UPDATE: June 12
Video: Douglas Farrow.
Children at the annual Fat Cat Children’s Festival get their hands dirty with clay, paint and sand as they make their way around the booths.
Elementary school children made their way to the 27th annual event, Friday at Waterfront Park.
One teacher from Christian Heritage School had the joy of seeing her students grow up and attend the festival.
She has been attending for the past seven years.
“They love it, there are so many different stations and lots of learning experiences too with the sciences and learning about other cultures,” said teacher Sherly Gom.
Her favourite part is allowing the students to explore new things.
The weather has been better than previous years, she said, and she enjoys seeing the kids grow up.
“Each stage of life is so different, all the things they can do, they’re more independent now, whereas in Grade 1 you’re a teacher, you’re like a mom or a grandma,” she said.
Throughout Friday and Saturday, artist director Dorothee Birker said she expects to see around 10,000 people.
“There’s somebody that has the opportunity with their class to work with clay. Families may not be able to afford to do that,” she said. “There’s interactive learning going on.”
Students visited the festival for a day of clay making, art workshops, hula hooping, face painting and more. The festival continues Saturday, June 9 with a parade at 10 a.m. on Richter and Cawston.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $5 a person or $15 for a family of four.