Why We Love Granville Island

February 14, 2012

We are excited to present the Children?s Festival at the iconic and popular Granville Island location for the second year running. This city island is a favorite with families, artists, arts lovers,
locals and tourists alike for good reason. Here are some of the reasons, we?re thrilled to be back.

 

The vibrant arts community

Granville Island is home to resident artisans including glassblowers, ceramists, print and jewelry-makers, theatre companies, children?s arts organizations, and regularly hosts arts events and
festivals. It is truly a hub for creativity and imagination, which makes it an ideal spot to host Children?s Festival?s performances and arts activities including storytelling, percussion,
sock-puppet making, claymation and sound sculptures.

 

Family-friendly

Locals and tourists can attest that this island haven within the city is a children?s paradise. The water park, playground, ducks and turtles alone make it a thrill for little ones let alone the
allure of Carousel Theatre, Arts Umbrella, Pop Up dances, and buskers who wow their audiences with magic, acrobatics and juggling acts. Oh and stroller friendly too!

 

Professional theatres

Granville Island has some of the best theatrical venues in the city, which allow us to bring in high quality artistic work – performances that weren?t possible before. This year, we are excited to
be able to presentImago Theatre?s ground-breaking show ZooZoo , a madcap revue of Cirque du Soleil-esque acrobatics,
illusion and comedy with exceptional production values. These kinds of shows raise the bar of what the festival can offer local families. As an added bonus, children get a taste of what it?s like to
watch a show in a real theatre.

 

Accessible and Gorgeous

Granville Island is a known location accessible by public transit, aqua bus, car, bike and even on foot if you?re in the neighbourhood. It?s surrounded by ocean with miles of boardwalk, and
gorgeous views of downtown. Seriously what?s not to love?

Still not convinced? Read Gwen Floyd?s ode to False Creek, part of Vancouver Mom?s Love Where You Live Series

NB: Tickets for the Festival go on sale April 2nd!