The Whistler Children’s Festival is Back!

What’s on your Summer to- do list? Here in YVR we get rewarded for 9 months of grey & rain with 3 months of beautiful Summers full of heat & sunshine. Growing up I loved going on mini road trips with my family, hanging out at the beach, and spending as much time outside as I could. Another amazing thing about living on the west coast is the variety of amazing places we can visit simply by hopping in the car & driving for a few hours: the Okanagan, Tofino, and Whistler just to name a few.
If you’re wanting to do something close to home but still get away for a few days, Whistler is always a great option, even without the snow. For a family- friendly weekend event or getaway, make sure you check out the Whistler Children’s Festival this July 10th- 12th. Taking place at the Whistler Olympic Plaza right in the heart of the Whistler Village, The Whistler Children’s Festival is the longest running festival in the area and the only one organized just for kids. With a variety of things to do including live performances, workshops, crafts, and free activities, there will be something fun for everyone in the family to enjoy- even the grown ups!

Here’s just a few of the things you can look forward to:

Bear Paw Print T- Shirt Workshop (kids 6+)

Backyard Birdhouse Workshop (kids 8+)

Bubblemania (what kid doesn’t love bubbles???)

Circus Fungus (Friday Night Dance Party, featuring stilt walkers, fire dancers, puppeteers & more)

Bobs and Lolo (a fave with the littles!)

Laughing Out Loud with Kellie & Co (ventriloquist/ comedy show that looks adorable)

…. and so much more! Click here to see the complete list of activities, performances, & workshops and to register.

Festival Schedule:
July 10th- 12th
Friday 5pm- 8pm Dance Party
Saturday & Sunday 10am- 4pm

Adults (19+)- $10
Children- $5
Children 2 & under- FREE!

PLUS you can enter to win a VIP prize from the Whistler Arts Council that includes a trip to Whistler and tickets to the Whistler Children’s Festival!

The prize pack will include accommodation in Whistler during the festival weekend, complementary VIP entrance and creative workshops at the festival, a meal for two adults and two children at Dusty’s or Merlin’s courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb, a whitewater rafting tour for two from The Adventure Group, a ziplining adventure for two with Ziptrek, four complementary admissions to the Whistler Museum and four complementary admissions to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and a gift from ivivva by Lululemon, and an organic coffee gift package from the Whistler Roasting Company. Contest open from May 28th through June 24th.
Click here to enter!
To purchase tickets or to register for one of the great workshops, go to the Whistler Children’s Festival website. (When you register for a workshop your festival entry for that day is FREE and includes access to all of the live performances, roving entertainers, and free on- site activities). Make sure to check out the Whistler Art Council’s Facebook Page and find them on Instagram & Twitter to follow along with the excitement.
Photo Credit: Adam Taber
Disclosure: This post sponsored by the Whistler Arts Council

June posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting

Wooden Easter Egg DIY with Natural Earth Paint

A few weeks back I shared this post featuring Natural Earth Paint and their Petite Children’s Earth Paint Kit. We had a fun, messy, art- filled afternoon trying out their natural, non- toxic, & eco- friendly paints and I’m glad to have found a company that offers quality art supplies that are chemical free (I love DIY & artsy activities, but don’t want to worry about what’s in the products being used, especially with a toddler who inevitably will end up with her fingers in her mouth 😉 ). 
With Easter just around the corner I wanted to share a fun DIY that’s a twist on a classic: dying eggs. 
We’re all familiar with the dye kits you can get at the grocery store complete with vibrant dye pellets. Growing up, it was something I always looked forward to at Easter time, and I remember my Mum trying different tactics to make the eggs last more than a day; we usually hard- boiled them, and one year we even hollowed some raw eggs with a needle. But sadly eggs only stay good for a few days before you have to chuck ’em out, and I was always sad to see my Easter project go in the garbage (inevitably the fragile hollowed- out eggs suffered the same fate, since they were so delicate and got cracked). Plus I’m not sure about what goes into those dyes, and I’m not too excited about how they stain fingers, clothes, and any unprotected surfaces. Since this is Ari’s first Easter where she’ll be able to enjoy some of the crafts and Easter egg hunts, I wanted to find a toddler- friendly DIY we could enjoy that wouldn’t end up in the trash. Enter wooden Easter eggs!  
Natural Earth Paint offers a kit including 6 2″ wooden eggs plus 6 colours of Earth Paint (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, & white) that you can decorate and keep long after Easter is over (I think they’d also make cute Christmas tree decorations, just add a string/ ribbon). I thought this was a fun alternative to the traditional dye kits, and since they’re wood you don’t have to worry about little hands having to be fragile with them.

Here’s what the wooden egg kit looks like:

I couldn’t wait to have another artsy afternoon with Ari and make a big mess. For the paints, I mixed them up in a cupcake container so they wouldn’t spill as easily (plus it worked as a place to chorale the eggs & for drying after), popped some paint brushes on the table and let them at it (to see what the paint colours look like before and after mixing them up, check out my post featuring the Petitie Children’s Paint Kit here). 
I invited one of my girlfriends over with her little man to join in the fun and it was hilarious helping these two bumpkins decorate their first Easter eggs.We opted to let the kids paint in just their diapers to avoid any extra messes and since paint got everywhere this was a good decision (Ari decided her tummy was an excellent canvas 😉 ).  
Let the fun begin!

Easter fun in progress!

…And the finished product!

When the kids were finished with painting, the clean up was as simple as wiping everything down with soap and warm water, no staining and no scrubbing necessary (except for Ari who needed a post- DIY bath to wash her now- blue belly button!). I love that we’ll have these eggs for as long as we want to keep them, and can redecorate them every year if we want. It will also be cute to see how Ari decorates them each year as she grows up. If you’ve been looking for a fun Easter DIY to do with your kids, this kit is a great idea. Thank you to Natural Earth Paint for giving us two enjoyable afternoons filled with artsy, DIY fun! 

Natural Earth Paint offers a variety of other natural art supplies for kids in their Eco Kids product line- including paint kits and face paint- and fine art supplies for adults.

To learn more about Natural Earth Paint & to order your own wooden egg kit, visit their website & find them on Facebook & Twitter. 

Product featured in this post:
Wooden Eggs Craft Kit- $15.95 USD
Product Features:
Sustainable FSC certified wood from the Pacific Northwest
100% non- toxic tempura- style paint

Disclosure: I received free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Photos by K Petrunia; logo courtesy of Natural Earth Paint

March posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting

Getting Artsy with Natural Earth Paint {& Review}

I’m always on the hunt for natural & eco- friendly products to replace existing ones our family uses. As Ari gets older and I start thinking about the kinds of activities I want to do with her, I know that I want to include creative things including crafts, painting, etc (see my post on Curiosity Box Crafts here).  I’ve been on the hunt to see what products are out there that are safe & chemical- free for kids- especially since something like paint is going get on her skin (and probably go in her mouth!). I came across Natural Earth Paint a few months ago and was instantly excited. Their kid- friendly products are non- toxic, natural & chemical free, and eco- friendly (the packaging is biodegradable- even the plastic bags- are recyclable).
The company sent me the Petite Children’s Earth Paint Kit  to try out and I couldn’t wait to make an artsy mess with Ari. This kit contains 6 packets of powdered paint & mixing cups.

The paint powder contains 2 ingredients: natural earth pigments & organic milk protein; the company also offers a new vegan kit that contains earth pigments, corn starch & gum Arabic. Each kits contains 6 colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and brown. You can also purchase additional colours individually if you like (purple, white, black). 

Here’s what the paint looks like:

I followed the instructions & mixed the paint powder 1:1 with water to achieve tempura- style paint, (you can add more water if you’d like watercolour- style paint). It took about 30 seconds- 1 minute to get each of the paints mixed (Tip: mix only as much as you need for one painting session; you can refrigerate leftovers for 4- 7 days).

The colours are beautiful & vibrant- especially considering there are no artificial dyes in them:

We started off giving Ari the cups to finger paint with and she LOVED it… especially when Will joined in!

Then we decided to give her some paintbrushes just for fun to see how that would go…
She decided two were better than one! 😉
 Ariana & Daddy enjoyed making a big mess…

… Then the photographer (Mom) became the canvas! (Added bonus: the paint wipes off skin really easily- perfect for when you’re trying to wash little hands)

We enjoyed a fun afternoon as a family creating a big mess. And as predicted, Ari got paint- covered hands all over her face- and in her mouth!- and I didn’t have to worry since the paints are non- toxic and natural. After trying out the paint I also appreciated how easy clean up is- simply rinse out the cups with warm water (no soap needed) or put the left over paint in the fridge to use for your next art session. However like most other paints it will stain clothes, so make sure you wear clothes you’re not afraid to get messy & painted on. We still have plenty of paint left for several more artistic afternoons and since you can save leftovers it does go a long way. I would definitely recommend you try out Natural Earth Paint with your kids, especially if you’ve been looking for a natural, eco- friendly option. 

The company offers a variety of other natural art supplies for kids in their Eco Kids product line- such as egg- dying kits (feature & review coming soon!) and face paint- and fine art supplies for adults.

To learn more about Natural Earth Paint & check out their products, visit their website & find them on Facebook & Twitter. 

Product featured in this post:
Petite Children’s Earth Paint Kit, $19.95 USD
Product Features:
100% non- toxic tempura- style paint

Disclosure: I received free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

February posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting

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