The top five activities at the Whistler Children’s Festival

Our junior reporter, Brynna Werry, offers her review of the festival

Editor's note: Brynna Werry, 11, was chosen as The Question’s junior reporter as part of a festival mentor program running in conjunction with the Whistler Arts Council.

As I walked through the entrance of the Whistler Children’s Festival at Whistler Olympic Plaza on Saturday afternoon Bobs and Lolo’s music filled my ears as I looked around at all of the different activities. I instantly knew that throughout the day there would be tons of performances and things
to do.

Here are my top five favourite activities from the Whistler Children’s Festival this year.

1. My favourite thing to do at Whistlers Children’s Festival was the patio lanterns workshop, with a big variety of different coloured paper, sparkles, feathers and even sequins. The sky was the limit for your lantern.

2. My second favourite thing to do was the Whistler Fire Rescue activity, which was different from any other safety practice I have done before.

“We’re here to help spread awareness to young adults and families about fires,” explained Dave Eaton, one of the team members.

They gave me and some other kids a tour of a mock house and pointed out all the dangers that could cause fires, like not to spill any water on electrical cords and not to play with matches. They brought us into the house’s bedroom and smoke started to fill the room along with the smoke alarm.

The younger kids definitely knew what to do: duck down and avoid the smoke. One of the fire fighters explained how to react in a situation like that. “Make sure to feel the door, and if it’s warm that means there is a fire on the other side,” he said.

We all felt the door, which was hot, so we then got to climb out a window down the ladder. Next year I would definitely visit Whistler Fire Rescue again.

3. I enjoyed watching other kids in the circus tent, walking on stilts, doing gymnastics, juggling and even doing the tightwire.

Melissa Aston, a clown who works in the circus, and as a clown at BC Children’s Hospital, said that her favourite trick to teach is “the juggling hats.”

As she told me this, she juggled her hat, which landed right back on her head. “Kids usually come back out knowing a new trick,” she said.

4. I quite liked the performances. My favourite performance was the magician, Leif David. His tricks involved making scarfs appear, turning water into a bunch of different colours in the blink of an eye and even folding up a newspaper and making water disappear inside it.

My favourite trick he performed was very cool. He placed a small foam star into a young volunteer’s hand then asked her to open it again, revealing around six more stars!

5. One of the most popular things at the children’s festival was the balloon station. There were big lineups for the balloon hats or even the balloon animals. My favourite was the balloon hat, which was interesting to watch the artist make and fun to walk around with on your head.

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