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ArtStarts on Saturdays & ArtStarts at River Market

Looking for fun, free things to do with kids in the Lower Mainland? ArtStarts is pleased to offer free arts-based events for kids and families each month—in both Vancouver and New Westminster. Join some of the best artists working with young people for performances and workshops that explore a wide range of cultures and artistic disciplines. Each 45-minute workshop takes place twice, at 11am and 1pm. Please arrive a little early as this is a popular program. Ideal for ages 8 and under, but all are welcome. Free! Donations welcome.


  • ArtStarts offers us something special each month we always look forward to it.
  • My daughter says it was awesome and she wishes she could do it every day!
  • This was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with my son—making art!
  • Thanks for bringing this to our 'hood. You are helping us to raise active and bright kids.
  • What an incredible performance! It was thoroughly enjoyed by our kids and by us, the parents. Thank you!
  • Wonderful, inspiring and fun workshop! Will use the skills at home, too.
  • Coming to ArtStarts in my community is always the highlight of the weekend.
  • The kids loved it and dad really got into it too - surfaced some amazing hidden artistic talents!
  • Great! Educational! Fun! Artistic!
Laughing Out Loud! with Kellie Haines

Laughing Out Loud! with Kellie Haines

This hilarious show blends musical numbers with fast paced ventriloquism comedy bits with Magrau the bird and Kamilla the frog.  

After a brief musical warm-up with Kellie, the audience meets Magrau the bird, who is a little hungry and full of surprises. He and Kellie take a series of comic detours – like a mangled rendition of the Itsy- Bitsy Spider song to a cupcake caper. Next we meet Kamilla the frog, a precocious four year-old frog with red hair. When it becomes clear that Kamilla forgot to round up other frogs for her big production number, Kellie recruits audience members who save the show. This heartwarming and funny show concludes with a final song about believing in yourself called Never Give Up.

Saturday, July 27, 2019, 11am and 1pm
ArtStarts Gallery (808 Richards St, Vancouver BC)

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 11am and 1pm
River Market (810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC)

About Kellie Haines

About Kellie Haines

Kellie Haines is a multi-talented entertainer who has mastered the art of storytelling through puppetry. Kellie combines a background in ventriloquism, music and clowning and as she explores a wide variety of topics with humour, compassion and boundless energy. Kellie’s music connects with audiences both young and old with her catchy tunes and playful puppets who also sing. From performing on stage for the first time at her school talent show to working professionally for stage and TV, including a Jim Henson TV show, Kellie never forgot what she wanted to do when she grew up!

More Fun Down the Block

More Fun Down the Block

If you're joining us at the ArtStarts Gallery in Vancouver on the last Saturday of every month, also be sure to also stop by the Contemporary Art Gallery, located just two blocks away (at the corner of Richards and Nelson). The CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. CAG Family Art Day events are planned on the last Saturday of the month from Noon to 3pm. Learn more.
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Westminster Savings is committed to increasing access to active living and the arts in our communities through their Project Better Balance.