Supercrawl Goes Big On Family Fun

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Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2018, Hamilton’s music and arts festival Supercrawl (presented by TD from September 13-16, 2018 on James Street North, Hamilton) has established itself as a must-see event on Canada’s festival circuit. A major part of that wide appeal is the festival’s attention to programming created to entertain and engage parents, children and creative spirits of all ages.

Made possible by Tim Hortons, the Tim Hortons Family Zone features engaging family-friendly programming that showcases Hamilton’s abundant creative talent and wealth of community cultural organizations. Located in the heart of the festival, its activity spans three days: Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16, on York Boulevard between James and Park Streets.

The Tim Hortons Family Zone programming is inspired by the ideals of honouring children’s voices and empowering their imagination. That thinking is captured in an eclectic lineup of hands-on activities that foster creativity, compassion and the capacity to see potential all around us. Those ideals are furthered by Culture for Kids in the Arts’ Artasia 2018 as well as participating groups An Instrument for Every Child, Art Gallery of HamiltonASM Materials Camps Canada, Crock A Doodle, De La Sol Yoga Studios, Dundas Valley School of Art88 Dragons Martial Arts Academy, Environment Hamilton, Forge FC, Girl Guides of Canada, Hamilton Children's ChoirHamilton Conservatory for the ArtsHamilton Music Collective, Hamilton Public LibraryHamilton Regional Indian CentreHamilton Youth Poets, Royal Botanical Gardens, McMaster University, Metrolinx, Theatre Aquarius, Wesley, Westdale Co-op Preschool, ­­the YMCA and YWCA, and more. 

The Tim Hortons Family Zone’s creative activities will line York Boulevard between James and Park and incorporate a farm-themed component, including a lively outdoor activation from the Hamilton Farmers’ Market on Saturday September 15.

Tim Hortons Family Zone will also host a handful of performances from Theatre Aquarius, plus vibrant and percussive spoken word sets from the rightfully celebrated Hamilton Youth Poets. There will also be a rustic and rambunctious musical workshop from The Vaudevillian, who’ll teach kids how to hold their own as a washboard player. Don’t have a washboard? Don’t get into a lather – The Vaudevillian will supply enough for a small washboard orchestra.   

And while we’re in bubble country, don’t forget to pay a visit to the giant Kids’ Foam Party in a 1,600 square foot inflatable pit filled with a sea of foam. It's non-toxic, dermatologically tested, biodegradable — just good clean fun! Parties take place daily on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with brief intermissions to allow for crew to re-foam the pit and a new round of bubble-lovers to gather. 

Facilitated by local artist-educators and community organizations, the Tim Hortons Family Zone will showcase entertaining performances, interactive arts activities and immersive installations designed to draw audiences in, spark creativity and ignite their imaginations. Attractions include an open-air movie screening, workshops on origami and stop motion animation, a chance to learn about pollinators and wetland ecosystems, interactive mini-workshops on urban farming, showcases of imaginative materials engineering, music and visual art, creative button-making, an instrument petting zoo, art and music workshops, yoga sessions, a board-breaking martial arts workshop and skills demonstration, storytelling with children’s authors, a scale model farmers’ market, as well as the chance to collaborate on a communal artwork and take part in an inventive obstacle course challenge, or soccer skill-building sessions that promise to improve physical literacy and body-awareness. The Family Zone promises audiences of all ages an eye-opening weekend of immersive creative inspiration.

Visit for a full list of activities!

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