Kamloops Children's Arts Festival takes over Riverside park this weekend

A child enjoys painting at last year's Children's Art Festival.
Image Credit: Kamloops Arts Council/Facebook

KAMLOOPS - Gather up the kids and head down to Riverside Park for some free family fun this weekend.

With a theme of 'Animal Kingdom,' the 16th annual Kamloops Arts Council's Children's Arts Festival, filled with artistic, musical and theatrical activities for children ages two to 12, returns to Kamloops this Friday and Saturday. 

On Friday, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a free family dance and karaoke party at Riverside Park. Children and families can participate in karaoke, dance instruction and a freestyle dance party.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be more than 30 free interactive activities, including creating a clay animal toothbrush holder and plate, painting henna on boxes and candles, making a bag with a hand-crank sewing machine from the 1920s and learning to draw animal cartoon characters. 

Entertainers will include a ventriloquist, a magician and a clown. They will be joined by area performers including the Kamloops Symphony Music School.

For the first time this year, families will be granted free transit to and from the event. Transit vouchers will be delivered to all area elementary schools or can be picked up at the Kamloops Arts Council office.

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