pow wow drumming and dancing fused with hip-hop at Performance Works on Granville Island from 10:30 am to 11:15 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.

 

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Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

  • Tree – a gentle live theatre show for babies at the Carousel Studio from 10:00 am to 10:30 am and from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm.
  • A Simple Space – an acrobatic performance for ages 7+ at the Granville Island Stage from 10:30 am to 11:25 am.
  • Magnetic North – an interactive and energetic performance using environmental samples at the Revue Stage from 10:30 am to 11:15 am.
  • Zooom – an interactive show using light at the Waterfront Theatre from 10:30 am to 11:15 am.
  • Division Infinity Saves the World! – a puppet show about secret student agents at The Nest from 10:30 am to 11:15 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • Bienvenue Chez Missy D! – empowering hip-hop and soul music at the Granville Island Stage from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • The Wild Moccasin Dancers – pow wow drumming and dancing fused with hip-hop at Performance Works on Granville Island from 10:30 am to 11:15 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • Small But Mighty: Ginalina & Friends – a multilingual concert with Ginalina and members of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble at the Revue Stage from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm and from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm.
  • David Bouchard: Métis – inspiring stories, flute music and more at the Waterfront Theatre from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • One of a Kind – live theatre, music and movement based on true stories at The Nest from 6:30 pm to 7:20 pm.

 

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Thursday, June 1st, 2023

  • Tree – a gentle live theatre show for babies at the Carousel Studio from 10:00 am to 10:30 am and from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm.
  • Small But Mighty: Ginalina & Friends – a multilingual concert with Ginalina and members of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble at the Revue Stage from 10:30 am to 11:15 am.
  • David Bouchard: Métis – inspiring stories, flute music and more at the Waterfront Theatre from 10:30 am to 11:15 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • Bienvenue Chez Missy D! – empowering hip-hop and soul music at the Granville Island Stage from 10:30 am to 11:15 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • One of a Kind – live theatre, music and movement based on true stories at The Nest from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:20 pm.
  • Sakasaka – three simple but hilarious clowns put on a show at Performance Works on Granville Island from 10:30 am to 11:20 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:20 pm.
  • Will and Seeka: Friends with Everyone – an interactive and joyful concert at the Revue Stage from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.

 

Families at Children's Festival

 

Friday, June 2nd, 2023

  • Tree – a gentle live theatre show for babies at the Carousel Studio from 10:00 am to 10:30 am.
  • A Simple Space – an acrobatic performance for ages 7+ at the Granville Island Stage from 10:30 am to 11:25 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:25 pm.
  • David Bouchard: Métis – inspiring stories, flute music and more at the Waterfront Theatre from 10:30 am to 11:15 am.
  • Magnetic North – an interactive and energetic performance using environmental samples at the Revue Stage from 10:30 am to 11:15 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • One of a Kind – live theatre, music and movement based on true stories at The Nest from 10:30 am to 11:20 am.
  • Sakasaka – three simple but hilarious clowns put on a show at Performance Works on Granville Island from 10:30 am to 11:20 am and from 12:30 pm to 1:20 pm.
  • Zooom – an interactive show using light at the Waterfront Theatre from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • Division Infinity Saves the World! – a puppet show about secret student agents at The Nest from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • Tree, a World in Itself – a multi-sensory show for autistic children ages 4+ at the Carousel Studio from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
  • Glamily: A Family Dress-Up Party – a drag show and dress-up party for families at Performance Works on Granville Island from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

 

Saturday, June 3rd, 2023

  • Tree – a gentle live theatre show for babies at the Carousel Studio from 10:00 am to 10:30 am.
  • Small But Mighty: Ginalina & Friends – a multilingual concert with Ginalina and members of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble at the Revue Stage from 10:30 am to 11:15 am.
  • A Simple Space – an acrobatic performance for ages 7+ at the Granville Island Stage from 11:00 am to 11:55 am and from 1:00 pm to 1:55 pm.
  • Sakasaka – three simple but hilarious clowns put on a show at Performance Works on Granville Island from 11:00 am to 11:50 am and from 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm.
  • Zooom – an interactive show using light at the Waterfront Theatre from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm and from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm.
  • Will and Seeka: Friends with Everyone – an interactive and joyful concert at the Revue Stage from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.
  • Division Infinity Saves the World! – a puppet show about secret student agents at The Nest from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm.
  • Tree, a World in Itself – a multi-sensory show for autistic children ages 4+ at the Carousel Studio from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
  • Aché Brasil – a lively show full of Brazilian culture with dance, music, acrobatics and more at the Revue Stage from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
  • One of a Kind – live theatre, music and movement based on true stories at The Nest from 4:00 pm to 4:50 pm.
  • Variety Show – a combination of various 2023 performers at the Granville Island Stage from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

 

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Sunday, June 4th, 2023

  • Tree – a gentle live theatre show for babies at the Carousel Studio from 10:00 am to 10:30 am.
  • Small But Mighty: Ginalina and Friends – a multilingual concert with Ginalina and members of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble at the Revue Stage from 10:30 am to 11:15 am.
  • Sakasaka – three simple but hilarious clowns put on a show at Performance Works on Granville Island from 11:00 am to 11:50 am and from 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm.
  • A Simple Space – an acrobatic performance for ages 7+ at the Granville Island Stage from 12:00 pm to 12:55 pm and from 2:30 pm to 3:25 pm.
  • Zooom – an interactive show using light at the Waterfront Theatre from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm and from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm.
  • One of a Kind – live theatre, music and movement based on true stories at The Nest from 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm.
  • Tree, a World in Itself – a multi-sensory show for autistic children ages 4+ at the Carousel Studio from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
  • Aché Brasil – a lively show full of Brazilian culture with dance, music, acrobatics and more at the Revue Stage from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
  • Division Infinity Saves the World! – a puppet show about secret student agents at The Nest from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm.

For the full schedule of events, including things that could be done online, visit the Vancouver International Children’s Festival website.

 

What to Expect

Thousands of children and their families participate in a wide variety of fun activities.

There are indoor theatre shows, various forms of outdoor entertainment, and activity tents with everything from paper folding to scavenger hunts. There are also venues where you can try out circus tricks or get your face painted. The main shows cost extra, but the activities are free with the price of admission.

When running, the festival draws large crowds, especially when the weather is good. As many as 30,000 people attend the event during its week-long run, including school groups on weekdays.

 

Admission to the Children’s Festival

Ticket prices for in-person events in 2023 were as follows. We expect prices to be similar for the festival’s return in 2024.

  • One Show Day Pass: $12.50 for children and $22 for adults (includes activity wristband).
  • Four-Pack Family Pass: $62 (includes one show and activity wristbands for four family members).
  • Activity Wristband Only: $6 per person (purchased on-site for cash only).
  • Tree Baby Show: $5 for children and $22 for adults.
  • Variety Show (1.5 hours): $23 for children and $25 for adults.

Note: Festival prices above were subject to change.

 

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Tips & Advice

Below are some tips and advice to help you make the most of your experience at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival.

TIP #1: Don’t wait until the last minute to buy tickets for the best shows as they’ll likely fill up. Some shows sell out over a month in advance!

TIP #2: If the weather is good consider combining the festival with a family cycling excursion along the False Creek Seawall. Parking can be a challenge during the event. Consider parking elsewhere. That way you can enjoy a scenic bike ride. Other options include using public transit, and/or catching one of the False Creek Ferries or Aquabus to Granville Island. Demand for ferry rides that day, however, might be pretty crazy.

TIP #3: While at Granville Island be sure to also check out the Public Market and explore the island with its gardens, toy stores and play areas. On the day we went a couple of years ago there were dozens of adult Canada geese and their goslings wandering around and checking out the sights. This made for some extra fun photos of our own – so don’t forget your camera!

 

Goose Family at Granville Children's Festival

 

Other Information

For more information, see the Vancouver International Children’s Festival website. And for information about a similar event in Surrey, check out the Surrey International Children’s Festival.

Check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Children for other ideas on what to do with your kids.

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To learn about a similar event a couple of hours north of Vancouver, click Whistler Children’s Festival.