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Get a creative workout at Surrey Children’s Festival

Annual family event takes place May 26-28.

It’s time to exercise – not necessarily just your body, but your creativity.

The Surrey Children’s Festival is fast approaching and this year, organizers are encouraging residents to “Get Arts Active.”

We’ve all heard that 30 minutes of exercise a day makes for a fit body, but how any minutes do we commit to creative expression to keep our minds toned?

The three-day festival, now in its 7th year, features live shows and hands-on activities sure to stretch those creative muscles.

Once again, there will be a clay arts, world rhythm movement and circus and storytelling tents for kids of all ages to train their imaginations.

And numerous ticketed performances feature local, national and international performing and visual artists presenting everything from musical entertainment to puppetry and string-art shows.

The festival began as a millennium project in 2000, but was brought back as an annual event in 2005. It now draws thousands of kids and families to Bear Creek Park each spring.

New this year is a youth circus troupe called Cirque Surrey, who will show their juggling and stilt-walking abilities in their roving performances daily.

More than 250 volunteers also help make the event a success. Thursday and Friday volunteer opportunities are still available. Those interested can contact Joanne Simmers at JSimmers@surrey.ca or call 604-598-5865.

The 7th-Annual Surrey Children’s Festival takes place May 26-28 at the Surrey Arts Centre on the grounds of Bear Creek Park near King George Boulevard and 88 Avenue.

For more information and a full lineup of performers, check http://www.surrey.ca/childrenfestival/7664.