Prince Rupert Children's Festival this Saturday
On Saturday, March 2, the 22nd annual Children's Festival will be held at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For those who are familiar with the festival, they will be surprised to see a few changes this year. After talking to Bev Kilberry, co-coordinator of the Children's Festival, a few surprises were revealed for the upcoming event. Instead of holding all of the activities in both the gymnasium and the auditorium, this year all activities will be set-up in the gymnasium. Meanwhile, in the auditorium, children of all ages will be able to enjoy what Kilberry referred to as "the main event" which is "Laser Fish". A new activity where, in groups of 14 and after watching a quick safety and orientation video in the Cinema Room, children get to enjoy an interactive laser tag with obstacle courses and special lighting. Kilberry hopes this activity will be a big draw this year.
However, there are other new things being brought to the festival this year as well. Rob Gruber from Good Time Games will be setting up a "Hex Bug" display, and there will be a Graffitti wall with fluorescent highlighters and black lighting.
Many of the traditional activities will also be there to enjoy such as face-painting, twirl art, beading, and bouncy castles. As well as other educational activities put on by groups like Overwaitea, which will be bringing a food wheel, and the BC Cancer Organization will be there to talk about nutritional foods.
Kilberry, who has been involved with organizing the Children's Festival for the past three years, wanted to make sure children were not limited to only one thing. It was important to let the kids have a variety of activities to do.
There will of course be snacks and things like popcorn and sno-cones, to give the festival a "carnival type atmosphere". But Kilberry also stated that they want to "balance that sugar fix", so they are going to provide cheese and crackers and juice boxes as well.
The admission for Children's Fest will be $2 for children and they are hoping that adults will submit a donation.
In previous years it was estimated they accommodated approximately 1,500 to 2,000 (adults and children) throughout the day and organizers have high expectations for an even better outcome this year.
"Children's Fest wouldn't be possible without the generous donations that we receive from businesses and service club organizations...and volunteers," stated Kilberry. "It really is a lot of organization, and volunteered time. But it is worth it to see the community come together, spending time with the family and having a good time."
If you are interested in volunteering at the Children's Festival this upcoming weekend, please contact the Special Events Office at (250)-624-9118, and speak with Joy Sundin to get on board.