Kids get ready 

Register early for Whistler Children's Art Festival workshops

What: Whistler Children’s Art Festival

When: July 15-16

Where: Creekside

Fees: $3-$6

You might have come across Michael Komick’s handiwork at last year’s Whistler Farmers’ Market, and if you didn’t kids have a chance to learn about the art of wood carving at Komick’s Paddle Carving Workshop, one of more than 90 classes offered at the Whistler Children’s Art Festival July 15 and 16 at Creekside.

"I’ll tell them about the wood and give them a basic idea about carving," said Komick from his Maple Ridge home. "My wife and I have been coming up to the festival for the past three years. It’s always a fun weekend."

So much fun that festival workshops sell out immediately. Officials recommend people sign up for classes as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Registry runs Monday, July 10 to Wednesday, July 12.

Workshops include everything from T-shirt printing and breakdancing to magic and drumming. Music, theatre, dance, photography and art workshops are available for children three to nine years old Saturday and Sunday.

To register, call 604-938-9221 from Monday to Wednesday between 1 and 4 p.m. Mastercard or Visa accepted. People can also register by dropping by the Whistler Arts Council located between Lot 1/9 and Marketplace.

Festival volunteers are also needed. Contact info@whistlerartscouncil.com or 604-938-9221.

Theatre/storytelling

Feel the thundering of African drums and learn what it’s like to grow up in Africa with stories and crafts in Liz Blomkamp’s Amazing Africa workshop Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 1-2 p.m. Classes for 3-7 year olds. Workshop $3.

Children’s entertainer and television personality Art Napoleon will share the legends of First Nations peoples in First Nations Storytelling Saturday from11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Workshop $4.

Learn how to mystify family and friends with the hocus pocus of Tony "Zany Zack" Kazoleas who will share the secrets of magic in the Magic workshop Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. Classes for 7-9 year olds. Workshop $4.

Listen to stories then transform into a colourful creature for a critter conga through the festival in the Nylon Zoo workshop with Angela Brown, the Ta Daa lady Saturday 10-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-2 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Workshop $5.

Dance

Learn to spin on your head with the best of them with a Breakdance workshop from Soul Funktion Dance Studio’s Aaron Webb Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. for kids 5-7 years old and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for kids 7-9 years old. Workshop $5.

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