Tambia performs at the Harrison Festival of the Arts for Children's Day on Wednesday

Tambia performs at the Harrison Festival of the Arts for Children's Day on Wednesday

Festival Children’s Day Features New Creative Play Programming

The 2015 Harrison Festival of the Arts welcomes new Children's Day Coordinator and performing arts activities

The annual program for Harrison Festival of the Arts’ Children’s Day has consistently included three different live performances and a number of drop-in activities that encourage children to explore the arts through creative play.  Under the direction of new Children’s Day Co-ordinator, Janet Hutchinson, the programming for this year’s Children’s Day, Wednesday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will see some refreshing new activities that invite children and parents’ to experience hands-on interactions with a wide range of performing arts including music, drama & physical skills.

“Janet is an experienced event organizer in the Fraser Valley and has had great success developing child focused programming for various local community groups,” says Harrison Festival Society Artistic Director, Andy Hillhouse.

Performing arts activities added this year include Circus Skills training and games, Acting Out dramatic play lead by Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, Music Makers rhythm circle lead by instructor Anya McRae and Story Forest featuring wildlife puppets from the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.

“It is a joy to connect and share with fellow arts organizations and  groups in this celebration of youthful fun and creativity,” says Hillhouse. “It offers a more enriching experience for us as organizers and the public.”

Returning activity favourites include the popular Climbing Wall, BC Hydro Power Smart Booth, Craft Central and Play Zone for toddlers & preschoolers.

The day’s performance lineup features musician and inventor, Al Simmons, on the indoor Memorial Hall stage. Called the “Thomas Edison of entertainers, Simmons is one of the most popular children’s acts in the country, and well known and loved for his inventive musical comedy.   Sets by Nunavut group The Jerry Cans and youth ensemble Tambai Marimba will be featured on the outdoor stage.

Families are encouraged to hang around town after the Children’s Day site has closed to catch the youthful and exuberant evening Memorial Hall performance with The Strumbellas at 8:30 p.m. This Canadian group is making waves at festivals across North America and abroad for the quality of their dynamic live shows. They have an all ages appeal with a popular contemporary alternative folk style similar to massive groups such as The Lumineers and Fleet Foxes. With children 12 and under admitted free to evening Hall performances, families have more access than ever to share an unforgettable full day family fun Festival extravaganza.

“Accessibility is a core value of our organization,” says Hillhouse, “We have families ourselves and understand how challenging it can sometimes be to find family friendly programming that is engaging, educational and entertaining while remaining affordable.”

Admission to Children’s Day is $6 (children 3 and under are free, group rate available). Complete lineup and tickets for the 37th annual Harrison Festival of the Art are available online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604-796-3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison. Early bird pricing available until June 26.

Just Posted

Dancers from the Sts’ailes First Nation perform the eagle dance at a welcome banner dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 10. “Ey Swayel” is a Halq̓eméylem term translated as ‘a good day.’ (Adam Louis/Observer)
VIDEO: ‘A good day’ for Agassiz school as Sts’ailes welcome banner is dedicated

Banner hangs above the school’s entrance, welcoming students, staff and visitors

UFV athletes were honoured for their strength and perseverance during the pandemic. (UFV photo)
Fraser Valley athletes recognized in year without sports

UFV Cascades athletes honoured for strength shown during the pandemic

Missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs was found deceased on Thursday evening (June 17).
Body of missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs found

Hobbs was reported missing Monday after leaving his job site in Langley

A tenant walks in front of her home on Boundary Road on Friday, June 18, 2021 after it was destroyed by fire the night before in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack family homeless after fire rips through house on Abbotsford border

Turtle rescued, no one seriously hurt following Boundary Road fire in Chilliwack

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Most Read