Festival fun for children

Luiz Lopes
Published: NOW and THE PROVINCE

Kids take in a performance at the storytelling tent at Surrey Children's Festival, at Bear Creek Park. Saturday, May 25, 2013.

Kids take in a performance at the storytelling tent at Surrey Children’s Festival, at Bear Creek Park. Saturday, May 25, 2013.

Families from all across the city came to get inspired and celebrate at the annual Surrey Children’s Festival over the weekend. Activities took place on the grounds of Bear Creek Park and Surrey Arts Centre, from Thursday to Saturday.

The theme for the ninth annual festival was “What’s your festival?”

Marnie Perrin, artistic director of the three-day event, said they had great society engagement this year.

“We did a large amount of community outreach saying to them, ‘This is your festival, what did you like to do with it?'” said Perrin.

This is the seventh edition of the festival Perrin has been involved in. “The most exciting thing about this festival is giving kids an opportunity to see the amazing things that we bring specific for the festival, like international performances,” Perrin said. “This year we had Grug from Australia, a film from the U.K. (and) performers from across Canada.”

The event is organized for children aged 12 and under, but “you really can grow up with the festival,” said Perrin. “You can come back as a volunteer, so you can work within those activities teaching the kids (who) are coming to participate.”

Ron Peterson has been volunteering at the storytelling tent for the past four years. “I keep coming back just for this enjoyment,” he said.

While some of the events required a wristband, many others were free, including the art card station and the storytelling tent, among others.

Some of the wristband-required activities included clay arts and digital animation activity.

“Everything is nice and kid-friendly. It is awesome!” said Andrea Drew while playing with her daughter at clay arts tent.

“We’ve meant to come in the last few years but we haven’t made it.”

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