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Surrey International Children’s Festival and Surrey SPARK Stages

Spark Stages at Surrey Arts Centre

The Surrey International Children’s Festival used to take place at the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park in May. Now, Surrey SPARK Stages happens instead.

2019 was the last year of the Surrey International Children’s Festival. The first year of Surrey SPARK Stages was 2022. In 2023 the new event took place on May 26th to 28th. In 2024 it happens on the weekend of May 25th and 26th.

(NOTE: Another fabulous event that happens in Surrey in May this year is the Royal Canadian International Circus. It’s in the Lower Mainland from May 2nd until the 20th. Shows happen in Surrey at Guildford Town Centre from May 2nd to 12th. The circus is also in Richmond, at Lansdowne Centre, from May 16th until the 20th. TIP: With the circus, if you use the promo code VANSBESTPLACES you can get 2-for-1 pricing on general admission!)


Royal Canadian Circus


Surrey SPARK Stages Family Weekend

In the past the Surrey International Children’s Festival has been about “inspiring young hearts and minds through the arts.” The theme in 2019 was “Seriously.” At the event there were arts and crafts activities, a storytelling tent, live entertainment and various workshops. Surrey SPARK Stages is similar, but smaller.

SPARK Stages events taking place this year include music and dance performances. There are also several theatre productions, including one glow-in-the-dark show and a comedy about a librarian. Continue reading below to learn more about this year’s Surrey SPARK Stages events.


Dates and Location

Surrey SPARK Stages takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of May 25th and 26th in 2024.

As usual, this year’s activities are held at the Surrey Arts Centre, located at 13750-88th Avenue. The venue is on the right side of the entrance to Bear Creek Park.


SPARK Stages Admission

Unlike the old Surrey International Children’s Festival, all Surrey SPARK Stages events are ticketed.

Tickets to each show cost about $16 for kids ages 12 and under. General admission for ages 13 and above costs $21 per show. Included with admission is access to activities that happen between the shows, such as workshops, puppet shows, magic tricks, roving performances and more.


2024 Shows and Experiences

Shows and performances happening over the SPARK Stages weekend in 2024 are listed below. Each show takes place on both the Saturday and Sunday. (Note: Exact details are subject to change.)

  • Dino-Light – a glow-in-the-dark show by Lightwire Theater from America featuring a mix of technology, puppetry and dance. This show is intended for children ages 3 to 10. It takes place at 12:00 pm on Saturday and 2:45 pm on Sunday.
  • Falling in Africa – a lively music and dance show during which the audience is welcome to get up and dance. It features Garth Prince from Alberta with shows at 4:05 pm on Saturday and 1:20 pm on Sunday.
  • The Libravian – a funny show about a librarian and the world of books. The theatrical experience was created by Bru Theatre in Ireland. It’s a show for children ages 8 and above at 1:20 pm on Saturday and 4:05 pm on Sunday.
  • Robot Song – a production by Arena Theatre all the way from Australia. The show is about human spirit and creativity and includes animatronics, original music and lots of technology. It’s for children 8 years old and above. The performance starts at 2:45 pm on Saturday and at noon on Sunday.
  • Tree – a multi-sensory experience about nature coming to life by Théâtre Motus from Quebec. It’s intended for little kids ages 3 and under. The experience runs at 12:15 and 3:00 pm on both days of Surrey SPARK Stages in 2024.



Surrey International Children's Festival
Surrey International Children’s Festival (from the past)


Other Things to Do

If you head out to Surrey for SPARK Stages, while you’re there be sure to check out the Art Gallery at the Surrey Arts Centre. It’s small, but free, and often has interesting displays.

Also, be sure to wander around beautiful Bear Creek Park, with its gardens and great children’s play areas, including an awesome water park (which operates seasonally and is subject to water restrictions).

For information on other Metro Vancouver festivals, including the Vancouver International Children’s Festival which takes place around the end of May/beginning of June, check out Vancouver’s Festivals and Events Calendar.

For ideas on other things to do with kids, see Vancouver’s Best Places for Children.


Other Information

To learn more about the Surrey SPARK Stages event, see the City of Surrey website.

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For information about a similar event in the Sea to Sky region, click Whistler Children’s Festival.