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Kid-friendly weekend in Whistler



Whistler’s favourite family festival returns for its 25 th year, and the Whistler Children’s Art Festival promises to be better than ever, offering a fully stocked lineup of workshops, activities and entertainment to impress kids and parents alike.

This year’s event boasts favourite past workshops, like the bear paw print T-shirts, fairy and gnome houses, and patio stones, alongside some new, environmentally-friendly activities, like solar power sail cars.

Entertainers range from the musical to simply magical. Bobs & Lolo, regular entertainers at the Vancouver Aquarium, bilingual children’s singer and songwriter, Will Stroet, Chris Hamilton and the Sticky Jam Band and Vancouver’s The Inner Ring Circus are just a few of the talented acts taking the stage over the course of the weekend.

The festival takes place on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Creekside. Entry is $5 per child and by donation for adults, with an additional fee of $4 to $8 for some of the workshops. Visit www.whistlerartscouncil.com to register ahead of time, or to see a detailed schedule of the workshops and events.


Big screen in the great outdoors


Load up the car with snacks and blankets, pile in and head up to Base II next week for an old-school style cinematic experience.

Whistler’s Late & Unique Nighttime Alternatives (LUNA), Sharp’s Audio Visual and Whistler-Blackcomb’s Club Shred are setting up a drive-in theatre on Blackcomb mountain, showing an Aussie favourite, “The Castle,” a PG-rated film riddled with stereotypical Australian slang and humour. It won the Australian Film Industry’s Best Original Screenplay Award in 1997 and was the audience favourite at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

Popcorn girls and a sausage sizzle will lend an authentic air to the event, which takes place on Wednesday, July 9. The gates open at 8 p.m. and the film will start at 9 p.m. Entry is $8 per person or $20 per car. There will also be limited seating available for pedestrian viewers. Seating and parking will be on a first come, first served basis, and advance tickets can be purchased at the Whistler Employment Resource Centre. If it rains, the event will be rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 5.


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