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Published on : Friday, July 7, 2017
Canada’s year-round playground gets a little bit more playful when the Whistler Children’s Festival makes its return July 7 – 9. Whistler’s longest running festival marks the start of a summer of family-friendly fun complete with art-making workshops, entertainment and activities for kids of all ages.
Pack your pyjamas and kick off the festivities at the free outdoor pyjama party in the Whistler Olympic Plaza on the evening of July 7. The Whistler Children’s Festival continues from July 7 – 9 offering activities such as face painting, origami and a covered free-play area for kids under 2 years. Watch live performances or put the little ones in a creative workshop to learn to build a birdhouse, dreamcatcher or take on the art of magic. Attendees can also send a child in need to the festival with the purchase of a helping hand ticket, enabling those who wouldn’t normally be able to attend the festival to go.
Whistler’s family-friendly activities carry on year-round, with the summer season shining especially bright. Cool off in one of Whistler’s five lakes, post up at a playground or see if you can spot a bear from the gondola. Take a stab at the Canada 150 Scavenger Hunt and claim your prize at the Whistler Visitor’s Centre once 20 items have been crossed off the list.
Sign up the kids for a summer workshop with Summer Art Camps at the Audain Art Museum, Children’s Summer Theatre at the Point Artist Run Centre or join the Whistler Public Library and the Whistler Museum for a free weekly journey through Whistler’s History at Crafts in the Park.
Enjoy a free, outdoor movie every Wednesday at the base of Whistler Mountain in Creekside with the Whistler Summer Cinema presented by the Whistler Film Festival. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and watch the series start off with Where the Wild Things Are on July 19 at dusk.
Whistler offers non-stop family fun year round. Start with the Whistler Children’s Festival and stay an extra night or two to extend your weekend thanks to midweek deals from $125 a night.