Friday June 12 I attended “school day” at Kelowna’s Fat Cat Children’s Festival. This year (2015) marked Fat Cat’s 25 Anniversary;”2500 kids including registered school groups were there, and that was just on Friday. The best thing about this event is that it is fun for all ages. There are all sorts of activities, including the classics such as, bouncy castles, face painting, clowns and balloon animals. And unique activities such a gymnastic lessons, caricatures, people dressed up in costumes walking around, and a huge Fat Cat hugging kids. There are crafts, drumming lessons, performances, and much more. During the day I got the opportunity to walk around Water front park meeting so many wonderful kids. The first thing I got to do was partake in a drumming and music lesson. First the kids and I got to learn how to drum on a Djembe drum. Lots of the kids were scared when they found out that these drums were made from animal pelts!
Then after a nice drumming workshop we broke into the percussion instruments, were I was given a turtle shell (yes a real turtle shell) I would have never thought that a turtle shell could make such a nice sound. How do you play a turtle shell you might ask? Well upside down of course. Yes you turn the turtle shell on its back and tap it with a stick. It made such a beautiful sound!! It was really fun seeing all of the kids play with the instruments.:)
Then after my music lesson I went and watched Alice in Wonderland on stage. This was a performance by a children’s theatre/school in Kelowna and it was amazing. They danced way better then I ever could have danced. The next thing I knew i had found my way over to the craft tent where I got to help kids make crafts (If I were a kid I would have never left this tent). All of the kids that I helped seemed to really enjoy me helping them.
One group of kids even made me beautiful art pieces and a button necklace…too cute. One of the coolest things was the caterpillar blow up tunnel obstacle course. A kid would enter the caterpillar’s mouth and crawl through the (about 50 foot) caterpillar to reach the end, and then go down a slide. But in the caterpillar were obstacles such as, blow up spikes, smiling caterpillars and uneven ground. It was fun watching the kids crawl though, and they even made me go though! And it was not as easy as it looked. At the end of the day I made so pretty nice friends with the other volunteers, and even though it was a colder day it was still great.👑