There’s something exciting coming to Sherwood Park – and it just might be your easy answer to ‘What are we going to do today?’ in the last month of summer – and your last month of entertaining the kids. Between August 5th and 20th, you can celebrate Canada 150 under The Chautauqua Tent just outside of Festival Place with free family activities daily and ticketed evening performances (hello, date night!).
A Chautauqua Tent is a traveling institution from early 20th Century Canada. This two week event features daily cultural activities and recreational opportunities. All morning and afternoon activities are FREE. Evening performances require tickets which can be purchased through Festival Place.
Kid-Friendly Events at the Chautauqua Tent
Teddy Bear Picnic | August 7, 10 am
Teddy bears, face-painting and more! Bring your teddy bears and lets have some fun! It’s a great way to kick off the celebrations for the Chautauqua tent, and learn more about the programming, the history and the community.
Watch a Science Demonstration | August 6, 2 pm
A bit of this and that… ‘So This is Science’ aims to spark the imagination and a desire for learning. Participate in a variety of demonstrations for the “fun of science.”
See a Circus Performance | August 6, 7:30 pm
Masterful Juggler & Comedian Aytahn Ross and Mesmerizing Magician Ryan Pilling LIVE onstage under the big top at Festival Place, featuring the energized Under the Big Top Youth Ensemble. Immerse yourself in a circus variety show for kids of all ages! Click on the event for ticket purchase information!
Owl and Bug Presentation | August 9, 10 am
John Acorn will give a presentation on insects complete with a song. In addition, you can bring the kids to see an owl presentation, where Gord Court will be bringing in an Owl and talking a little bit about the Alberta bird and wildlife population.
Learn to Weave | August 9th, 12 pm
Join the Spinners and Weavers for an introduction to weaving class for kids. This is a fun and interactive way for the kids to get some hands on time with textiles.
Games Galore | August 12, 10 am
The large dinosaur puzzle as well as the large backyard games include, ker-plunk, jenga, connect 4, bean bag toss and X’s and O’s. Beyond Board Games will be providing an assortment of games for families to enjoy!
Puppet Workshop | August 17, 10 am
Young Festival Place performers offer a workshop in puppet building and performance. Materials will be available.
Under the Sea Music Class | August 18th, 12 pm
Join Little Mozarts for UNDER THE SEA group music classes at the Chautauqua Tent this August! Get ready for deep-water exploring with Mozart the Monkey , dancing to the music with movement scarves and parachute, all while learning to play small instruments like rhythm sticks, shakers, bells and drums
Take a Ukelele Class | August 18, 1 pm
The Ukelele Is the friendliest instrument in the world to play and rapid progress will motivate you to pick it up and learn. Ukeleles will be available for you to give it a try!2pm-3pm: Ukelele Circle. Jam in an Ukelele circle with established players and fellow novices. Bring your own Ukelele or use one we provide!
Family Fun Day | August 20
There will be a Penny Carnival, Giant dinosaur puzzles, chalk drawing, stilt walkers and life size-board games available throughout the day for the whole family to take part in
All of the activities through the day are free, but some require parents to register ahead of time. Register early in the festival to save your spot! See the full calendar of events, here.
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