Friday, May 20

Festival Kick-Off Party featuring DJ Ira with special guest Norman Foote

5pm

Dust off your dancing shoes, warm-up your vocal cords, and get ready to celebrate as we kick off the 2022 Whistler Children’s Festival in style with Whistler’s own DJ Ira Pettle and special guest, Norman Foote!

Saturday, May 21

Kids Yoga for 3-5 year olds

9:30am

A fun and playful introduction to yoga for 3-5 year olds!
Through creative movement, games, music, and stories, your little ones will explore different yoga shapes, breath and learn relaxation techniques.
Meet Heidi and Lisa on the mat, ready to move and groove!

Recommended age: 3-5 year olds

Rick Scott with Nico Rhodes

11:00am

Three-time Juno nominee Rick Scott joins forces with young keyboard ace Nico Rhodes for a lively, participatory concert combining music, storytelling and humour. Based on Rick’s 8 award-winning children’s recordings, the show is enlivened by Nico’s piano mastery and the inter-generational mischief of two musical playmates 40 years apart in age.

Hand Puppetry Workshop with Ventriloquist Kellie Haines

12:30pm

Join us for a fun and interactive puppet-making workshop and enter into the exciting world of puppetry and ventriloquism with expert Kellie Haines.

You will start the class with a basic hand puppet made from a sock, cardboard and foam rubber and then you will let your creativity run wild, adding their features (eyes, nose, hair, horns, ears, wings – anything you want!) Your puppet will have the character and personality YOU want it to have. Kellie will teach puppetry and ventriloquist techniques to help your puppet speak and express itself- they might even sing! Puppets have many talents. Kamilla the frog and Magrau the bird will also be there to meet you and your new puppet friends.

Recommended age: 8-12 year olds

Cosmo’s Pop Up Circus

2:00pm

Cosmo has an arsenal of antics in her clown trunk. Circus surprises abound with flying hats, precipitous balancing acts, and inspired confusion. What will pop up next? Witness the comedic stylings of Cosmo as she juggles, balances, and bumbles her way through this exciting show.

Recommended age: 4-12 year olds

Don’t Over Think It: Songwriting with Norman Foote

3:30pm

“Don’t over think it”

Experience a captivating and highly engaging songwriting session with Norman Foote! Explore lyrical content, melody, song genre and best of all…write a song. So much creativity and self-expression is lost when we overthink it. Songwriting is fun; music is not a competition.
Foote has written songs for Walt Disney Records, CBC Television, Shari Lewis, Max & Ruby and The National Film Board, to mention a few. He has received a Juno and 4 WCMA awards, amongst others!

Recommended age: 6-10 year olds

NZR Productions presents The Big Topp Show

5:00pm

Join ‘Stretch’ the Ringmaster and the rest of the colourful cast as the Big Topp show excites and ignites with remarkable feats of juggling, acrobatics and spectacular visuals. This show combines music with vintage circus delights and adds a technological twist using UV LED and Laser lights!

Sunday, May 22

Kids Yoga -for 6-10 year olds

9:30am

Whether your child is a seasoned yogi or a complete beginner, in this class Heidi dives deeper into age-appropriate themes, the breath, yoga poses, and relaxation techniques.
She explores foundational skills such as self-awareness, compassion, and confidence through both physical and mindfulness practices.
Heidi will meet you on the mat to breathe, move and BE!

Recommended age: 6-10 year olds

Will’s Jams

11:00am

Will Stroet of Will’s Jams is a JUNO-nominated musician, nationally recognized educator and former CBC Kids TV star. His high-energy rock-pop music in English and French is full of witty wordplay and sing-along choruses, inspiring kids to be active, creative, caring and community-minded. Will and the band perform hits from his 11 albums, which are masterpieces of creativity and fun, further cementing him as the ultimate star of children’s rock ‘n’ roll.

Ukulele Sunshine and Songwriting with Ginalina

12:30pm

Get young minds and hands exploring with this highly engaging (and at times, wonderfully noisy!) ukulele and songwriting workshop! Three-time Juno nominated artist and Kala Brand Canadian Ambassador, Ginalina, will introduce the audience to a variety of curious new instruments, with a main focus on the ukulele. With the support of her giant-hearted band, participants will have fun exploring the strings, experimenting with chords, and strumming or fingerpicking beginner tunes. The stretch goal of this workshop will be to imagine and create a fun and simple song to play together. Recommended age group is 6-10, all skills are welcome, and a selection of colourful ukuleles will be available to use! All participants receive a take-home activity package in French and English.

Recommended age: 6-10 year olds

Native Thunder

2:00pm

First Nations dancing is a form of storytelling using songs, different dance styles and a way of life to tell the story. This show will explain the history of the songs as they are performed and demonstrate different styles of First Nations dance, ending with a traditional hoop dance.

Inventing the Opposite: A Creative Writing Workshop with Rebecca Wood Barrett

3:30pm

Have you ever been so surprised by a book or character you wondered, ‘how did the writer think of that?’ Join author Rebecca Wood Barrett in a creative writing workshop to learn a step-by-step process of how to invent fresh and extraordinary ideas and characters. She’ll share some of her secrets of exploring her own life to come up with fun and unusual ideas and teach you how to do the same thing. Come prepared to boost your brain and move your pen across the paper!

Recommended age: 8-12 year olds

Ginalina

5:00pm

Dance, sway, and sing along in English, French and Mandarin with CBC and Kids Knowledge Network featured musician and three-time Juno nominated artist, Ginalina! A bright star in the world of folk music and children’s nature books, she weaves the audience together with warm, upbeat and folky songs inspired by the love of family, beauty of the west coast, and joy of being in the moment. Take a musical adventure with the giant-hearted band as they turn up the sound, laughter, and joy on accordions, ukuleles, guitars, and rhythms. There will be lots to enjoy together in this interactive Ginalina concert for children and families!

Friday, May 27

DJ Ira Dance Party

5:00pm

If you missed the first one, here’s your chance to join Whistler’s premier family entertainer, DJ Ira Pettle, for another high-energy, interactive dance party. A not-to-be-missed family affair, Ira will also be previewing a few songs from his soon-to-be-released debut record, A Little Bit.

Saturday, May 28

Kids Yoga for 3- 5 year olds

9:30am

A fun and playful introduction to yoga for 3-5 year olds!
Through creative movement, games, music, and stories, your little ones will explore different yoga shapes, breath and learn relaxation techniques.
Meet Heidi and Lisa on the mat, ready to move and groove!

Recommended age: 3-5 year olds

Ideas Bobert presented by Candy Bones Theatre

11:00am

What happens if we deny our deepest dreams and desires? Bobert is a silent character (a la Charlie Chaplin) who has a little red bird for a heart. His story asks us, what happens if we are to deny our deepest dreams and desires? Teetering on the brink of absolute failure, love-sick Bobert discovers his heart to be more important than he knew.

From award-winning creator and actor Candice Roberts, comes a clown tour de force of comedy and conundrum. With vintage silent film styling, shadow puppetry, stop motion animation projections, dance and live music, the world of Ideas Bobert is rich with magic and creativity. Like Ginger Rogers meets Mr. Bean on the Muppet show, Ideas Bobert dances with the hilarious absurd.

Magic Art by Jess “Drawing Dinos”

12:30pm

The artists will learn how to draw two dinosaurs and a dino landscape with a step-by-step teaching method. However, artists are always encouraged to go rogue and create freely if they wish! They will learn to sketch a drawing before using ink to make the final line work. They will go home with an inked piece ready for colouring.

Recommended age: 6-10 year olds

Science World On The Road

2:00pm

This greatest hits show includes some of the most iconic offerings from Science World’s repertoire of demonstrations. Enjoy the electricity of the hair-raising Van De Graaf Generator and all the other spinning, falling, flying demos that Science World is best known for!

Breakdance Workshop with the Vancity Bboys

3:30pm

Learn the art of Breakin with this class that teaches the foundations of breakdance!
Breakdancing is a style of street dancing that incorporates coordination, acrobatic and intricate body movements, style, and aesthetics. It evolved from the hip hop movement during the early 1970s and is the most widely known of all hip hop dance styles.

Get your kids bodies moving and popping at this fun dance workshop—ages 8 and up.

Recommended age: 8-12 year olds

Penny Pom Pom

5:00pm

Meet Penny Pom Pom, a colourful ball of energy who embodies creative confidence and artistic freedom. Her multi-media show for young children is colourful, musical and interactive and focuses on the importance of creativity and self-empowerment. Penny Pom Pom is excited by the world and finds inspiration to create art wherever life takes her in the form of song, dance, visual art and more! Featuring original songs from her debut album, “Believe In Your Magic,” her lively music is sure to get young audiences singing and clapping along. Most importantly, children (and grown ups!) will leave this experience feeling inspired to bring more creativity into their own lives.

Sunday, May 29

Kids Yoga for 6-10 year olds

9:30am

Whether your child is a seasoned yogi or a complete beginner, in this class Heidi dives deeper into age-appropriate themes, the breath, yoga poses, and relaxation techniques.
She explores foundational skills such as self-awareness, compassion, and confidence through both physical and mindfulness practices.
Heidi will meet you on the mat to breathe, move and BE!

Recommended age: 6-10 year olds

RupLoops

11:00am

An interactive, live looping show using vocal percussion, rhythmic rhymes and an arsenal of eclectic instruments. Rup utilizes his diverse skills as a musician to create a pulsating, entertaining and engaging musical experience. He is a gifted educator and performer and has a deep passion for intercultural work and intercultural sounds. Through this show he hopes children will gain an understanding and appreciation of our universal language: music.

A Magic Workshop by Master Magician Rod Boss

12:30pm

Learn how to perform magic that will impress your friends and family in this fun and interactive workshop. This could be the start of a wonderful magical journey!

Recommended age: 8-12 year olds

Native Thunder

2:00pm

First Nations dancing is a form of storytelling using songs, different dance styles and a way of life to tell the story. This show will explain the history of the songs as they are performed and demonstrate different styles of First Nations dance, ending with a traditional hoop dance.

Acting Out with Ira Pettle

3:30pm

Join Whistler’s premier family entertainer and performance coach, Ira Pettle, for an exclusive kids’ acting workshop. This session will be equal parts learning and laughter, with theatre games and improv focused on communication skills and character development. Parents are welcome to participate alongside their kids, too.

Recommended age: 3-5 year olds

The Comedy Magic of Rod Boss

5:00pm

In the last 30 years, Rod’s thrilling magic has entertained countless audiences throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.
His hilarious show is full of interactive magic and fun and will keep an audience of all ages on the edge of their seat. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy the internationally renowned Comedy Magic of Rod Boss!