Family Programming

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FUN for the whole FAMILY!

FAMILY FUN ZONE HOURS 

Friday June 20 from 5pm to 8pm (limited programming –as noted)

Saturday June 21 & Sunday June 22 from 10am to 7pm

Native Women’s Association of Canada’s Faceless Dolls Project 

facelessdolls_size1The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is launching their Faceless Dolls Project – A collection of 600 felt dolls that honour missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Come visit the NWAC tent where you can view the Faceless Dolls exhibit and honour Aboriginal women and girls by making your own paper Faceless Doll to take home.  For more information please visit: http://www.nwac.ca

BodyZorbs by Funatorium Explorium

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChildren will love to try the FREE BodyZorbs by Funatorium Explorium. They will laugh, smash, slam, race, bounce, twist and roll in the fun sumo-like inflatables. BodyZorbs will be at the festival on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-7:00pm. Ages 6+

The Jumpaï (Bungee Trampoline Acrobatics) by Mega Animation

jumpai_size1Mega Animation offers a larger than life experience that will give you thrills like you’ve never experienced before! Composed of 4 independent ground trampolines topped with a metal stainless steel structure, the jumper is strapped in with a harness attached to elastic that allows you to jump, flip and have fun in a completely safe way. The activity is supervised by trained staff at all times. Come and try the Jumpaï for FREE at the festival on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-7:00pm.

 

Bouncy Castle and Face Painting 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo festival is complete without some face painting! We will be offering traditional Inuit-style face painting for kids of all ages! A guaranteed kid pleaser – Friday through Sunday!

Big Sky Animal Sanctuary Animal Display

bigsky_size1Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary is the only non-kill Sanctuary of its kind in Eastern Ontario. Big Sky Ranch believes that all animals deserve a second chance without a time limit. We are proud to host Big Sky Animal Sanctuary and help them meet their goals of rehabilitating abused or injured animals. Come out and meet some of their friendly animals on display on Friday from 5:00pm-8:00pm and on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-7:00pm.

Grand Prix Breeders Pony Rides

grandprix_size1Grand Prix Breeders Equestrian Centre will be providing pony rides for FREE at the festival on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-6:00pm. http://grandprixbreeders.com/

Stiltwalkers

stiltwalkers_size1We are pleased to have stilt walkers from the Ottawa Stilt Union return to our festival this year. Interacting with guests as they traverse the festival grounds, they will be wearing beautiful traditional regalia and are happy to pose for photos. http://ottawastiltunion.ca

Native Vision Productions

NVP ImageNative Vision Productions (NVP) is an aboriginal collective created by two young Anishinawbek artists, Isaac Weber & Nyle Johnston.   They focus on both Anishinawbek spirit art and modern contemporary art and use whatever medium is on hand including large canvases, murals and the city’s landscape. You are invited to not only admire their craft, but join in the creation of art Friday through Sunday.

Métis Games

As children of the fur-trade, the Métis developed their own culture. The Métis people have gained a reputation for their competiveness in all activities of work and play. Come and experience fun Métis games at the festival including the 20lb. Sack Carry, Poison Circle and Crab Tug of War on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-7:00pm.

Kehewin Native Dance Theatre present: 

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  • “Feel the Heartbeat” Music Workshops
  • Hoop Dancing Workshops
  • Storytelling Corner

Kehewin Native Dance Theatre have been entertaining and dazzling audiences across Canada and around the world for 21 years.    Join in their interactive and hands on workshops where you can play songs with traditional drums & rattles, learn the basics of hoop dancing and listen to some amazing legends of creation and trickster from across Turtle Island.   Saturday and Sunday only.

NiiPii (Water) /Asinabka Film Festival preview  

A one hour family friendly screening of short films, based on the theme of Water and including 8 films in different genres ie Experimental, Drama, Documentary presented by the Asinabka Film Festival celebrating Indigenous arts in Algonquin territory.  Films include:  Mayang, Micta, Wapawekka, Niipii, Let’s Move, Blocus 138, Sakitakwin and Estuary.

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