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Your child’s imagination will soar at NAC Family Day

By Alejandro Bustos on February 14, 2015

For the fifth straight year, the National Arts Centre is putting on its annual NAC Family Day that will be filled with numerous children’s activities, games, special performances and baked treats.

Taking place in the NAC lobby on Monday, February 16, the event will run from noon to 4 pm with the theme possible worlds – perspective and scale.

“It’s all about playing with perspective and scale – twisted versions of reality,” says Judi Pearl, the Producer of NAC Family Day, when asked to explain the theme.  “We’re encouraging kids to use their imagination and this is what the arts do best!”

While most activities are geared for children aged 4-12 younger children are also welcome.

Having originally started as an English Theatre event, this annual celebration has since become a true NAC-wide extravaganza.

Families will be able to pick from a wide range of events, including a dance workshop by NAC Teaching Artist Siôned Watkins, which will teach children fun and energetic choreography.  The dance classes will last 45 minutes and will be repeated four times throughout the event.

“If past years are anything to go by, the dance workshops are particularly popular,” says Pearl.

There will also be theatre games and fast-paced workshops by the Canadian Improv Games for children ages 7 and up.  In addition, performers from the Ottawa Stilt Union are scheduled to appear.

“We also have a French theatre workshop Chloé et les lutins as well as the Three Minute Play Festival, which offers our visitors the chance to bring the work of young creators to life,” says Pearl.  “Another theatre game is the Twisted Tableaux, in which kids will direct their parents and caregivers in the creation of dramatic tableaux.”

In addition to the above activities, children can also partake in numerous other events, such as mini-rafts in the NAC fountain, wacky mirrors, face-painting, button-making, giant bowling and a bake sale.

All events for Family Day are free, with the exception of The Queen of Paradise’s Garden, a Newfoundland folk tale told by the inimitable Andy Jones.

Jones will be presenting two shows on Monday in the NAC’s Fourth Stage at 12:30 and 3:30 pm. Tickets for this performance start at $18.  Two further shows will take place on Saturday, February 21.