For Immediate Release / April 28, 2021

40 Years of Children's Festival and Counting

This year marks 40 years the International Children’s Festival of the Arts has engaged countless children, youth and the young-at-heart with the arts. To celebrate 40 years, the City is hosting 40 Days of Play from April 28 to June 6 with daily activities and prompts available online.  

Activities will promote safe, independent and creative play with a blend of mostly at home, visual art, creative challenges and exploration through the safe use of public trails and parks and the best part – they are free. To top off the entire celebration, 40 Days of Play will culminate with three days of virtual, interactive and international feature performances from June 4 to 6.  

40 Days of Play Activity Prompts 

The 40 Days of Play activity prompts include everything you've come to expect from the Children's Festival — only in digital format. From clowning workshops to creative crafting to geocaching, over 25 organizations, businesses and artists have come together to provide engaging and imaginative offerings for 40 days straight--one day for each year the Children's Festival has been enriching the lives of kids in our community. Discover how to make an origami butterfly in celebration of Children’s Day in Japan, learn to hula hoop with the Hula Hoop Circus, bake some butterfly cookies with Wild Earth Bakery, join a special story time with the St. Albert Public Library and so much more.   

Interactive Feature Performances from June 4 to 6 

The Wizards of Oakwood Drive • USA 
The Wizards of Oakwood Drive is a live, interactive, online performance for young audiences, ages four to 12 taking place on Zoom video platform. Two sibling wizards perform spells in a winner-take-all contest, and with a little help from parents in advance of the show, magic will happen in your own home. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and a few household items to make the wizardry happen. 

Mountain Goat Mountain • Australia 
Using just a bedsheet, a phone or computer, pencils and a piece of paper, Mountain Goat Mountain immerses families in a 45-minute theatrical experience. Children and families are carried along by a narrative soundscape that invites everyone bring their own creativity and imagination to the performance. 

The Big Heart Journey • Canada 
Taes, Boots from Splash’N Boots, brings three Big Heart Journey’s to choose from created especially for the Children’s Festival’s 40th celebrations:  

  1. Big Heart Bedtime 
  2. Big Heart Dance Party 
  3. Big Heart, Big Feelings 

Through a kid-friendly, magical spin on mindfulness and meditation, these shows aim to provide families with more support in a time when it is desperately needed. So, get your pyjamas on, grab your favourite toy, dance like nobody's watching and discover fun ways you can feel connected, confident and happy! 

The Ministry Of Mundane Mysteries: Power Hour • Canada 
This customized improvised narrative experience unfolds over five exciting phone calls in one thrilling hour, as our intrepid private investigators delve into audience members’ very own mini mysteries using the investigative power of good conversation. 

Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli • Canada 
Luca Patuelli, also known as “Lazylegz” started dancing (B-Boying) at the age of 15. His unique approach to dance is how he achieved worldwide recognition with his personalized dance style by incorporating his incredible upper body strength and his crutches as accessories to his performance. His mission is to encourage individuals of all abilities to adapt, stay positive, and learn to do things your own way. 

Ticket prices for feature performances range from $15 to $30 and will be available to purchase through childfest.com on Friday, May 7. 

Share and win 

Show us your creativity! Post a photo showing how you are participating in this year’s virtual Children’s Festival on Facebook or Instagram using #40DaysofPLAY to be entered to win prizes. If you’re feeling extra creative, enter the Brighten Your Block home decorating contest for even more chances to win. 

COVID-19 public health measures

We ask when participating in the virtual Festival that you follow all provincial public health measures, including physical distancing. For more details, visit the Government of Alberta’s Stronger Public Health Measures. 

For more information, visit childfest.com  

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Last edited: April 28, 2021