Welcome to the official page for Kootenay Children’s Festival! 2020 is our 35th year, and we are so excited to show you what we have planned! Mark your Calendars for Saturday May 9, 2020.

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Thank you, 2019 Sponsors!

Our 2019 Children’s Festival was so much Fun!!
Thank you to all of our participants, performers and families that took part. It is all about you!

Creative Monkeys kicked off the entertainment for the day with an interactive show. Busy throughout the day as well performing and entertaining families on the lawn!

Local singer Pyper Standing was this year’s youth performer. Pyper made her Key City Theatre debut at a Fisher Peak Winter Ale concert as the opener for The Holly Hyatt Band. We were so excited to welcome her back for this event. She is a super entertainer!

CBC Kids Star Will’s Jams took the stage at 11:30 in a show that was fun for the whole family! Scroll down for more information on Will!

The afternoon featured several Ktunaxa cultural performances on stage. It as great to grab lunch and relax while listening to stories, which was followed by the Ktunaxa youth dancers, an annual hit at the festival!

There were other roving entertainers around the grounds all day! Balloonists and clowns and improv, oh my!

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Will was such a wonderful performer at our 2019 Festival!

He's a Juno-nominated singer-songwriter, CBC Kids TV star, educator and dad who creates multilingual music that ignites imagination and motivates movement for the young and young-at-heart. Through witty wordplay and catchy choruses, Will inspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world through educational music in English and French.

Will first discovered his talent for writing kids music while completing his education degree at the University of B.C. After releasing his first album in 2005 and playing hundreds of shows around Vancouver, Will knew he had found his calling. In 2009, he took leave from teaching to pursue music full time and has never looked back. Over the years, Will has performed more than 1,800 shows at major festivals, schools and theatres across Canada and in China. He has garnered national recognition for his nine albums in English and French including  a 2017 JUNO nomination for his latest album, “Wordplay,” six WCMA nominations, two from the CFMA and two from the Sirius XM Indies. In 2015, UBC’s Faculty of Education honoured Will in their top 100 Alumni awards. In addition to being a devoted dad of two girls, Will is passionate about his work as an artist, educator and board member with Art in Schools, which supports art and creativity amongst BC’s young people.

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Featured at the 2019 Festival

The stage was headlined by CBC Kids Star Will’s Jams, with performances from the Ktunaxa Dancers and Adrumnik.

Entertainment for the day includes new and old favourite attractions and activities graciously sponsored by Cranbrook businesses.

Local emergency responder representatives and construction companies will be onsite with some of their heavy equipment for the kids to see. Sit on the steps of a fire truck, or in the driver’s seat of a city snowplow!

Enjoy refreshments and snacks available from local and regional food vendors. The Happy Cow Ice Cream Truck, Ice Box, and The Candy Man will be there, ready to satisfy any sweet tooth, or if you are looking for a quick meal, Mama’s Dumplings and Street Dogs are sure to impress!

Keep the Fun Going for Years!

Kootenay Children’s Festival is one of the last remaining FREE children’s festivals in British Columbia. Free admission and entertainment is one of the ways Kootenay Children’s Festival makes the event accessible to so many.

To donate to next year’s Kootenay Children’s Festival campaign, click the “Donate” button and ensure that the 2020 Kootenay Children’s Festival campaign is selected.


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