The magic is about to begin! The Ottawa Children’s Festival starts tomorrow, May 10, and run through Sunday, May 14, at LeBreton Flats Park.
The live shows are taking place in outdoor tents and in the Canadian War Museum. In addition, there will be performances at the Canadian Museum of History Theatre and at the La Nouvelle Scene.
The performance schedule includes Africa Land Circus, featuring music and dance, A Heart in Winter, a puppet theatre adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen, Canadian fiddling phenom Ashley MacIsaac, I on the Sky, Katena Luminarium, Tetris, The Man Who Planted Trees, Wanted, and Waves: All that Glows Sees.
On-site activities include rock climbing, an instrument petting zoo, the inflatable Mobile Archery Range and the Puppets Up! Workshop.
As part of the festivities, on May 10 Mega Construx™ and ten “Beyonders” from across Canada will unveil a giant interactive monument made of close to one million Mega bricks.
Through its Build Beyond campaign, Mega Construx™ is hoping to inspire children to build a better world. To that end, the brand called on kids to submit stories about how they have helped bring their communities together or have made people feel welcome and accepted – in other words, how they have helped ‘Build Beyond™’.
The 10 Beyonders are kids with big imaginations whose stories help us see beyond our differences. Via the national contest, they won a trip to Ottawa to help build the Mega Construx™ monument with a Master Builder.
The monument, made of almost one million Mega bricks, is a physical representation of the winning Beyonders’ stories. It’s inspired by how children see peace and unity in the world. The Beyonders include Ottawa’s own Cade M.
The special unveiling at 1 Vimy Place is just one of many wonderful events, activities and happenings at this year’s fest. In fact, the Ottawa Children’s Festival has been presenting live performing arts for children since 1985. The annual celebration features programming from around the world and it’s geared to children aged two to 15, as well as their families, caregivers, schools and community groups.