Festival creates learning opportunities for kids

Story by Patricia Merrick


Photos by Airdrie Children's Festival

Spring 2024

Kids will enjoy hands-on opportunities to get creative and start thinking about their future at the seventh annual Airdrie Children’s Festival this spring.

The event takes place at Nose Creek Park May 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include a variety of events mostly geared towards age 14 and under, says Tara Levick, chair of the Airdrie Children’s Festival Society.

“The entire purpose is to bring the community together for a free family fun event where children can come and learn something new, experience something that they might not have experienced before, be entertained, have fun and just celebrate being a kid,” says Levick.

The two-day event will include activities, carnival games and entertainment. There will also be inspiration stations where local businesses and organizations will provide educational opportunities for kids to learn hands-on about different jobs and industries.

“The whole concept behind the inspiration stations is really getting kids to think outside the box and get them to think, hmm, maybe I do want to be an electrician one day, maybe I do want to go work at the zoo, maybe I do want to go work at the public library,” says Levick. “It’s just getting them thinking a little bit differently about their future and the skills that they could attain.”

There will also be offsite workshops at participating local businesses where kids can see the work in action. The children’s fest is free to attend and those interested can sign up for activities prior to the event. Levick says the Society is always looking for sponsorships and volunteers to help put on the event.

“We just really want this community event to be successful,” she says.

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