Announcing the first-ever Kids Fest Pop Up!

May 11, 2020

Vancouver, BC – The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is announcing its first ever online Kids Fest Pop Up! From Tuesday, May 26 to Sunday, May 31, parents, children and teachers will be able to take part in daily online events that will delight, engage, and entertain. And it’s all free!

From beatboxer RupLoops and the queens from Parents Are a Drag, to the playful animation of Papergee and the magical theatre show White, the Kids Fest Pop Up will transform your living room into a front-row celebration of theatre, film, dance, and art. And whether you want to dance like nobody’s watching, learn to juggle, fold the perfect paper crane, become a cartoonist, or learn to draw beautiful Indigenous Art, Kids Fest Pop Up workshops will keep you learning, laughing, and creating.

“We couldn’t let the cancellation of the 2020 Vancouver International Children’s Festival stand in the way of planning something special for all the children and families,” says Katharine Carol, Artistic and Executive Director. “While we were obviously sad and disappointed that we couldn’t proceed with the festival as planned, we’re thrilled that we’ll be able to bring great shows and workshops to families. This is our way of making sure that, even though the annual festival on Granville Island has been cancelled due to Covid-19, families can enjoy a taste of the Kids Fest magic at home.”

Through a mix of pre-recorded performances and live streaming events, families can enjoy one show and one workshop every day at If you can’t catch them when they stream live, not to worry; performances will remain up on the Children’s Festival site until end of day May 31st.

Check out the full schedule of performances and activities at, with information about recommended age, and details about the supplies you’ll want to have on-hand to take part in each workshop.

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous support of the pop up festival: Port of Vancouver, Amacon, City of Vancouver, British Columbia Arts Council, Province of BC, Government of Canada, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

About the Vancouver International Children’s Festival

The longest running professional performing arts festival for young audiences and the first of its kind in North America and Europe, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival presents the world’s finest music, theatre, dance, puppetry, acrobatics and storytelling, as well as creative arts activities for the entire family. Families come to Granville Island from near and far to experience this extraordinary annual arts festival created specifically for children and families.

Media interview requests please contact:

Katharine Carol | Artistic and Executive Director
Vancouver International Children’s Festival


  1. Our preschool had previously purchased tickets for this event and we just realized that the videos are live. Would it be possible to leave these shows on for another week so that we will all have time to enjoy these shows together as a family? Like many other organizations, this would be such a wonderful community resource during g covid times – perhaps something to introduce to families so that they will look forward to seeing live in the future. My first child, who is turning 8, is still talking about shows and things she learned at the festival when she was 3.5 years old! I hope my second child who was originally attending this event this year will eventually see it live. For now, we will absorb ourselves in this event online – but hoping that you’ll extend the viewing opportunity deadline.

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