Thursday, June 5th 9:30am – 2:00pm
Friday, June 6th 9:30am – 2:00pm
Saturday, June 7th 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sunday, June 8th 10:00am – 4:30pm
Have fun weaving your way through this muddle of a maze.
The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (Friday Only)
Engineering Friday includes a variety of engineering and geoscience related activities for children including the opportunity to build a structure of gum-drops, build and test the strength of a straw-bridge and other educational and fun activities.
Up, up and away in a beautiful balloon! Or at least pretend to be since your balloon will be attached to you so you both don’t fly away. Friday Sponsored by Molly Maid. Saturday Sponsored by Manitoba Dentists. Balloons are limited so please make sure to get yours early in the day.
Bendy Twisty Silly
What can you make with pipe cleaners? Bend them, shape them and wear them!
You can’t go wrong with a styling necklace. Personalize your own unique piece of jewellry and be the envy of all.
Block Parents (Saturday and Sunday Only)
The Block Parent® Program introduced in 1975 was the first Community Safety Program available to residents. The Block Parent® Program hasn’t changed over the years and it remains as a Community Safety Program that people can participate in as time allows and not be burdened by meetings. We are part of the Block Parent® Program of Canada and Manitoba using the same window signs and the same operating standards. The Winnipeg Police Service, who conducts our Police checks, are also on our Board as our advisors. We have newly designed Block Parent® signs that are replacing all existing signs in the city. In Winnipeg we have around 2,500 dedicated Block Parent® volunteer homes. Becoming a Block Parent® will not disrupt a busy family schedule. Even if you can only display your sign for a few hours a week – that is still helpful. This is a program that is SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE and FREE.
Building blocks are various shapes and sizes of foam/sponge - what can you make? How high can you go? How inventive can you be?
Canadian Diabetes Association (Saturday and Sunday Only)
The Canadian Diabetes Association’s Community Engagement Team will be onsite to provide current diabetes information and to promote active and healthy living! Participants can also spin the Diabetes GPS wheel, answer a health related question and put their name in for a chance to win 1 of 3 prize packs! Saturday and Sunday watch out for our vegetable mascots!
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
Learn about the sea monsters that lived in Manitoba during the late Cretaceous period. Play the dino-toss game or reconstruct 3-D wooden dinosaur skeleton puzzles. Discover the excitement of digging for fossils in a specially constructed dig box. You can also examine real fossils and images from the past and explore pre-historic times with an educational activity booklet - free for everyone!
Chain of Fools
Make garlands and decorate the fences, trees and yourself!
Chalk It Up
Decorate the giant chalk boards or the cobblestones with your artistic creations!
Circus and Magic Partnership (C.A.M.P.)
A community-based initiative of the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival “Under the Big Top” - C.A.M.P. participants perform alongside the returning C.A.M.P. artist/instructors and help lead public workshops in circus and magic skills.
Clothespin Critters (Thursday and Friday Only)
It can be an animal, a bird or a person or whatever your imagination wants it to be. Personalize your clothespin with wings, eyes, arms or wherever fancy takes you.
Time to be silly! Ring throw, egg spoon races, bean bag toss, mini obstacle course, ball pit and just all-round fun.
A creative painting outlet for everyone. Never too early to express your inner artist.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Manitoba Chapter (Saturday Only)
The Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is a charity working on the forest conservation in Manitoba. One of our main focuses is on preservation of the boreal habitat of the threatened woodland caribou. There are an estimaged 2,500 woodland caribou left in the province and we strive to educate people about these creatures as a way to gain support for their protection!
Participating in various outreach opportunities this year, CPAWS aims to have Manitoba's youth represent Manitoba's herd through creating 2,500 images of woodland caribou that will be compiled and displayed once our goal is reached.
Crash, Clang & Rattle
Make some noise! Everything is an instrument – just play!
Embrace your inner superhero and create a cape that reflects your own super powers
Critter Dipping / La Chasse Aux Bibittes
Critter Dipping is a fun activity of discovery for children of all ages. Discover what creatures live in the murky water of ponds and wetlands. Let’s see how many critters you can find!
La chasse aux bibittes est une activité amusante qui permet aux enfants de tout âge à découvrir les insectes aquatiques qui vivent au fond des marais et étangs à l’aide d’un filet et d’une loupe. Voyons combien de “bibittes” vous pouvez trouver!
Discovery Toys - Teach. Play. Inspire.
Welcome to Discovery Toys, the source for building and nurturing creative thinkers. We strive to incorporate multiple Layers of Learning into our products that stimulate multiple centres in the brain simultaneously -- an experience that promotes both critical thinking AND open-ended imaginary play. Come join in the fun and learning!
Colour your own Dangles – the official Kidsfest mascot.
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ (Saturday and Sunday Only)
Find the giant bunny and puppy and help us put their “fur” on. Great fun to run through from tail to head and give them a “pet” while you make a wish.
Engineers Without Borders Workshop: Water Filter Activity (Saturday and Sunday Only)
By constructing their own water filters out of rudimentary materials, children learn of some of the technologies that are used in third world countries for water treatment and filtration. In addition, it helps to get the point across that clean drinking water is a privilege that we enjoy in Canada and not every country is as fortunate in having the same access to clean drinking water, and this results in disease sickness and death in many countries stricken with poverty.
During the activity the Children will be assigned a country and construct filters based off the resources available to that country, reflecting the GDP of that country. Using these resources, they will be able ‘purchase’ certain materials to construct filters and will test their ability to filter dirty water. Materials include, sand, gravel, cotton, and activated charcoal, plastic pop bottles, elastics, and cheesecloth. Level of detail in the message will be adjusted to accommodate younger audiences.
Through our interactive workshops, our goal is to make the great minds of tomorrow aware of some of the issues surrounding international development, and to encourage them to adopt a global perspective. Encouraging participants to be passionate about the need for change and equipping them with the tools to take the right actions.
Eye spy with my little eye - all the neat things in the container. How many can you see?
Be a lion, a dragon fly or a bunny. Our very dedicated volunteers will paint you up any way you like.
FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015
In preparation for hosting in June 2015 come visit and test your skills on the soccer pitch.
The special “topper” for the creative kid. Add some personality – glitter, paint, gems and feathers – nothing is too crazy for the top of your head.
Healthy Start for Mom & Me (Thursday and Friday Only)
Programs for pregnant moms and families with babies in/under first year of life to one. Playtime and parenting focused with a health edge.
Heart and Stroke - Helping Kids Live Well! (Thursday and Friday Only)
Join in the fun at the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s activity station! Come and learn about healthy eating choices through interactive games. Watch skipping demonstrations from the Jump Rope For Heart Demonstration Teams and get physical trying some skipping skills.
Kee No Say O
Join the animated storytellers at Kee No Say O, and find your inner animal! Actor-educators tell animal stories, then take you on a little adventure! Dress in the colourful animal costumes and enjoy a lively story!
It’s a percussion jam! Calling all babies, toddlers and preschoolers - come and explore our collection of instruments in a relaxed setting. You can also meet some of the Winnipeg teachers of the world’s most highly respected music and movement program for children birth to age 7.
Manitoba Baton Twirling Sportive Association (Sunday Only)
Baton twirling is a sport that combines twirling, tossing and catching batons with body movements incorporating dance and gymnastics. Stop by and learn some basic baton tricks like the two hand spin and figure eight twirl and watch baton twirling demonstrations.
Manitoba Dental Association - Tooth Fairy Saturday (Saturday Only)
A fun and friendly visit with qualified Dentists and a very special guest appearance by the Tooth Fairy.
MTS Future First Colouring Tent (Saturday Only)
Come and colour a picture of Morty!
Music for Young Children®
Visit our activity centre and discover the joy of MYC®!
We provide the best quality music education to young children by blending the pleasure and the joy of music making with sound instruction.
Creative noisemakers for all ages – drums, tambourines and maracas to play along with your favourite performers.
Oodles of Noodles
Tons of pool noodles for you to run through and hide in.
Paper Bag Puppets (Thursday and Friday Only)
Bunnies, bears, cats, frogs or dogs – all the creatures of your imagination just waiting to get out of the bag.
Take a trip through history with Parks Canada at the Variety Heritage Adventure Park. Join us for crafts, colouring and more, then journey through the Adventure Park! Scale the Fort Gibraltar walls, ride in the Red River Cart, or hop aboard The Countess of Dufferin train and imagine travelling across the sunny prairies.
Percussion Procession (Sunday Only at 4:15pm)
Join Mr. Mark and Washboard Hank at their “Found Sounds” workshop at Tent E in festival field – starting at 4:15 pm. He will be joined by special guests – including you!
Put on your festival finery, noisemakers and dancing feet and follow the pied pipers of percussion as they lead you to the grand finale in the main stage tent at 4:30 pm.
Say CHEESE! How crazy can you dress up with the various props and make silly, goofy faces?
(Please note that we will have a volunteer taking pictures at the Photo Booth and we will be posting them on our website and social media sites. If you do not wish to have your picture made public please just let the volunteer know. And of course you are more than welcome to take your own pictures - great opportunity to be part of our Candid Kids contest.)
Play with Clay
Play, mold, squish and giggle. Tons of creative fun for the child in all of us.
Prairie Exotics will have a number of their exotic critters on display for you to discover and enjoy. You can even touch a dragon or snake if you like. Come by to check out the interesting creatures and other things like shed skins, bones and more!
Rainbow Stage (Saturday Only)
Create your own Ariel and Flounder crafter characters, sing your favourite Little Mermaid song and have your photo taken.
Recycle Everywhere is Canada's first province-wide away from home beverage container recycling program. We've partnered with communities, schools, businesses, provincial parks, community centres and events throughout Manitoba. We help choose the best Recycle Everywhere bin for the space free of charge and partners bring the recovered beverage containers to a nearby recycler. Together with our partners, we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enabling new products to be made and reducing litter in the streets and parks.
RCMP (Thursday Only)
The Royal Canadian Mountain Police will be on-site answering questions about the force and handing out stickers and tattoos plus a guest appearance by their safety bear.
Tons and tons of fun with stamps in a wide variety of patterns and colours.
Stuff with Straws
What kind of fun things can you do with straws - pennants, rafts, end-to-end. Just be straw silly!
SunSense (Canadian Cancer Society) (Thursday and Friday Only)
SunSense bean bag toss with sun safety educational prizes including UV bead bracelets, Fortune Tellers and colouring pages.
The Tae Ryong Park Academy
The Tae Ryong Park Academy specializes in the Korean martial arts of Taekwondo and Hapkido. Over the years, it has become known as the place to be for martial arts and fitness instruction in Winnipeg. The Tae Ryong Park Taekwondo and Hapkido Academy was established in 1993 by a father and son team: Grand Master Deuk H. Park and Master Jae H. Park. Together with close to 100 years of experience in the martial arts they have created one of the leading Taekwondo and Hapkido schools in the world. Since its start, the Academy has been a very important part of the community helping members to keep fit and healthy as they train in the physical aspects of the martial arts as well as to help students to develop greater Confidence, Respect and Discipline.
The Tae Ryong Park Academy runs a variety of different martial arts programs for children as young as three years of age, for teens and for adults of all ages.
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Come visit the WAG art tent this summer and create a colourful multimedia masterpiece! Looking for inspiration? Check out our outdoor gallery featuring the artwork of 7 First Nations artists including Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Alex Janvier, Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray and Joseph Sanchez; all featured in the WAG's high-spirited summer exhibition, 7:Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.
What Is It?!?!?
Use your senses - touch, sight and sound to figure out what's in each bucket. Nothing to gunky or gooey - we promise!
Winnipeg Fire Department Fire Safety House
The Fire Safety House provides unique opportunities to teach a wide range of safety programs to the children and families attending the Festival including fire prevention and home escape techniques.
Winnipeg Police Service
The Community Relations Division of Winnipeg Police Service is on-site to interact and explain some of the many tasks that police officers perform.
Winnipeg Public Library Tent (Sunday Only)
TD-Summer Reading Club: “Eureka!”
The theme for TD-Summer Reading Club 2014 is “Eureka!” Discover books, stories and ideas to spark your creativity and inspire you to connect with other "makers and shakers". Visit the library tent: get creative with easy book-making crafts and relax with lots of great books to read.
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Children can participate in the Instrument Petting Zoo where they get the opportunity to touch and play the instruments of the orchestra. Also includes a craft station and musical activities.