Highlights from the Whistler Children’s Festival

Junior reporter, Serena Hudson, weighs in on this year’s event

This year at the Whistler Children’s Festival I was chosen to be the junior reporter. It was my fourth year attending the festival and it was a blast! I got to walk around and interview bands, volunteers and the people in charge of the stations. I spent two hours with the editor of The Question, Alyssa, learning how to interview and record people.

Here were some of my festival highlights:

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The X Corps Drumline  

The X Corps are a group of drummers from Chilliwack, B.C. It was their first time performing at the Whistler Children’s Festival and they had a great time. I was lucky enough to be able to interview them.

They played all sorts of music so that everyone could enjoy it. They played mostly pop songs that they had altered a little bit so that they would sound amazing when they performed them.

They walked around wearing their drums instead of placing them on the ground so they could move around and have a bit more freedom. They have seven performers per gig, but altogether they are a group of 11.

It looked like everyone really enjoyed their performance and I know I did. I really hope they come back next year so everyone can enjoy some musical fun.

Ski jump simulator

The ski jump station was run by the Whistler Sport Legacies (WSL) and it was so cool. It was a small ramp that had two skis attached to it so that you could stand on them and be pushed down the small ramp and jump on to a bouncy matt.

I saw lots of little kids really eager to try the real thing next ski season and build a lot of confidence on the ramp. My little brother tried it and said it was so fun. It is used to teach kids how to do the proper run in position so that they can do it correctly when they are on the real thing.

It was probably the busiest station after the balloon man and was mainly targeted towards little kids because the ski program starts at age eight. It was WSL’s first year at the festival and it looked like a great way to spread the sport of ski jumping.

House fire simulator

The fire simulator was a great way to share fire safety and teach kids what to do if a fire occurs. You go into a trailer that was made to look like a house and a firefighter asks you to point out all the things that were fire hazards.

It was a three-room trailer and each room was something different. The first was a stove hazard with ovens being left on and little kids reaching hot pots. The second was an open fire and the fire fighter explained that kids could burn their hands.

The last one was a smoky bedroom. You were asked if you wanted to see the fire room and when you entered, the room started to fill with smoke. You had to stay low, stay calm and evacuate through the window. This was a great way to teach fire safety while having fun.

WaterWise

WaterWise was a station that taught kids about boat safety, water safety and drowning prevention. The WaterWise team member asked you questions like, “When should you wear a lifejacket?” She also showed you all the equipment that you need so that you can have fun and stay safe.

There was also a fishing game where you could catch a fish and answer a question to win a prize. The booth showcased safety equipment like a lifejacket, throw bag, waterproof flashlight, rescue sticks and flares. This is a great way to share water safety so that kids can understand.

This year the festival was fantastic and it keeps getting better and better each year. I am so glad I got to be the junior reporter because it was amazingly fun. I loved spending two hours with Alyssa and I learnt so many new things.

I will be back to the Whistler Children’s Festival again next year for sure.

Serena Hudson, 11, was chosen as this year’s junior reporter.

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