Children’s Arts Festival nears

The fifth annual Children’s Arts Festival, offering a variety of interactive art activities led by professionals, will be held at Richmond Cultural Centre Feb. 11—B.C.’s first Family Day holiday.

A highlight this year includes a presentation and book signing by bestselling author of Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin, who will read from his book Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, along with other musical stories.

Fans are encouraged to bring their books or stuffed animals for signing. Tickets to his presentation are $10.

The festival will offer a variety of 90-minute Creativity Classes, led by accomplished artists in dance, circus, musical theatre, cartooning, animation, clay, painting and puppet-making. Admission is $10 per class (excludes animation, which is $30).

For those wishing to enjoy the Children’s Arts Festival without registering for a Creativity Class, a $5 wristband will provide drop-in access to all of the performances and Imagination Stations including balloon twisting, face painting, origami and more. The wristband also includes admission to Minoru Aquatic Centre and Minoru Arenas on Feb. 11.

Food vendors will be at the cultural centre’s plaza for the event.

Four other festival days leading up to Feb. 11 are reserved for school groups. On Feb. 11, the public portion of the festival, activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information visit To register for Creativity Classes or to purchase tickets to see Eric Litwin, visit or call 604-276-4300.

Families are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to fill the Arts Truck parked in the plaza, with proceeds to the Richmond Food Bank.

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