Arts Activities

Come out for some fun art activities. Some activities require a wristband and some are free to join.
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Prospera Credit Union Craft Zone

Come craft with us! Make your very own paper bag and streamer wind sock to fly in the sky. Stickers, color tissue paper and felt pens are just a few of the items available to construct your unique creation. Join us for a zone of fun and laughter, and take home a beautiful craft that you can enjoy all summer.  


Wristband required activities

Use your Arts Activity wristband (available with show ticket purchase) to join all of these Arts Activities for all 3 days of the Surrey Children's International Festival.

Arts Umbrella onsite activity "Be Moved"

Arts Umbrella is back with another creative activity that will inspire kids of all ages to Be Moved!  Join our theatre instructors as they lead children through an 30 minute engaging theatre sports activity. Be Moved!

Thursday & Friday: 9:15, 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:30, 1:15, 2:00

Saturday: 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30, 4:30, 5:15, 6:00, 6:45

Created and presented by Arts Umbrella.

Girl spinning a plate at the Big Top Circus tent

Big Top Circus Fun

Join the ringmaster and circus performers and explore the wonderful world of Circus Arts! Learn how to keep all of your balls in the air at our juggling station and look at the world from a pair of stilts.

 Boy creating festival props at the Celebration Arts tent

Celebration Arts

Presented by The Surrey Leader and Peach Arch News.

Our crew of arts-elves will work with children to create festival props to celebrate their visit to the Festival. Be a part of the magic!

 Volunteer leading kids at the clay moulding station

Clay Arts

Play with clay! Children develop small motor skills and imaginations as they sculpt their masterpieces.

 Children doing cut-out animation

Cut/Move/Snap Animation Activity

Brought to the Festival in partnership with Reel 2 Real Youth Film Society. Thrill your students’ minds with the production of their own animated short film sequence using cut-out materials. Students won't want to leave. Watch the animated films created:  2015 Festival on Friday, 2015 Festival on Saturday and the 2016 Festival!

 Boy with his face painted to be Spiderman at the face paint station

Face Paint Station

Be transformed at the Face Paint Station. Add colour to the Festival and your own personal canvas. Experiment with colour, have fun and get your Festival face on!

Hand painting at the Mehndi Station

Mehndi Station

Treat yourself to the beauty of traditional henna art. You won't recognize yourself!

Child playing a yellow piano

Music Station

Piano, marimbas and music oh my!  Drop by our music station to try making beautiful music on our marimbas or piano.

Nylon Zoo

Enter into the mouth of the Whale and have an adventurous good time!  Storytelling and make believe, all inside a giant inflatable whale!

Words Poet's Zone! on paper

Poet's Zone

Found Poetry

Become a poet before you know it!  Participants will create poems with award winning children’s author Lori Sherritt-Fleming. Using nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs for inspiration, cut, paste and compose original poems on the spot! Take home your masterpiece or display it in the Poet’s Zone Gallery!  Fun for the whole family and suitable for all ages!

Erasure Poetry

Drop by and create black-out poetry with Surrey's Poet Laureate Renée Sarojini Saklikar. Using felt pens and used books donated by Surrey Libraries, create poetry by marking out words and passages! This activity will be available on Thursday, May 25 during:

  • 10:00 - 10:30am
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm


Beautiful work with gorgeous designs. Take part in this ancient art form in the Surrey Arts Centre Courtyard.

World Music Dance Party

DJ Su Comandante & Ndidi Cascade (from the Metaphor Crew) are stirring up a dance party! Come listen and dance to hip hop, breaks and World Music played by DJ Su Comandante, and learn some flash mob dance moves from Ndidi Cascade Thursday & Friday at 9:30, 10:30, 12:00, 1:00 and Saturday 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:30, 3:30 & 4:30!  Saturday at 5:30 join World Music Dance Party guest artist, Professor Banjo, for a special square dance World Music mash-up Dance Party!!


Free arts activities

Prospera Credi Union logo

Prospera Credit Union Craft Zone

Come craft with us! Make your very own paper bag and streamer wind sock to fly in the sky. Stickers, color tissue paper and felt pens are just a few of the items available to construct your unique creation. Join us for a zone of fun and laughter, and take home a beautiful craft that you can enjoy all summer. 

 Girls at the Chalk Arts activity.

Chalk Arts

Practice your creativity on a large scale, become a chalk artist.Get guided by our Artist and volunteers on the skills used in creative large scale designs, or just have fun and doodle yourself an image.

 Girl in the giant sandbox

Giant Sandbox Presented by Surrey Parks

Giant Sandboxes are always a hit for children to explore building, destroying and generally mucking about! Bring your imaginations as the toys are ready for the picking.

People posing in front of a church

Heritage Hang-out

Join the Surrey Museum, Historic Stewart Farm and Surrey Archives for hands-on heritage crafts & activities, and a then and now photo matching game!

People smiling with plants

Nature Play Presented by the Surrey Nature Centre

Discover art in nature - come to our activity and get hands-on with cones, rocks, tree cookies and more to create a masterpiece that will change and grow over the course of the festival! This activity is part of Surrey’s Environmental Extravaganza– bring your passport to our tent on Saturday for your stamp.

 Leader with group at People to People Playworkers activity

The Amazing Cardboard Kingdom

Engage in fun, physical and imaginative free-play. Create a giant Balloon monster, a cardboard city you never know what else these rulers of the Cardboard Kingdom have in store!

Garden Labyrinth

Presented by Landscape Operations & Park Partnerships

Smell, see, listen and feel your way through Surrey’s Garden Labyrinth.  Move through fragrant flowers, whispering leaves, buzzing insects, brilliant blooms, and intriguing textures.  Learn about other garden parks to explore.

 Two girls playing in the preschool tent

Preschool Playzone

Presented by Surrey Community and Recreation Services.

The responsive curriculum of the Preschool PlayZone focuses on all areas of healthy child development: social, emotional, physical, creative and cognitive. It is our hope to inspire exploration, critical thinking, creativity and community.

 Storytelling Tent

Storytelling Tent

Presented by Surrey Libraries. Visit our storytelling tent for free.

Puppets, songs and stories from around the world will inspire imaginations and delight children of all ages. Check out the storytelling schedule for times and details.

Surrey Fire Service memb er with a child at the Children's Festival

Surrey Fire Service

Presented by the Surrey Fire Service.

Firefighters to the rescue! Meet Surrey's brave and skilled Firefighters at this educational and interactive tent. Where safety comes first!