Magician and entertainer, Matt Johnson, will be performing during the Chilliwack Children’s Arts Festival. (Submitted photo)

New location for Chilliwack Children’s Arts Fest

Imaginative art, magic, and live entertainment abound at the Chilliwack Children’s Arts Festival

Art and magic collide this weekend as the Chilliwack Community Arts Council presents the Chilliwack Children’s Arts Festival at the new location of Tzeachten Community Centre.

The festival returns with its vibrant mix of creative, hands-on activities, balloon art, live entertainment, and an exciting new magic show evening to light up young imaginations.

Getting the party started on Friday, Sept. 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., world-renowned magician and entertainer, Matt Johnson, will dazzle children and parents alike with his signature Marvellous MagicShow2Go illusions. Tricking the mind with hilarious results, audiences will be both amazed and amused as Johnson shares his highly interactive, fast-paced performance tailored to all ages. Following the excitement, guests will delight in delicious pizza.

Continuing the non-stop creative fun, the festival offers a further full day of activities and entertainment on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No longer donning his magician’s hat, Matt Johnson will rejoin the festivities as The Cool Balloon Guy to capture imaginations with his awe-inspiring balloon twisting art.

Bringing the beat, the Tim Sars Trio will have everyone up and dancing to their tunes, while the Ever After Princesses and pirates will be enchanting one-and-all with their captivating sing-along performances and warm personalities. Rounding out the performers, the larger-than-life characters from NZR Productions will be roaming the hall, brimming with humour and whimsy.

Highlighting the festival, a myriad of hands-on make-and-take craft activities, from mixed media creations to one-of-a-kind block prints, will be offered throughout Saturday to keep little hands busy. Embracing the theme of “artistic recycling,” each imagination station will feature crafts created using recycled and found objects. In the spirit of community collaboration, the projects will be coordinated by the enthusiastic, community-minded team of students from the Sardis secondary Key Club.

Sharing knowledge and the fun of their craft, fellow community groups will take part in the festival. The Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild will have live spinning and weaving demonstrations and opportunities for young artists to try their hand at fibre art, while other groups will entertain with their own art and nature themed activities.

Adding to the interactive art creation, little artists will love the wearable artwork offered by talented face painters, and the masterful team behind Colours of Henna.

The Chilliwack Children’s Arts Festival runs Sept. 22 and 23 at Tzeachten Community Centre (45855 Promontory Road).

Tickets for the Friday, Sept. 22 Marvellous MagicShow2Go are $10 per person; both parents and children must have a ticket. Admission to the Saturday, Sept. 23 festival day are $10 per child or $35 for a group of four children. Saturday admission is free for parents and guardians.

Tickets are on sale online through, in-person at the Chilliwack Community Arts Council (20-5725 Vedder Rd.), or over the phone by calling 604-769-2787.

Tickets will also be on sale at the door of Tzeachten Community Centre on Saturday, Sept. 23.


The fanciful flower pot craft station at the Chilliwack Children’s Arts Festival. (Submitted photo)

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