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Family Day promises to be magical

Don Fennell   Feb-04-2019

Richmond will celebrate Family Day with the rest of B.C. on Feb. 18.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond


Mythology and magic are sure captivate children of all ages at this year’s Family Day in Richmond.

Presented by TD Bank Group, The Troll Grandfather will enthral audiences through an original performance by local Vancouver theatre group Axis Theatre.

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Twin powers will unite as author and illustrator Holman Wang and his brother Jack take audiences on imaginary and unforgettable journeys in Cozy Classics and Stars Wars Epic Yarns linking literary and cinematic classics.

“The Children’s Arts Festival is designed to inspire children’s imagination and creativity,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This popular annual event is a great way to spend Family Day as kids and parents from across the community can play together in a fun, festive environment.”

Presented by Landsdowne Centre, the 11th annual Children’s Arts Festival affords children of all ages many opportunities to get creative on Feb. 18 at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate.

Feature artist Keely O’Brien will be working with community members to create a digitally-printed wall mural for the Richmond Arts Centre. Attendees are encouraged to contribute to the piece, which will be composed and refined by the artist using digital post-production techniques.

Throughout the day, kids can express themselves in their own works of art by taking part in a creativity class (pre-registration is required) like acrylic painting or stop motion animation. They might even want to dance or take an improv class. The festival has several imagination stations to inspire.

As always, there will be plenty of entertainment including Middle Eastern tales from Stories on Wheels, a breathtaking demonstration by kite-flyer Tristan Underwood and the sounds of Rumba Calzada, Krystyle Dos Santos and Kutapira.

General admission is $5 per person, which includes drop-in access to the imagination stations and a range of fun and creative activities. Classes are $15 each and include general festival admission.

To learn more, visit www.childrensartsfestival.ca

All told, there are more than 65 family-friendly local activities in Richmond this Family Day weekend, including:

Saturday, Feb. 16

• Family story time at Richmond Public Library

• Spin (cycle) sessions at West Richmond Community Centre

Monday, Feb. 18

• Family Day breakfast and activities at Steveston and Cambie community centres

• Yoga, wacky science and family open gym drop-in at Hamilton Community Centre

All long weekend

• Themed activities at Richmond Nature Park and Steveston Interurban Tram

• Swimming and skating

• Family rock climbing, skating, a Family Passport Challenge and Olympian autographs at Richmond Olympic Oval

• 15-minute tours at Britannia Shipyards

• Puppet show and family sing-a-long at South Arm Community Centre


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