Loving the Place I Live - Vancouver International Children's Festival

Everyone once in a while Gabrielle at DesignMom asks for submissions for a post that she calls "loving the place I live". It's a wonderful opportunity to not only showcase one of your own favourite spots in your hometown, but to read about other places that you just might visit someday. Think of it as an insider's guide.
   
I have done a few now - one on Granville Island here and one on Mount Seymour over there. And here is another one. I think you'll enjoy it.
   
Like most people, weekends around here are family time for us. We spend time together doing active things like biking and swimming and walking and a playground or two. And we also try to find something artsy to do as well.
   
You already know that I find any kind of theater inspiring. And just as much if not more, I love taking my six year old daughter to live theater. I want to share my love for it with her. This past weekend it was the 35th Annual Vancouver International Children's Festival. Perfect.
   
   
The festival takes place in the middle of the city on Granville Island (I introduced you to it over here). Venues range from small tents to established bricks-and-mortar theaters. All within walking distance along the water. We even sailed around the harbour on a boat while watching a version of Little Red Riding Hood!
   
   
The acts are perfectly pitched to various age groups from the littles to the bigger ones. Think 3-10 years of age. I really appreciate that because there is nothing worse than taking your kid to something that is a bit over their head, whether in theme or developmental stage.
   
   
The whole island was in on the fun. In between shows we wandered through various tents and food stalls. Giant fish on stilts and butterflies entertained us.
   
   
   
We saw the Puppet and its Double Theater perform the Happy Prince. As it is a Taiwanese theater company, the show was primarily in Mandarin. And despite having very little English narration, the puppetry was so skillful that it was easy to follow the action.
   
They used many different kinds of puppets - hand puppets, string puppets, rod puppets, table-top puppets, shadow puppets, and both puppet and actor on the same stage. 
   
This will give you a small taste of what we saw.
   

 

 

We've gone to this festival ever since the girl was old enough at attend and we will be back again next year. How about where you live? Do you have a children's theater? If we visit where you live, where should we go?