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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.


Attention: The lift at our Vancouver location is currently out of order until further notice. Please read more information here.

If you have any questions about these free family performances, contact our Program Manager, Leah Horlick at [email protected]

  • 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!
The Gumboot Kids Live Show with Jessie Farrell

The Gumboot Kids Live Show with Jessie Farrell

The Gumboot Kids Live Show is a family entertainment experience for all-ages. It features award-winning performing artist, Jessie Farrell, singing songs about nature from the hit children’s series, The Gumboot Kids, along with choreographed dance routines from Scout & Daisy, which invite audience participation.

The live show has been winning hearts across Canada with its family friendly songs and lovable characters. The heart-centred and joyful show draws on the theme of exploring nature to create an exhilarating event for kids, parents and grandparents.

Suitable for children 8 and under

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 11am and 1pm
ArtStarts Gallery (808 Richards St, Vancouver BC)

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 11am and 1pm
River Market (810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC)

About Jessie Farrell

About Jessie Farrell

Jessie Farrell is a singer-songwriter with a passion for entertaining audiences with songs that connect with children and grownups alike. Her music is featured in the CBC Kids hit series The Gumboot Kids. She stars in the CBC Kids TV show Jessie & The Gumboot Kids, a series of music videos for children and their families. Her songs are also featured in Scout & The Gumboot Kids and Daisy & The Gumboot Kids.

Having established herself as Canada's country music sweetheart -- winning top honours from the Canadian Country Music Association, touring and writing with the biggest acts in country music, and building a loyal and loving fanbase from coast to coast -- Jessie stepped out of the spotlight to raise her children.

Motherhood would prove to be a powerful muse. Jessie poured her passion into writing music for her son and daughter. With an emphasis on melody and rhyme, she wrote about the little things that captivate a curious mind. Nature and mindfulness are the key themes of this collection of music.

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.
Family Fundays at the Anvil Centre

Family Fundays at the Anvil Centre

Enjoy a mini Family Day adventure in downtown New West! Start at River Market for ArtStarts’ free family programming then head to Anvil Centre for exceptional, creative family-friendly activities in New Media Gallery (Learning Lab), New West Museum and the 4th floor cultural studios. Free drop-in, all ages welcome.

Sunday, November 24, 12-3pm

Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster

For more information about this month’s activities head here.

More Events

More Events

Discover more upcoming events, and read stories about our past community events.


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