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Surrey International Children’s Festival

Surrey International Children's Festival

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 2019

In 2019 the Surrey International Children’s Festival takes place from Thursday, May 23, to Saturday, May 25. The festival is all about “inspiring young hearts and minds through the arts.” The theme last year was “Play, Create, Do.” In 2019 the theme is “Seriously.”

At the event there are 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 23rd to 25th in 2019 and its hours are 9:00 am to 2:30 pm on the Thursday and Friday, and from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm on Saturday.

Festival performances take place at five different venues. The Main Stage Theatre, Studio Theatre and Lily Pad Stage are all at the Surrey Arts Centre which is located at the entrance to Bear Creek Park at 13750 88 Avenue. The Community Spirit Stage and Leap Frog Stage, meanwhile, are located in the park.

Children's Festival at Bear Creek
Children’s Festival at Bear Creek Park

Festival Admission

Admission to the Surrey Arts Centre and festival grounds is 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. The fee for children under 3 years of age is $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.

For anyone just wanting an Arts Activity Wristband, and no shows, the cost for all ages is $7. Arts Activity Wristbands are valid for all three days of the festival.

2019 Performers & Performances

Entertainers and shows scheduled for the 2019 season are listed below. (Note: Performance details are subject to change.)

  • Comedy Magic with Rod Boss – fun magic entertainment that’s suitable for elementary-school children (ages 5-12).
  • Élage Diouf – a blues, folk, pop and world musician from Senegal and Quebec with shows suitable for children ages 7 to 12.
  • Li Liu – demonstrations of traditional Chinese circus acrobatics. Suitable for elementary school-aged children from 5 to 12 years of age.
  • The Man Who Planted Trees – a puppet show play for older elementary-school children in grades 2 to 7.
  • Sawagi Taiko – performances by an all-women Japanese drumming group (for children ages 7 to 12).
  • Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch – a puppet show that’s suitable for pre-school and primary elementary school-aged children between the ages of 3 and 8.
  • Will’s Jams – a popular children’s performer from CBC Kids. His shows are suitable for kids 1 to 8.

Shows run for between around 40 and 65 minutes each.

Will Stroet
Will Stroet of Will’s Jams

2019 Performance Schedule

Below is the performance schedule for 2019. (Note: Times, locations and other details are subject to change.)

Thursday, May 23, 2019

  • 9:20 am – Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (in the Studio Theatre)
  • 9:30 am – Comedy Magic with Rod Boss (on the Lily Pad Stage)
  • 9:30 am – Will’s Jams (on the Main Stage)
  • 10:30 am – Sawagi Taiko (on the Leap Frog Stage)
  • 11:00 am – The Man Who Planted Trees (in the Studio Theatre)
  • 11:05 am – Will’s Jams performs in French (on the Main Stage)
  • 11:10 am – Comedy Magic with Rod Boss (on the Lily Pad Stage)
  • 12:30 pm – Chinese Acrobatics with Li Liu (on the Leap Frog Stage)
  • 12:45 pm – Comedy Magic with Rod Boss (on the Lily Pad Stage)
  • 12:45 pm – The Man Who Planted Trees (in the Studio Theatre)
  • 12:50 pm – Élage Diouf performs in French (on the Main Stage)

Friday, May 24, 2019

  • 9:20 am – Élage Diouf performs in French (on the Main Stage)
  • 9:20 am – The Man Who Planted Trees (in the Studio Theatre)
  • 9:30 am – Chinese Acrobatics with Li Liu (on the Leap Frog Stage)
  • 9:30 am – Comedy Magic with Rod Boss (on the Lily Pad Stage)
  • 11:00 am – Chinese Acrobatics with Li Liu (on the Leap Frog Stage)
  • 11:10 am – Élage Diouf performs in French (on the Main Stage)
  • 11:10 am – Comedy Magic with Rod Boss (on the Lily Pad Stage)
  • 11:10 am – The Man Who Planted Trees (in the Studio Theatre)
  • 12:45 pm – Sawagi Taiko (on the Leap Frog Stage)
  • 12:45 pm – Comedy Magic with Rod Boss (on the Lily Pad Stage)
  • 1:10 pm – Will’s Jams performs in French (on the Main Stage)
  • 1:15 pm – Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (in the Studio Theatre)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

  • 10:30 am – Will’s Jams performs Rocks & Roots (on the Main Stage)
  • 10:45 am – Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (in the Studio Theatre)
  • 10:45 am – Sawagi Taiko (on the Leap Frog Stage)
  • 11:00 am – Comedy Magic with Rod Boss (on the Lily Pad Stage)
  • 12:30 pm – Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (in the Studio Theatre)
  • 12:45 pm – Chinese Acrobatics with Li Liu (on the Leap Frog Stage)
  • 2:00 pm – Comedy Magic with Rod Boss (on the Lily Pad Stage)
  • 2:40 pm – The Man Who Planted Trees (in the Studio Theatre)
  • 3:00 pm – Fashion Machine (on the Main Stage)
  • 4:40 pm – The Man Who Planted Trees (in the Studio Theatre)
  • 4:45 pm – Chinese Acrobatics with Li Liu (on the Leap Frog Stage)
  • 6:00 pm – Élage Diouf performs in English (on the Main Stage)

Surrey Children's Festival at Bear Creek

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.

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.

Other Information

For more information about the Surrey International children’s Festival see the City of Surrey website.

 

 

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