Taking place in May at the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park, the Surrey International Children’s Festival features all kinds of fun kids’ activities.
Surrey Children’s Festival 2018
In 2018 the Surrey International Children’s Festival takes place from Thursday, May 24, to Saturday, May 26. The festival’s theme this year is “Play, Create, Do.”
At the event there is a small children’s parade, arts and craft activities, a storytelling tent, live entertainment and various workshops.
Times and Location
The Surrey International Children’s Festival takes place indoors at the Surrey Arts Centre at 13750-88th Avenue as well as outside on the grounds of adjacent Bear Creek Park in late May. It runs from May 24th to 26th and its hours are 9 am to 2:30 pm on the Thursday and Friday, and from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm on Saturday.
Admission to the Surrey Arts Centre, festival grounds and parade is all free, although most performances and activities are ticketed.
A regular ticket for a show on the Thursday and Friday costs $10 for anyone ages 3+ and includes an Arts Activity Wristband which is valid for all three days. Children under 3 cost $7.
A Saturday All Access Pass costs $12 for most folks, but $7 for kids under age 3. It includes unlimited access to performances and art activities, or at least as much as time and demand permit. For $12, it’s a fairly good deal if you plan to stay for a reasonable chunk of the day.
New for 2018, there is also a Saturday Festival Plus Pass which is the same as the above-mentioned Saturday All Access Pass but also includes a guaranteed ticket to one of the featured performances. The cost for this is $15 for folk ages 3+, so just $3 more.
For anyone just wanting an Arts Activity Wristband, and no shows, the cost for all ages is $7 and it’s good for all three days.
The Surrey International Children’s Festival features all kinds of activities, including performances by Circus INcognitus, Charlotte Diamond and other popular children’s entertainers in some years.
The Festival Parade and Dance Party are free for everyone and take place on Saturday. Many of the other events are ticketed, however, which means you’ll need to pay a couple of extra dollars in addition to the cost of the regular Activities Wristband.
See the Children’s Festival website for tickets and information.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your experience at the festival.
TIP #1: Buy the wristband and pay the extra couple of dollars to see the shows and enjoy everything. It’s a pretty good deal.
TIP #2: If it’s a sunny day, pack a picnic and between the festival and the park, plan to stay for the day.
NOTE: To see the ticketed performances and take part in many of the activities, everyone needs to pay admission. The one exception is babies under 6 months of age carried in arms.
Other Things to Do
If you head out to Surrey for the children’s festival, 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 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.