This year, thanks to support from the Ontario Arts Council, Stewart Park Festival is again presenting two free children’s shows at a special off-site venue.
Set aside from the main stage at the Studio Theatre, these shows offer an opportunity to get out of the sun at its peak and a chance for little ones to experience a theatre setting, quite aside from the excitement of seeing a live performance especially for kids! Saturday, July 18 features Rock the Arts Puppets, while Sunday July 19 features Al Simmons.
“We love how the humans look in the audience.”
— Ned the Puppet
Rock the Arts are a fun bunch of puppets! Back from a recent cross-Canada tour, they promise an exciting blend of music and comedy. Sarah Argue, the troupe’s human member, is an Ottawa-based puppeteer. Fun for the whole family, and sure to charm puppetry fans of all ages. Sarah will also be conducting some hands-on puppet activities in the park after the show.
Al Simmons is a legend in children’s entertainment, but he is sure to entertain the kid in all of us. Combining the wit of Tom Lehrer with the wackiness of a rubber duck and a creativity all his own, Al Simmons is justifiably beloved by generations of children and their parents. Don’t miss this chance to see a main stage performer up close in the Studio Theatre.
In addition to the family shows, we are also offering an all-ages workshop for kids aged 4 to 94, Saturday, July 18th at 10:00 in the Studio Theatre. Presented in partnership with the Perth and District Union Public Library, story-and-song session involves a story book by Dave Gunning, These Hands. Participants will hear the story, learn the song and a simple harmony part with Dave Gunning and Tara MacKenzie. There will also be an opportunity to join Dave on stage to sing the song later in the day.
Activities In and Around The Park
We continue to offer fabulous kids’ activities in the Park as well. Children’s games and activities in the Kids’ Area are being run by Taycare Children’s Centres, and they’ve promised a full slate of fun!
Of course, a day in the Park remains a great way for families to enjoy themselves, and enjoy music for all ages. This year, the playground across the street from the park has been renovated, and the play structure looks like fun.
As always, our lineup provides plenty of opportunities for dancing and relaxing. So pack a picnic, don’t forget your sunscreen, and come on down for some fabulous family fun at the Festival!