First off, I would like to personally thank every single person who came out to the Shiny Kids Family Festival this year. Whether you were a performer, a volunteer, a parent, or a child, we appreciate your contribution to our festival.
Shiny Kids is proof that ideas can be turned into reality. All that is required is the simple decision to take action. I’ve had the idea for Shiny Kids rolling around in my head for about a year now and all it took was for me to make a couple of calls to get the ball rolling.
Over 200 people showed up to participate in the festivities this year as well as around 30 volunteers. Community Arts Programmer for Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, Cyndy Chwelos, informed us that Shiny Kids was one of the best turn outs they’ve ever had, which means that we will most assuredly begin organizing Shiny Kids 2013 soon.
Once again, the original intent behind Shiny Kids was to create a touring family festival that could fulfill all of the children’s and family zone needs at pre-existing festivals and events.
What I love about Shiny Kids is that there was never a dull moment throughout day. With all of the great performances in the theatre and inflatable domes, the arts and crafts, costume parades, hula hooping, roving entertainers, and face painting, children and parents alike enjoyed a fun filled day full of entertainment and activities.
We had an amazing group of performance volunteers this year including many gifted storytellers, clowns and roving performers that kept the energy high and the fun consistent throughout the day.
Save The Sea, our big theatre production, which was a collaboration between Gogo Bonkers, The Lost & Found Puppet Company and The Ta Daa Lady, was a complete success. Both shows proved to be a packed house and we were super stoked to have Patrick, our sound and lighting tech, along for the ride. I’d also like to mention Tom and Ryan who proved to be great backstage hands, running props on and off stage for us throughout the show.
A few more honourable mentions include Abacus Audio Visual, who sponsored the event with some good quality video equipment so that we could capture the entire event on video. (Those videos are coming soon). Also, our good friends Kimberly Skopnick and June Lam spent much of their time at the festival capturing magical moments on camera. Many of those pictures will be uploaded to the site soon.
So, once again, thank you to everyone who contributed, big or small, to Shiny Kids this year. We look forward to many future years as well as a cross Canada tour which we will begin planning soon. Also, keep in mind that Shiny Kids is a growing collective of children’s and family entertainers. We are always looking to expand our collective and tackle new and interesting projects. One of the projects we’ve been discussing for a while is a TV Show pilot, so if you have skills in this area or know someone who does, let us know. Take care, and if you would like to book Shiny Kids for your family event, please don’t hesitate to contact us.