40 Days of Play

Join us for daily activities from April 28 to June 6, 2021

Activities will promote safe, independent, fun and creative play. Activities will be a blend of mostly at home, visual art, creative challenges and exploration through the safe use of public trails and parks. Our 40 Days of PLAY will have a grand finale with three days of virtual, interactive and international, entertainment programming from June 4 - 6.

Don’t forget to take a picture of your participation in our activities and share it with us online. Use the hashtag #40DaysofPLAY and be entered to win a prize from one of our Festival partners.

Featured Performances

Tickets are on sale now for our Featured Performances. Learn more:


40 Days of PLAY!

This year marks 40 years that the Children’s Festival has engaged countless children, youth and young at heart adults to the performing and visual arts.

Colourful Butterfly with a note of gratitude

Random Acts of Kindness: Butterfly Bombing ›

Participate in Random Acts of Kindness

Red bird puppet

Walking Bird Puppet Workshop with Green Fools Theatre ›

Follow the Puppet-master for a one-of-a-kind creation

Paper book and coffee filter butterfly

Getting Crafty with SAPVAC ›

Learn clever and crafty ways to use scrap paper and coffee filters to create beautiful finished products

Indigenous girl

Animal Tracking in the Wild with Fort Edmonton Park ›

Animal Tracking in the Wild with Fort Edmonton Park

Acting duo Rooney & Punyi

Telling Stories with Rooney & Punyi ›

Fable storybook fun with Rooney & Punyi

Table of playdough butterflies

Playdough Butterflies with Diane Gwilliam ›

Playdough Butterflies with Diane

The Great Balanzo holding three juggling blocks

Clowning Around with The Great Balanzo ›

Clown around with The Great Balanzo

Blooms Bench on St. Thomas Street

Mental Health Art Walk ›

Mental Health Art Walk with Joey

Staff Member of the St. Albert Public Library
Girl learning origami

Celebrate Children’s Day in Japan! ›

Celebrate Children’s Day in Japan!

Backyard fence with butterflies on it

Brighten Your Block in Butterflies! ›

Show your International Children's Festival spirit and decorate your home and yard with butterflies.

Jackie Pooke dance pose on the beach

Surfin’ Safari Dance Choreography ›

Just in time for summer learn a little Surfin' Safari dance routine!

Main Children's Festival Graphic

How Does Your Garden Grow? ›

Show your International Children's Festival spirit and create your own Butterfly Garden

A butterfly wreath hanging on a wall

Decorate Your Door with a Butterfly Wreath ›

Make a welcoming Butterfly wreath for your door.

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. Contest Rules.

40 Years and Counting

This year marks 40 years the Children’s Festival has engaged countless youngsters to the arts in an entertaining and educational way. But more than that, it has introduced them to a bigger, more exciting world, and jump-started their curiosity, creativity and confidence.

Important Notices

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.


The City of St. Albert is using remarketing techniques as part of this campaign. To learn what remarketing is, how the City uses this capability, and how you can opt-out, please review our policy.

Support the Festival

The Friends of Children's Festival's 50/50


Donation through CanadaHelps
Canada Helps logo

We appreciate donors like you who value the role the arts play in our community. CanadaHelps donations provide program supplies, and assists with both production and volunteer costs.